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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 Dec. 18, 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:
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Ships Deployed by Fleet
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In the Western Pacific
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is in port in Yokosuka, Japan.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visited USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in Sasebo, Japan on Dec. 16.
“During his time aboard, CNO Richardson was able to interact with deckplate sailors and receive feedback from key leaders on the recently released comprehensive review, as well as thank those serving forward as the holidays approach,” according to a statement from the service.
In the Eastern Pacific
USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in the Pacific and has chopped into U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Wasp is transiting to Sasebo, Japan, to conduct a homeport shift with USS Bonhomme Richard as the flagship of amphibious forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. When Wasp joins the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan, the big deck will be the first FDNF ship capable of operating the Marine variant of the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter.
In the Persian Gulf
The Theodore Roosevelt CSG is conducting air strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
“The US airstrikes also intend to maintain pressure on the Taliban throughout the winter period,” according to a statement from the service.
CVW-17 squadrons have launched approximately 100 combat sorties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) since Dec. 1, 2017.
Carrier Strike Group 9
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) homeported in San Diego, Calif.
Carrier Air Wing 17
CVW 17 is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and includes nine squadrons and detachments:
- The “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
- The “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA-94 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
- The “Redcocks” of VFA-22 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
- The “Checkerboards” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.
- The “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
- The “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
- The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
- The “Indians” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
- The “Battlecats” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
Destroyer Squadron 23
The leadership of DESRON 23 is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and commands the CSG’s guided-missile destroyers.
- USS Sampson (DDG-102) homeported in Everett, Wash.
- USS Preble (DDG-88) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
- USS Halsey (DDG-97) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) homeported in San Diego, Calif.
In the Indian Ocean
The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), which deployed on July 7 from San Diego, have begun their journey home.
The America ARG departed the U.S. Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and is now chopped into the U.S. Pacific Command/U.S. 7th Fleet AOR and heading east across the Indian Ocean.
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 Western Atlantic
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) pulled into port in Norfolk, Va. on Sunday. Ford had been steaming independently for a test and evaluation period. Disney flew a copy of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi to the ship this weekend so the crew could view the latest Star Wars movie on the film’s opening weekend.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) also pulled in to her homeport of Norfolk. Last week Lincoln “completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft,” Navy officials said.
Along with Abraham Lincoln, the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101 and the “Vampires” of Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 successfully tested the Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS) aboard a carrier and used the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) in an operational setting.
“Thanks to the tireless work from the VFA-125, VFA-101, VX-9, CVN 72, and the [Lockheed Martin] Team, this detachment was able to successfully complete numerous milestones that will set the foundation for the future 5th generation employment of the F-35C into the Carrier Air Wing,” Cmdr. Scott Hulett, VFA-125’s executive officer, said in a report on WTVR.
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.