These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 24, 2017. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship.
Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:
|Deployed Ships Underway||Non-deployed Ships Underway||Total Ships Underway|
Ships Deployed by Fleet
|3rd Fleet||4th Fleet||5th Fleet||6th Fleet||7th Fleet||Total|
In the Western Pacific
The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) continue west. They have crossed the International Date Line and chopped into the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. With its headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan, the 7th Fleet is the Navy’s forward operational fleet in the western Pacific and a large portion of the Indian Ocean.
Ultimately, the America ARG/15th MEU will relieve the Bataan ARG in the Middle East.
The 15th MEU – embarked on the America ARG ships – includes the following units: a ground combat element with Marines from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines; an aviation combat element with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced); and a combat logistics element with Combat Logistics Battalion 15.
In the Coral Sea
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group with 31 Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked have completed the biennial Talisman Saber exercise off Northeast Australia.
Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in Brisbane, Australia, conducting a port visit.
The Navy uses the term Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) when an Amphibious Ready Group is assigned surface combatants. USS Sterett (DDG-104), deployed to the western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s “3rd Fleet Forward” initiative, is the surface ship assigned to the Bonhomme Richard ESG.
In the Persian Gulf
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group has now chopped into the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and is inside the Persian Gulf. The Nimitz CSG is in position to conduct anti-ISIS strikes in Syria and Iraq. This places an aircraft carrier in the Gulf for the first time since May 29.
With its headquarters in Bahrain, U.S. 5th Fleet is the Navy’s component commander for U.S. Central Command.
In the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea
The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is operating off Yemen. The Bataan ARG/24th MEU has been in theater in March. The America ARG – currently in the Western Pacific – deployed July 7 from San Diego and will ultimately relieve Bataan ARG in the Middle East.
In the Strait of Gibraltar
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is transiting the Strait of Gibraltar and is headed west. The CSG has completed operations in the eastern Mediterranean, where it was conducting anti-ISIS air strikes. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) has a port call planned in Portsmouth, U.K., before arriving at its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
In the Atlantic
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is underway for the first time in ten months on sea trials following a repair availability in the public Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va.
During the availability, “maintenance and refurbishments were made to shipboard systems in preparation for future operations, including rehabilitating 90,000 square feet of Truman’s hangar bay, 7,000 square feet of its flight deck combing and scuppers, and 10,000 square feet of catwalk,” according to Naval Sea Systems Command.
“Refurbishments to crew living spaces included the rehabilitation of 12 berthing spaces, 10 heads and the preservation of 963 decks over the course of 309,000 man hours.”
In addition to these major formations, not shown are thousands of others sailors and Marines serving aboard submarines, individual surface ships, aircraft squadrons, SEAL teams, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces and other units around the globe.