USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 11, 2017

September 11, 2017 4:14 PM
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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. 11, 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
50 36 86

Ships Deployed by Fleet

3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 2 25 21 52 101

In the Western Pacific

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) departs Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on Sept. 8, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is underway off Japan for training activities following a maintenance availability.

In the Bismarck Sea

A Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) repels from an MV-22B Osprey assigned to the “Dragons” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) onto the aircraft elevator of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a static rope exercise on Sept. 09, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Melbourne, Australia, on Sept. 3. The group will transit the Bismarck Sea, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, before heading north to Japan.

The Bismarck Sea is named in honor of the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The Bismarck Archipelago extends around to the east and north of the sea, enclosing the Bismarck Sea and separating it from the Southern Pacific Ocean. It was the site of a major World War II naval battle, the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, from March 2 to 4, 1943.

In the Eastern Pacific

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jordan Hunter watches the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transit the Pacific Ocean from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14. John C. Stennis is underway conducting carrier qualifications and training for future operations after completing flight deck certification. US Navy photo.

After conducting flight deck certification, carrier qualification, and training in the operations areas off of San Diego, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is headed north to her homeport at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash. Naval Base Kitsap is a Navy base created in 2004 by merging the former Naval Station Bremerton with Naval Submarine Base Bangor.

In Singapore

Tugboats from Singapore assist the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards 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. 2017. 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, is conducting 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.

McCain will be lifted to Japan under a Navy contract with SMIT Salvage by the end of September.

In the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden

Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) board an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) for a scheduled departure to Djibouti in support of exercise Alligator Dagger 2017. US Navy Photo

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

In the Persian Gulf

Marines load ordnance onto an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Persian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) commenced combat flight operations on Aug. 1, conducting anti-ISIS strikes in Syria and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In the Mediterranean

U.S. Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, center, commander of U.S. Africa Command visits USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). US Navy Photo

The Bataan ARG and the 24th MEU are in port in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. They will return home to the East Coast by the end of September.

On Sept. 6, U.S. Africa Command commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser visited USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), part of the Bataan ARG.

In the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Brandon Larnard from Helicopter Sea Combat 22 (HSC-22) assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) prepares a burn victim inside an MH-60s Sea Hawk helicopter for evacuation in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Irma to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. US Navy photo.

USS Wasp (LHD-1) left Naval Station Norfolk on Wednesday 30 August 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. Wasp will operate with the F-35Bs of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121).

Hurricane Irma Response

On its way to its new homeport, Wasp is evacuating patients from the U.S. Virgin Islands, while amphibious warships USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) with 26th MEU and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff are assisting in recovery efforts.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducts high-speed turn drills in the Atlantic Ocean during sea trials on May 11, 2017. Abraham Lincoln is underway after successfully completing it’s mid-life refueling and complex overhaul and will spend several days conducting comprehensive tests of many of the ship’s key systems and technologies. US Navy photo.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and other ships are underway and ready to conduct Hurricane Irma relief as required. Abraham Lincoln got underway from Norfolk on Friday without its full air wing. The aircraft carrier instead is loaded with additional helicopters to help with rescues and delivering supplies.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and USS New York (LPD-21) departed Mayport, Fla., on Tuesday and loaded more than 300 Marines and sailors from the 26th MEU, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and II Marine Expeditionary Force. The aircraft include three CH-53E Marine Heavy Lift Helicopters, 10 MH-60S and 14 MH-60R Navy Medium Lift Helicopters. The ships can provide medical support, security, logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support, and can assist state and federal agencies assessing damage.

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.

Sept. 11, 2017

The following is a brief documentary by the Navy on the origin of the amphibious warship USS Somerset (LPD-23), named after the passengers of United Flight 93.

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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