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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 2, 2018

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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 Jan. 2, 2018, 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:

280

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
35 3 43

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 2 2 21 13 57 95

In the Western Pacific

Aviation Boatswain Mate Handling Airman Ryan Sharland directs a UH-1Y Venom, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (reinforced) on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) on Dec. 28, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is in port in Yokosuka, Japan. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is in port in Sasebo, Japan.

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), which deployed from San Diego in July, spent Christmas in Singapore. USS America (LHA-6) departed on Dec. 28 to continue its transit home.

Singaporean contractors moor the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) as she pulls in to RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base, Singapore during a regularly scheduled port visit on Dec. 22. US Navy Photo

The ARG also includes amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22).

In the Middle Pacific

Sailors salute while passing the USS Arizona memorial on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on Dec. 28, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD-1) recently stopped at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii en route Japan. Wasp is transiting to Sasebo, Japan, to conduct a homeport shift with USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) 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 it will be the first FDNF ship capable of operating the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Sailors heave line during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on Dec. 27, 2017. US Navy Photo

When leaving or entering Pearl Harbor, U.S. Navy ships render full honors when passing the USS Arizona Memorial.

In the Persian Gulf

Three F/A-18 Hornets rest on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Arabian Gulf on Dec. 22, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is continuing to conduct air strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The U.S. airstrikes are also meant to maintain pressure on the Taliban throughout the winter period in Afghanistan.

Carrier Strike Group 9

Sailors and Marines look for debris during a foreign object debris walkdown on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Dec. 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier:
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

Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

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.

  • publius_maximus_III

    Looks like all quiet in the Western Hemisphere.