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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 29, 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. 29, 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
47 31 78

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 5 0 20 14 55 94

In the Eastern Pacific

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) prepare to man the rails as the ship departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Jan. 25, 2018. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) – which deployed July 10, 2017, from San Diego, Calif. – is headed east for the final drive home. USS America (LHA-6) stopped in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday and Thursday and picked up friends and family of the sailors and Marines for a Tiger Cruise. They departed Hawaii on Friday and will return home to San Diego later this week.

Seaman Elijah King, from Seattle, heaves a mooring line as USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) gets underway on Jan. 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

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

Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) got underway from San Diego on Jan. 26 for training in the Southern California Operating Area.

In the Western Pacific

Operations Specialist Seaman Durward McVay, from Marble Falls, Texas, tracks simulated surface contacts during a combat systems drill in the combat information center 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 a maintenance availability. Reagan hosted Adm. James Caldwell, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. During his visit, Caldwell had an opportunity to see Reagan sailors work during the availability and hold discussions on the future of nuclear power in the service.

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group is in port in Sasebo, Japan.

“The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) departed Sasebo, Japan, on Jan. 23, to conduct its second day of a Readiness for Sea Assessment following the completion of a four-month in-port maintenance period. The assessment, which requires a day of at-sea operations, takes place in advance of a regularly scheduled patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations,” said a statement from the service.

The Bonhomme Richard deployment is expected to be the beginning of the ship’s return transit to the United States.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has now entered into the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

Carrier Strike Group 1

Two AV-8B Harriers assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 fly in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Jan. 20, 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.

While USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is tied-up in maintenance, the Vinson Strike Group is pinch-hitting in the Western Pacific on a short deployment one year after previously operating in the region.

Plans are in works for a U.S. aircraft carrier to make a port call in Vietnam for the first time since end of the Vietnam War, defense officials announced on Thursday. Pending approval from Vietnamese officials, Vinson will make a port visit to Da Nang in March as part of its current deployment to the Western Pacific.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives in Hanoi on Jan. 24, 2018. DoD Photo

“While the U.S. has sent several destroyers on port visits to Vietnam and conducted limited training with the Vietnam People’s Navy, the arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier will be largest American military presence in the country since the U.S. withdrawal for the Vietnam War in 1975,” reported USNI News last week.
“The port visit was one of several topics discussed during a Thursday meeting in Hanoi between Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Vietnam Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich.”

In the Persian Gulf

Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Jeremy Grimes looks through a magnifying glass during a nondestructive inspection of aircraft parts aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Jan. 24, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt CSG is in Manama, Bahrain. The CSG has been 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

An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Sunkings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 on Jan. 24, 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

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Nicholas Brooks grinds a platform in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Jan. 23, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is conducting training in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas.

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.

  • D. Jones

    Wisely, the locations of the vaunted LCS are kept most secret.

    This causes Russian, Chicom, Iranian, North Korean and other nefarious types countless sleepless nights. One can imagine Putin, Xi or KJU asking “Where are the LCS?!?!?!?!?” only to gaze upon terrified enemy military commanders silently admitting they know not where the speedy masters of the sea lurk.

    • Bulldogdriver

      With a max speed of some 45 knots and its secret engineering capabilities, LCS are hard to find and predict. 4 hours after a potential sighting, an enemy MPA may be searching some 200nm ahead of its last known heading and not find it as the LCS has not sailed a single mile due to an engineering casualty.

      • D. Jones

        Indeed! The LCS fleet can be pre-positioned at repair docks around the world and, equipped with spinning ship numbers a la 007’s Aston Martin license plates, keep the enemy guessing as to which LCS is where. “Your excellency, LCS 9 was in Montreal on Tuesday, by Wednesday LCS 9 was sighted in Yokasuka! The American’s LCS must have teleportation capability!?!?!?! We are hopelessly outmatched by this technological wonder!!!”

        • Bulldogdriver

          Superb port defense. No enemy can come close to the port less they want to experience the wrath of Harpoons, RAMs and airburst 57mm shells.

          • D. Jones

            The thunderous report alone from a full broadside of the mighty LCS’ weapons would send evildoers fleeing. Not unlike some giant 12 gauge being racked. Reports of Montrealians suffering from LIS (LCS Intimidation Syndrome) are already filtering in, and without a shot being fired. We have truly entered a new era in warships.

          • Real sailor

            I can’t wait until they get the “scream at the sky” module working properly, they tried using the Rosie voice but it didn’t seem to scare anyone, next they going to try to Maxine voice…

        • Western

          That USS Little Rock (LCS-9) mockup in the ice in Montreal is a marvel of stealth engineering. Who knows where the real ship is at this time?

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          Since the LCS spends most of it’s lifespan in it’s ‘safeplace’ i.e. the dry dock, I hear that they’re considering the commissioning of dry dock as warships. Thus we’d have “Attack Dry Dock Littoral” or ‘ADD’ for short. Next step, strap some Harpoons one and call rename it a “Attack Dry Dock Cruiser” or ‘ADD-C’ for short. Of course, the remaining modules are all under development. 😛

  • Andrew

    commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, were all removed from their positions sec defense ask pentagon about my coin I sent via mail . please move best gun potential plan blue moon