USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 25, 2017

September 25, 2017 12:33 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. 25, 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 35 85

Ships Deployed by Fleet

3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 24 18 52 95

In the Western Pacific

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Sept. 19, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is underway off of Japan following a maintinence period.

In Okinawa, Japan

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepare to disembark the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan on Sept. 19, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group remains in Okinawa, Japan to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit following a Western Pacific deployment.

In the Gulf of Aden

Expeditionary base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3), left, the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83), back, are underway in formation on Sept. 16, 2017. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 15th MEU and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 were involved in Operation Alligator Dagger 2017 off Djibouti.

The exercise also involved the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) of the America ARG, along with the expeditionary support base ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3), the newly-commissioned afloat forward staying base variant of the mobile landing platforms,” read a release from the service.
“As additional support, the ARG also utilized the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG-83) and USS Kidd (DDG-100).”

Puller (ESB 3) was commissioned on Aug 17.

In the Persian Gulf

USS Nimitz (CVN-68), middle, conducts a formation group sail with the French navy air defense destroyer FS Jean Bart (D615), top, and the French navy destroyer FS Auvergne (D654) on Sept. 19, 2017. 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.

On Tuesday, carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) conducted a formation group sail with the French navy air defense destroyer FS Jean Bart (D615), the French navy destroyer FS Auvergne (D654) in the Persian Gulf and the Royal Australian Navy frigate – HMAS Newcastle.

In Norfolk and Little Creek, Va.

USS Bataan (LHD-5) pulls alongside the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-9) for ammunition offload on Sept. 19, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned home from a 7- month deployment on Saturday, Sept. 22.

“While deployed, the BAT ARG/24 MEU team, aboard USS Bataan (LHD-5), USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) and USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation,” read a release from the service.

In the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea

MH-60S helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat 22 (HSC-22) attached to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) survey damage over the island of Dominica on Sept. 23, 2017. US Navy Photo

The amphibious assault ships USS Wasp (LHD-1), USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) along with the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are providing humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) directed USS Wasp to the Leeward Islands, where it will support U.S. State Department assistance to U.S. citizens in Dominica, as well as U.S. foreign disaster assistance requested by Caribbean nations impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),” read a release from U.S. Southern Command.
“The ship’s arrival will expand the mission of Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI), which deployed to San Juan, Puerto Rico Sept. 9 to support U.S. relief operations in St. Martin.”

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 602nd Area Support Medical Company, 261st Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, depart the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) aboard a landing craft, utility in the Caribbean Sea on Sept. 23, 2017. US Army Photo

Wasp departed for Sasebo, Japan Aug. 30 to assume duties as the forward-deployed flagship of the amphibious force of the U.S. 7th Fleet. The ship was conducting its transit and was redirected to assist with relief efforts.

Wasp was underway to its new homeport in Sasebo, Japan on Aug. 30 to be the flagship for the forward-deployed U.S. amphibious forces in the Pacific when it was tasked to assist with disaster relief efforts.

The amphibious warships Kearsarge and Oak Hill departed Norfolk in late August following landfall of Hurricane Harvey. The ships were re-tasked to support efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and, now, Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In Mayport, Fla.

Sailors lower a landing craft personnel from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) port gallery deck during small boat operations on Sept. 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), USS New York (LPD-21), USS Farragut (DDG-99), and Marines from the 26th MEU, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and II Marine Expeditionary Force returned home to the Mayport/Jacksonville, Fla. area on Tuesday. While underway, they provided disaster relief in the Florida Keys.

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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