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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 22, 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. 22, 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
34 36 70

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 1 21 16 54 93

In the Eastern Pacific

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) transits Puget Sound after getting underway from Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Jan. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is underway for training in the Southern California Operating Area.

In the Middle Pacific

Cpl. Autumn Miller, an assistant gunner with Low-Altitude Air Defense detachment assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to test fire a Stinger launch simulator during a training exercise aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6). US Marine Corps Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) – which deployed July 10, 2017, from San Diego – is headed east for the final drive home.

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).

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), front, transits the Pacific Ocean next to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Jan. 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group continues to head west. With carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) tied up in maintenance for a couple months, the Vinson Strike Group is operating the Western Pacific for a short deployment just seven months after returning from the region. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is expected to enter the Western Pacific at a time the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier is moored in its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, for a planned maintenance period. Navy officials say the repairs will last a couple of months.

Some press reports indicate the Carl Vinson Strike Group will operate in the vicinity of Korea for the Winter Olympics.

Carrier Strike Group 1

Capt. Tom Barber, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 2 and Cmdr. Jason Hutcherson, commanding officer of the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 complete their 1000th carrier arrested landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Jan. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier:
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Carrier Air Wing 2

CVW 2 is embarked aboard Carl Vinson and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 2 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34 from Naval Air Station Oceania, Va.
  • The “Kestrels” of VFA-137 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Golden Dragons” of VFA-192 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Black Eagles” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 78) from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 1
The leadership of DESRON 1 is embarked aboard Carl Vinson and commands the CSG’s guided-missile destroyers.

  • USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

In the Western Pacific

Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Francisco Cejajimenez, uses a furnace inspection device to check the interior of the No. 2 boiler in the forward main machinery room of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). on Jan. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in port in Yokosuka, Japan, for maintenance.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is in Sasebo, Japan. Now that USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in Japan, USS Bonhomme Richard is expected to depart soon to return to the United States.

In the Persian Gulf

Sailors handle line in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during a replenishment-at-sea on Jan. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is conducting air strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The U.S. airstrikes also intend to maintain pressure on the Taliban throughout the winter period.

Carrier Strike Group 9

Logistics Specialist Seaman Recruit Austin Hibbard uses a pallet jack to move pallets during a replenishment-at-sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Jan. 18, 2018. 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 the Western Atlantic

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) travels through rough seas during an Independent Steaming Exercise (ISE) 5 on Jan. 18. 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) is conducting training in the Virginia Capes Operating Area.

  • D. Jones

    Need a “Deployed Ships Trapped by Ice” category

  • Ed L

    Really sad less than 20 ships in the 6th fleet now a days. I remember when we had 40 ships.

  • Ed L

    Sailors handle line in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during a replenishment-at-sea on Jan. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo This photo really bother me. I am thinking that it was stage. No Sailor with any knowledge of UNREP would put sailors together in such a mismatch height. Well back then it was easier while assembling the Highline detail. We would pick those that were within an inch or two of the same height. made it easier when rotating them to the front.