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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 23, 2018

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A previous version of the map had the incorrect hull number for aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77).
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 April 23, 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
48 30 78

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 2 17 23 56 99

In the Eastern Atlantic

Seaman Kennedy Ross, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99), signals to the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) during a replenishment-at-sea on April 17, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group deployed from Norfolk on April 11 and is now just outside the Strait of Gibraltar and set to enter the Mediterranean Sea. The CSG is scheduled to operate in both the U.S. 6th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility while deployed.

Carrier Strike Group 8

Sailors lower aircraft from the flight deck to the hangar bay on an aircraft elevator aboard tha aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on April 17, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier:
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 1

CVW 1 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Checkmates” of VFA-211 from Naval Air Station Oceania, Va.
  • The “Sunliners” of VFA-81 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Dragon Slayers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 72) from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Destroyer Squadron 28

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Kelsey Rice fires a flare from a M203 grenade launcher on the aft missile deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99) during a live fire training exercise on April 17, 2018. US Navy photo.

The leadership of DESRON 28 is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and commands the CSG’s guided-missile destroyers.

  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported in Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

The Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) is also operating as part of the strike group during the first half of the deployment.

Guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) and USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) are slated to deploy at a later date and will join the strike group in theater.

Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

In the Western Pacific

Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, ride aboard Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during an amphibious raid as part of Certification Exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan on April 17, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

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

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is underway on a deployment. The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group is made up of dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) and amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD-20).

USS Sterett (DDG-104) and USS Dewey (DDG-105) are on a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region. While deployed, the guided-missile destroyers will also support the Wasp 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. Dewey has been operating with Wasp recently while Sterett has conducted other U.S. 7th Fleet tasks.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) departs Sasebo, Japan, capping six years of forward deployed service in the Indo-Pacific region on April 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) left Sasebo, Japan, on April 18 and began its journey to San Diego.

USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, on April 16. According to the Navy, “the Pacific Partnership mission in Malaysia will feature medical exchanges, civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness seminars, and community outreach engagements in the greater Kuala Lumpur area. The secondary mission platform for Pacific Partnership, the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), will arrive in Tawau, Malaysia, April 21 for a series of civil engineering, medical and outreach engagements with the local community and Royal Malaysian Armed Forces.”

The Theodore Roosevelt CSG is headed east nearing the International Dateline, where it will chop into U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Carrier Strike Group 9

Marine Corps Capt. Phil Goebel, right, and Sgt. Junior Pependejesus, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, practice boxing in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on April 16, 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

USS Sampson (DDG-102), left, and USS Preble (DDG-88) moor pierside for a scheduled port visit in Manila, Republic of the Philippines on April 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

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 Red Sea

A Marine assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, removes a wire obstacle during live-fire training in Jordan as part of Eager Lion 2018 on April 21, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) and components of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are participating in the annual military exercise Eager Lion 2018.

“The 11-day event tests the team’s 1,500 sailors and 1,800 embarked Marines with a wide range of drills meant to improve their collective ability to plan and project presence in a coalition environment,” reads a statement from the Marine Corps.
“Eager Lion focuses on increasing U.S.-Jordanian security and warfighting capabilities, allowing the two nations to better address common threats to regional security. As part of the exercise, Marines from the 26th MEU take part in an embassy reinforcement and noncombatant evacuation operation, and conduct bilateral sustainment training in a variety of combat skillsets.”

The Iwo Jima ARG, with the 26th MEU embarked, deployed Feb. 7 from Mayport, Fla. The ARG includes Iwo Jima, Oak Hill, USS New York (LPD-21), 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

Sailors load supplies onto an elevator during a replenishment-at-sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on April 18, 2018 US Navy Photo

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is underway with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) training for its next scheduled deployment. Stennis is now conducting Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT).

“SWATT events focus on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship interoperability before integrated phase training with other elements of the CSG,” according to a Navy news release.
“The exercise is the third SWATT led by Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). It is the second that includes cruisers and destroyers (CRUDES).”

“SWATTs provide shipboard teams and warfare commanders the reps-and-sets they need to be prepared to integrate with the strike group, and ultimately head downrange to execute their missions with other naval assets, joint forces, and coalition partners around the globe,” SMWDC commander Rear Adm. John Wade said in the news release.

Units participating in the John C. Stennis CRUDES SWATT are Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), USS Stockdale (DDG-106) and USS Spruance (DDG-111). The exercise is supported by Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187), the Grey Knights and Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadrons (VP) 46 and 47, and the Easyriders and Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM) 37 and 71.

In the Western Atlantic

A Marine puts a kevlar on a child during ship tours aboard the USS Kearsarge, April 21, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) is in port in New Orleans, La., for NOLA Navy Week. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is 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.

  • Scott

    It looks like the Fleet tracker has 2 CVN -74 ships. Stennis (CVN-74) and Bush (CVN-77) are both listed as 74.

    • That was my mistake. It has been corrected, thanks for point it out.

  • Ed L

    Photo from UNREP the replishment team is wearing inflatable Vest. You hit the water going 12 or so knots from any height and get knocked out or the Breath knocked out of you then you drown.

  • leesea

    This tracker CONTINUES to be wrong. Other the the USNS Brunswick, USNS Mercy and he USNS Kaiser, it does NOT report on ANY MSC ship included in the Combat Logisitics Force or Maritime Prepositioning Force or many others not on specific missions.

    Fix those to a credible source of info.

  • Centaurus

    At least the “Blueberry” u-ne-forms have gone the way of the Dodo boyd