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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 26, 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 March 26, 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
57 29 86

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 5 1 22 18 51 97

In the Western Pacific

Lt. Cmdr. Erick Stroud, left, gives a tour of flight deck control to sailors from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on March 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group continues operations in the Sea of Japan.

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.

Carrier Strike Group 1

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Marricco Roberts directs aviators during a vertical replenishment-at-sea aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on March 21, 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.

Ronald Reagan is in port in Yokosuka, Japan, for a maintenance availability that began in January.

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) with Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked is preparing to begin Exercise Foal Eagle starting on April 1.

Marines with the 3rd Recon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), perform a fast-rope exercise from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter onto the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 23, 2018. US Navy Photo

The 31st MEU is the first Marine unit to be operationally deployed with F-35B short take-off/vertical landing jets. The aircraft, with the Green Knights of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 are currently deployed with the Wasp ARG.

Wasp, USS Ashland (LSD-48) and USS Green Bay (LPD-20) make up the core Wasp ARG.

USS Sterett (DDG-104) and USS Dewey (DDG-105) are on a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region. They will also support the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in order to advance U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Up-Gunned ESG concept and will train with forward-deployed amphibious ships across all mission areas.

An MH-60S Knighthawk attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 assigned to the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group flies by the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on March 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) made a port call in White Beach, Okinawa, on March 22.

As part of Pacific Partnership 2018, USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) made a brief stop in Ulithi Atoll in the Caroline Islands, which are part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

In the North Arabian Sea

Sailors watch the sunset on the wing of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 113 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on March 23, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group just conducted a southbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz and is now in the North Arabian Sea.

Theodore Roosevelt and its 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 the service.

USNI News visited the strike group earlier this month and learned how the CSG is training for a high-end conflict as part of its deployment.

Carrier Strike Group 9

Sailors man hose teams during damage control training aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on March 22, 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

A sailor and Marine maintain the flight deck as the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) arrives in Limassol, Cyprus on March 19, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is in port in Limassol, Cyprus. USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) visited Batumi, Georgia, from March 17 to 20 has now departed the Black Sea.

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 Western Atlantic

An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 125 performs a touch and go on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) are both underway 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.

  • Ser Arthur Dayne

    We need more Strike Groups, carrier ones, expeditionary ones, I’m thinking even some Battleship Strike Groups baby.

    • Ed L

      For the Med a SAG or Carrier would be nice. Now there is a squadron of Burkes DDG’s in Rota. Too bad we don’t have an Island of our own in that part of the Med. Wonder if the Greeks would sell American one like Karparthos Island

      • Ser Arthur Dayne

        One of the reasons I (jokingly, not really serious, but would absolutely support it) love to suggest modernizing and reactivating the Iowa-class battleships is specifically for that reason… it would allow us 4 more SAGs across the planet, in 4 key locations, with absolutely ridiculous armor and good old-fashioned, real firepower. If you considered the battleships as command, flag-ships, attaching 1-2 DDGs, 1-2 of the future-FFG(X)s, and (yikes , dare I even suggest this) 1-2 of the LCSs we are going to have lying around with nothing to do, it would make a huge presence and fleet force multiplier… And it would mean we could have a “Battleship Strike Group” / BB SAG in the Med, in the Atlantic, in the Pacific, and in the Persian Gulf/ Indian Ocean/Philippine Sea etc. all the time. I realize it is very unlikely to happen but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea lol!