USNI News-CNA Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 11:31 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. 16, 2017 based on Navy and public data. 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
43 39 82

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
4 0 1 24 15 53 97

In the Sea of Japan

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) hovers over the ship during a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Oct. 11, 2017. US Navy Photo

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group began a series of naval exercises with South Korea on Monday.

“Vessels from the United States Navy and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy are scheduled to participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX) Oct. 16-26,” read a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.
“U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise include USS Stethem (DDG-63), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS Mustin (DDG-89).”

In the Eastern Pacific

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Oct. 10, 2017. US Navy Photo

About 7,500 sailors and Marines with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group departed Oct. 7 from San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and the Middle East.

They are steaming west and are currently about halfway to Hawaii.

The Roosevelt Strike Group is expected to ultimately relieve the Nimitz Strike Group in the Persian Gulf.

In the Gulf of Aden

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83) escorts the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) and the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary fleet replenishment ship Fort Rosalie (A385) through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait on Oct. 11, 2017. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 have transited the Bab-el- Mandeb from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden. The Bab-el-Mandeb is a strait between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa and is about twenty miles across. In Arabic, Bab-el-Mandeb translates to the “Gate of Tears.”

The America 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

The band ‘Jared and the Mill’ performs for the crew aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in the Persian Gulf on the occasion of the Navy’s 242nd Birthday on Oct. 13, 2017. US Navy Photo

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

In the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea

Sailors unload ordnance from an F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Oct. 10, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is underway in the fleet operations areas off of Norfolk, Va., conducting a Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA). This is the final step in the individual ship training period and culminates in a Final Evaluation Problem (FEP). The next underway phase of the carrier’s training will integrate other ships as Truman continues deployment work-ups.

The 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 Marine Expeditionary Unit, continue to support the humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

A Landing Craft Utility, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), transports Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Kearsarge to Puerto Rico on Oct. 14, 2017. US Navy Photo

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrived off Puerto Rico on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

“Comfort’s primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable, and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare,” according to Military Sealift Command.
“Comfort’s secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.”

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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