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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 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 March 12, 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:

282

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
53 26 79

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 5 1 21 18 50 95

In the Western Pacific

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Don Salice explains damage control capabilities to Vietnamese officials in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on March 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) departed Da Nang, Vietnam on March 9 and is now operating in the South China Sea.

“Cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) departed following a four-day port call… Carl Vinson, America’s third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, hosted more than 1,300 guests for tours, professional exchanges and a formal reception attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Daniel Kritenbrink, and commander of U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer,” the service said in a press statement.

Vietnamese chefs teach Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) how to prepare local dishes during a community service event in Da Nang, Vietnam on March 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

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 in port.

Carrier Strike Group 1

Sailors perform flight operations on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on March 10, 2018. US Navy Photo

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

An F-35B launches off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD-1) is operating off of the Korean peninsula. The “Green Knights” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), is aboard with the service’s first operational F-35B Joint Strike Fighters. The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group is conducting a regional patrol meant to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capabilities and advance the upgunned ESG concept.

Wasp (LHD-1) departed from Sasebo, Japan, on March 3, 2018, to begin a routine deployment in the Indo-Pacific region using an upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group concept to strengthen regional alliances and provide rapid-response capability.

Guided-missile USS Sterett (DDG-104) and USS Dewey (DDG-105) are underway to support the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and will train with forward-deployed amphibious ships. The patrol will be the first operational deployment for the Marine F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

A CH-53E Super Stallion, assigned to the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466, is spotted on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on March 5, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Bonhomme Richard ESG with embarked Marines assigned to 3rd Marine Division (MARDIV) departed in Manila on March 9 after a scheduled port visit. The ESG is underway for a regularly scheduled patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) entered U.S. 7th Fleet on March 10 as part of the Pacific Partnership 2018 exercise that began on Feb. 23. U.S. ships will visit countries bordering the South China Sea, including Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

“Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific Region. [The exercise] includes more than 800 military and civilian personnel from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan, and is scheduled to make mission stops in Micronesia, South and Southeast Asia from February through June 2018,” read a Navy statement.
Mercy is joined on the Pacific Partnership mission by MSC expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4). Fall River will make separate mission stops in Yap, Palau, Borneo-Malaysia, and Thailand.”

 Fall River – the fourth in the Spearhead Class of expeditionary fast transport ships – arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam on March 5 for the third phase of this year’s Pacific Partnership disaster response preparedness mission, after previous stops in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

In the Persian Gulf

Sailors take the E-6 advancement exam aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) March 1, 2018 (photo blurred to obscure questions). 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.

“[The] carrier strike group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region,” read a statement from 5th Fleet.

Carrier Strike Group 9

An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, readies for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on March 11, 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 Mediterranean Sea

Marine Lance Cpl. Jesse Rodahaver repairs an engine nacelle from an CH-53E Super Stallion in the hangar bay of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) in the Mediterranean Sea on March 5, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived off the coast of Israel on March 6 to take part in exercise Juniper Cobra 2018. The ARG which deployed on Feb. 7 from Mayport, Fla., 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.

In the Eastern Pacific

Operations Specialist 2nd Class John Dancel assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) mans the identification operator watch in the ship’s combat information center during an Air Defense Exercise. US Navy Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are underway in the Southern California Operating Areas are conducting an ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise.

“The exercise is focused on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship interoperability before further training in the ARG’s deployment cycle. Units participating in the Essex ARG SWATT are Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, USS Essex (LHD-2), USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and USS Rushmore (LSD-47). They will also operate with embarked forces representing elements of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VFMA 211),” read a statement from the service.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Mary Schuman signals to aircraft that they are clear for takeoff on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on March 9, 2018. US Navy Photo

Essex will be the first West Coast ARG to deploy with the F-35B.

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

    Thanks, USNI News. This was the highlight of my week. Loved the photo of the sailors taking their E-6 exam. Even while deployed overseas, life goes on in the USN. Hope every single one of them passed.

  • Ed L

    no carrier in the Med, but at least there is the elements that could make up a Surface Action Group

    • incredulous1

      there is ARG of IwoJima’ group

  • Jack D Ripper

    Charley Cong on deck,,sin loi GI