USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017 10:07 AM - Updated: August 2, 2017 6:33 AM
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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 31, 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:


Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
58 32 90

Ships Deployed by Fleet

3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 2 25 22 55 106

In the Western Pacific

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) prepares to make a vertical landing on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) on July 16, 2017. US Marine Corps photo.

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) continue west, now operating in the Western Pacific.

Ultimately, the America ARG/15th MEU will relieve the Bataan ARG in the Middle East.

In the Coral Sea

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) departs Brisbane, Australia, after a scheduled port visit on July 28, 2017. US Navy photo.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group with 31st MEU embarked swapped places in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday and Friday.

Bonhomme Richard ESG/31st MEU arrived in Brisbane on Thursday, July 28. Ronald Reagan CSG departed Brisbane on Friday, July 29.

In the Persian Gulf

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) stand watch in an A/S 32-P-25 fire-fighting truck on the flight deck as an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75, flies above on July 24, 2017. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is in position to conduct anti-ISIS strikes in Syria and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In the latest of a series of incidents involving Iranian ships, a helicopter from the Nimitz and U.S. ship fired warning flares Friday at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol craft.

In the Gulf of Aden/Red Sea

Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) practice combat techniques during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) on July 20, 2017. Carter Hall is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. US Navy photo.

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is operating off Yemen after arriving in theater in March.

The ARG/MEU’s mission is to provide crisis response and contingency support to combatant commanders, including maritime security operations, humanitarian assistance and advance force operations.

The America ARG and 15th MEU – currently in the Western Pacific – will ultimately relieve the Bataan ARG on station in the Middle East. Bataan ARG and 24th MEU are due to return home to Norfolk, Va., in September.

In the Atlantic

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) transits the Mediterranean Sea on July 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is completing a port call in Portsmouth, UK. The Carrier Strike Group consists of the flagship USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) with embarked staffs of Carrier Strike Group 2, Carrier Air Wing 8, and Destroyer Squadron 22, and the squadrons of CVW-8; guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) and USS Hue City (CG-66); and Destroyer Squadron 22 guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG-58) and USS Truxtun (DDG-103).

The Bush CSG will take part in Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1-10 August to “demonstrate Allied interoperability and collective defense through power projection from the sea.” Nations scheduled to participate in Saxon Warrior 17 include: Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Saxon Warrior was last held in 2011.

According to U.K. Carrier Strike Group Commodore Andrew Betton, “the U.K. contribution will be two Type 23 frigates supporting the U.S. aircraft carrier, a Royal Navy submarine, the Carrier Strike Group U.K. battle staff, fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft operating from ashore, and then the central training staff who will be based in Faslane in Scotland.”

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.

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