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USNI News Fleet Tracker: Feb. 12, 2018

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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 Feb. 5, 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
37 41 78

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 5 0 20 14 52 91

In the Western Pacific

Sailors wash an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Feb. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is operating in the South China Sea.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is in the Western Pacific at a time the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), is moored in its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, for a planned maintenance period that Navy officials say is expected to last a couple of months.

Plans are in works for a U.S. aircraft carrier to make a port call in Vietnam for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War.

Carrier Strike Group 1

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) transits the Surigao Strait on Feb. 7, 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.

Carrier Ronald Reagan is in port in Yokosuka, Japan, for a maintenance availability.

USS Wasp (LHD-1) is pierside in Sasebo, Japan.

The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group is underway for a regularly scheduled patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Bonhomme Richard ESG is in Thailand to conduct exercise Cobra Gold 18.

In the Persian Gulf

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Paul Hall creates a watch bill for handling aircraft in flight deck control aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the Persian Gulf. 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 MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) at sunrise on Fe. 8, 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

Seaman Jonathon Espinozalopez, left, and Seaman Jeffrey Boekeloo, right, drive the ship from the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as it departs Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed on Feb. 7 from Mayport, Florida. The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) includes amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD-21), dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 8 and FST-4, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 22, components of Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 4.

The Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway for composite training unit exercise, known as COMPTUEX, a month-long exercise designed to integrate the units of the strike group and test their ability to carry out combat operations at sea. Ships and air squadrons will be tested in areas such as air warfare, strait transits, and responses to surface and subsurface contacts and electronic attacks.

“COMPTUEX tests our ability to combine all units and capabilities within the strike group into a cohesive, multi-mission fighting force that can perform sustained combat operations at sea,” Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, said in a statement.
“Performing this critical evolution now, before deployment, allows our strike group to find out its strengths, but more importantly to pinpoint where we can better integrate a team.”

COMPTUEX is the final stage of pre-deployment workups for the strike group.

The Harry S. Truman Strike Group (HSTCSG) participates in an exercise during a composite unit training exercise. HSTCSG is underway performing COMPTUEX, which evaluates the strike group’s ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea – ultimately certifying the HSTCSG for deployment on Feb. 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

Carrier:

  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

Air Wing:
Carrier Air Wing One, embarked on Harry S. Truman

Staffs
Carrier Strike Group 8 and Destroyer Squadron 28

Guided-missile destroyers: 

  • USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)
  • USS Bulkeley (DDG 84)
  • USS The Sullivans (DDG-68)
  • USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81)
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99)
  • USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)
  • USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)

Guided-missile cruiser: 

  • USS Normandy (CG-60) homeported in Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Allied Ships

  • Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F 311)
  • German Navy frigate FGS Hessen (F 221)

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is underway for training, operating in the Virginia Capes.

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.