USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 5, 2017

September 5, 2017 11:33 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 Sept. 5, 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
49 32 81

Ships Deployed by Fleet

3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 1 25 20 48 95

In the Western Pacific

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following its scheduled patrol on Aug. 9, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is underway off Japan.

At the International Seapower Symposium in Seoul, South Korea today, Pacific Fleet Commander – Admiral Scott Swift – said, “The (USS Ronald) Reagan is out and about in the Pacific.” Swift said it’s possible to bring Reagan, which is homeported in Japan, to a strike group in the waters around Korea or let it continue operations under the original planning process.

In the Eastern Pacific

Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock, left, outgoing commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, receives an award during a change of command ceremony for CSG-3 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on Aug. 29, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) has departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to carry out flight deck certification tests, among other training activities.

The flight deck certification procedures represent a major milestone in John C. Stennis‘ reintegration into the fleet, following the carrier’s six-month planned incremental availability (PIA) maintenance period.

In Singapore

USS John McCain (DDG-56) arrives at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. US Navy Photo

USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) remains in Singapore. Rear Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Personnel Command and Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, will lead a dual admiralty and Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) investigation into the Aug. 21 collision between John S. McCain and the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker Alnic MC.

In the Red Sea/the Gulf of Aden

A landing craft utility assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 exits the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on Aug. 28, 2017. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet and is operating in the vicinity of Yemen.

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group operating with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has departed Aqaba, Jordan.

The America ARG and the 15th MEU now on station, Bataan ARG and the 24 MEU can depart for home via the Suez and the Mediterranean Sea.

The America ARG, commanded by Commander Amphibious Squadron 3, consists of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52). They will operate with embarked forces of the 15th MEU, the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, and detachments from Assault Craft Unit 5, Naval Beach Group 1, Beachmaster Unit 1, Fleet Surgical Team 1 and Tactical Air Control Squadron 11.

The 15th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force comprised of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines; an aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced); and a combat logistics element, Combat Logistics Battalion 15.

In the Coral Sea

A Marine assigned to the “Tomcats” of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 conducts maintenance on an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 21, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, operating with the 31 Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Melbourne, Australia on Sept. 3and are headed north.

In the Arabian Gulf

U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Raymond Dalope, from San Jose, Calif., cleans the inside of a panel on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, from the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, in preparation for an inspection aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Aug. 31, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group commenced combat flight operations on 1 Augustconducting anti-ISIS strikes in Syria and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Nimitz left Bahrain and is operating in the central Persian Gulf.

In the Western Atlantic

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) wave goodbye as the exit the Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 30, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Aug. 31 — taking on aircraft, fuel and supplies on its way to support relief operations following Hurricane Harvey. The amphibious warship is underway with USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) and elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

USS Wasp (LHD-1) left Naval Station Norfolk on Wednesday, Aug. 30 for Sasebo, Japan, where the amphibious assault ship will be the forward-deployed flagship of the amphibious force of the U.S. 7th Fleet.

This homeport shift will provide the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan an F-35B Joint Strike Fighter-capable amphibious assault – pairing it with the F-35Bs of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121).

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is underway. Lincoln left Newport News Shipbuilding in May having completed its four-year refueling and midlife overhaul.

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.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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