USNI News-CNA Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 26, 2017

October 26, 2017 4:38 PM - Updated: October 26, 2017 5:00 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 Oct. 26, 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
54 56 110

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
4 0 2 19 13 67 105

In the Middle Pacific

Four F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, fly in formation over Wake Island and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility on Oct. 24. The ship conducted air operations near the U.S. holding of Wake Island on Oct. 26, according to the service.

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

The Roosevelt CSG is expected to resume U.S. carrier-launched strikes as part of Operation Inherent Resolve when it arrives in the Middle East.

There are reports the Roosevelt CSG could conduct dual-carrier operations off of the Korean Peninsula with the Ronald Reagan CSG. The forward-deployed Reagan Strike Group recently completed operations with Republic of Korea forces in a series of multi-national exercises.

In the Indian Ocean

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG -2) patrol alongside each other, Oct. 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group entered U.S. 7th Fleet, after departing the Persian Gulf and U.S. 5th Fleet after three months of operations against ISIS as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

On Oct. 25, the strike group crossed the border between Pakistan and India in the Arabian Sea, according to the service, putting it into the 7th Fleet AOR.

It’s yet unclear if Nimitz CSG will conduct operations with the two other carrier strike groups in 7th Fleet.

The deployments of all three strike groups comes a week ahead of President Donald Trumps visit to Asia with visits planned to China, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea. Trump departs the U.S. on Nov. 3.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Anthony Pinto, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, assigned to the air department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), signals an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) to lift off from the flight deck during flight operations. US Navy Photo

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

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

San Diego arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, on Oct. 15 for a mid-deployment maintenance availability.

Other ARG units are participating in Exercise Iron Magic 18, a military exercise between the UAE Armed Forces and U.S. forces that started last week in the UAE.

In the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea

Coalition forces drive tactical vehicles off a landing craft air-cushioned vehicle during a ship to shore amphibious landing as part of Exercise Bold Alligator 17 at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, NC. US Navy Photo

Amphibious exercise Bold Alligator 17 continues off the coast of North Carolina, though smaller in scale this year due to many of the exercise’s planned participants still conducting hurricane response efforts in the Caribbean.

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 crew’s individual ship training and culminates in a Final Evaluation Problem (FEP). The next underway phase of Truman‘s training will include other ships as the carrier continues deployment work-up.

The amphibious assault ships USS Wasp (LHD-1) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) are ending their relief missions in Puerto Rico.

“Their principal contribution to the hurricane relief effort has been helicopter support. FEMA and DoD have determined there are sufficient land-based helicopters and tilt-rotor lift capabilities in the territories to continue helping the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as they recover,” read a Thursday statement from the Pentagon.

A CT-45C Goshawk assigned to Commander, Naval Air Training Detachment lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Oct. 24, 2017. US Navy Photo

Wasp is bound for Japan to join the forward deployed naval forces to be the first amphibious warship to deploy with the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter.

Marines of the 24th MEU and Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, continue to support the humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrived off Puerto Rico on 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. Comfort’s secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide,” according to U.S. Military Sealift Command.

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