USNI News-CNA Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 3, 2017

October 3, 2017 7:44 AM
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The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA.
These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 3, 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
38 37 75

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
3 0 1 24 15 51 94

In Hong Kong

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits the Philippine Sea on Sept. 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is at anchor in the port of Hong Kong along with guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG-90).

The two ships are part of the Navy’s forward-deployed Task Force 70, the service’s largest operational battle group.

The task force is composed of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. The leadership of both the task force and DESRON 15 have changed following continuing results of investigations following two fatal collisions in the Western Pacific.

In Sasebo, Japan

Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) prepares to pass Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force general purpose destroyer JS Kirisame (DD 104) on its return to Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo on Sept. 25, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) returned to homeport in Sasebo, Japan, on Sept. 25 after four months of operations in the Western Pacific.

In the Red Sea

Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and America Amphibious Ready Group conduct physical training aboard the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6). US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 are operating in the Red Sea.

The ARG includes amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22).

In the Persian Gulf

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) participate in a search and rescue drill on Sept. 17, 2017. US Navy Photo

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

The CSG has been conducting operations in the Persian Gulf since Aug. 1.

In the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) departs Naval Station Norfolk to support humanitarian relief operations. US Navy Photo

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway for training.

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

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) got underway from Norfolk on Friday and is steaming toward Puerto Rico. Comfort changed her homeport to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in March 2013, a move that placed the ship closer to supplies and the medical crew, most of which come from Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Va.

Comfort is credited with a top speed of 17 knots. At top speed, she will arrive off Puerto Rico by late today or early Wednesday.

Wasp has been re-tasked from providing humanitarian relief in Dominica to provide support for Puerto Rico.

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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