USNI News-CNA Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 6, 2017

November 6, 2017 9:09 PM
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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 Nov. 6, 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 29 83

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 1 2 18 15 67 104

In the Western Pacific

U.S. Navy Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Owen, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2, mans an M240G machine gun aboard an MK VI patrol boat while providing high-value asset protection for the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as it transits (CVN-71) to Apra Harbor, Guam on Oct. 31, 2017. 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 Wake Island on Oct. 26 and arrived in Guam on Oct. 31. This is the first visit to Guam by USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

The Theodore Roosevelt CSG is now underway from Guam and expected to conduct multi-carrier operations off with the Ronald Reagan and Nimitz CSGs later this week.

Ultimately, the Roosevelt CSG is expected to transit to the Persian Gulf and continue U.S. led strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.

In the Sea of Japan

YN3 James Watts, from Powder Springs, Ga., left, screams while being scared by Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Marquia Jennings, from Charlotte, N.C., right, during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored haunted house on Halloween aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63) on Oct. 31, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting operations in the Sea of Japan. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is expected to conduct multi-carrier operations with the Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz CSGs. The U.S. Navy periodically conducts large-scale exercises that involve two carriers. The last time three carriers operated together was off Guam in 2007 during the biennial Valiant Shield exercise.
“These three carriers are not there specifically targeting North Korea… This is a routine demonstration of our commitment to the region,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, said last week.

The chairman did acknowledge closer attention is being paid to Pyongyang, in light of its actions. “I think it’s fair to say that all of us,” he said, “have a heightened sense of urgency for the past year and a half, and in particular, in the last couple months.”

In the South China Sea

U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 2nd Class Blake Oney, from Beiber, Calif., grinds a table edge aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 31, 2017, in the Indian Ocean. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz CSG departed Sri Lanka on Oct. 31. The CSG transited the Strait of Malacca and Singapore Strait and is now in the South China Sea.

The Nimitz CSG, Carrier Strike Group 11, is made up of Destroyer Squadron 9, Carrier Air Wing 11, the USS Princeton (CG-59), USS Howard (DDG-83), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and USS Kidd (DDG-100).

The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4). US Navy Photo

The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) departed Singapore on Nov. 4 after completing a 14-month rotational deployment to Southeast Asia.

In the Middle Pacific

The guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG-77) departs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on Nov. 3, 2017. US Navy Photo

Guided-missiles destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG-77) deployed from Pearl Harbor on Nov. 3. She deployed independently to the Western Pacific where she helps fill a gap left by USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) that were both damaged in ship collisions this year.

In the Eastern Pacific

Sailors participate in a foreign object debris (FOD) walkdown on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Oct. 27, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson CSG is underway in the Southern California Operating Areas conducting a Sustainment Training Exercise (SUSTEX). According to a Navy spokesman, SUSTEX “allows all elements of a CSG to regroup in order to maintain their efficiency ahead of a future deployment.” During the training exercise, a sailor was injured by a towed aircraft on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) left Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Nov. 3 for training.

In the Persian Gulf

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) pull alongside the ship USS America (LHA-6 ) on Oct. 31, 2017. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are operating in the Persian Gulf.

Other ships in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG include the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22).

In the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk following relief efforts. US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is underway conducting underway training. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)is underway conducting flight operations and training.
Due to extended time conducting hurricane relief, before continuing her journey to Japan, USS Wasp (LHD-1) stopped at Naval Station Mayport, Fla to conduct some maintenance, repairs, and re-supply before commencing her transit. Wasp is, ultimately, bound for Japan to join the forward-deployed naval forces to be the first amphibious warship to deploy with a squadron of Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters.

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Monday after two months at sea in support of disaster relief operations.

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrived off Puerto Rico on Oct. 3 and continues to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief.

In addition to these major formations, not shown are thousands of others serving in submarines, individual surface ships, aircraft squadrons, SEALs, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, Coast Guard cutters and more serving throughout the globe.

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