These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 28, 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:
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Ships Deployed by Fleet
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In the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) got underway on Monday from Souda Bay, Greece after arriving there May 23. Aircraft carrier USS Harry S.Truman (CVN-75) last made a port call at Souda Bay in June 2016.
The U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay has more than 800 permanently assigned personnel (one-third U.S. military, one-third American civilians and contractors and one-third local civilians) from nine tenant commands, including a deployed U.S. Navy Seabee detachment. Year-round U.S. Air Force and Navy operational detachments perform the combined functions of a naval operating base, air station, fueling station and naval weapons station. The Navy’s ports and airfields across the southern Mediterranean – including Rota, Spain; Sigonella, Italy and Souda Bay – are important U.S. forward operating sites for logistics, operations and support.
The Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) deployed from Norfolk on April 11 and began conducting air operating in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) on May 3.
Carrier Strike Group 8
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
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 Bulkeley (DDG-84), 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.
USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) deployed from Mayport, Fla. on Saturday. The guided-missile destroyer and USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) will join the Truman Carrier Strike Group in theater.
USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
The dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) and components of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are operating in the Mediterranean after transiting the Suez Canal on May 16.
In the Western Pacific
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in port in Sasebo, Japan.
In Nha Trang, Vietnam
Hospital ship, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) remains in Vietnam for the mission’s fourth port visit to Nha Trang.
In the Red Sea
Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is operating in the Red Sea. The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is currently conducting disaggregated operations with some units in the Mediterranean Sea and some in the Red Sea. The ARG’s sailors and Marines recently celebrated the halfway mark of their deployment.
The Iwo Jima ARG with the 26th MEU deployed on Feb. 7 from Mayport, Fla. The ARG includes Iwo Jima, Oak Hill, amphibious transport dock 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 (PHIBRON) 4.
Service members and the residents of Guam joined with the National Park Service to commemorate Memorial Day by honoring service members and civilians who died in the Japanese invasion, occupation and United States liberation of Guam during World War II at Asan Beach on May 26, 2018.
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.