USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 4, 2018

June 4, 2018 10:42 AM - Updated: July 3, 2018 10:28 AM
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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 June 4, 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:


Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
41 31 72

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 0 16 22 47 86

In the Mediterranean Sea

Airman Louis Calderon wipes down the window of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Fighting Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on June 2, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) got underway last week from Souda Bay, Greece and is operating in the central Mediterranean Sea.

Of note, the Harry S Truman CSG was also in the Mediterranean exactly two years ago today launching strikes against ISIS targets.

Carrier Strike Group 8

Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Cameron Canter, assigned to the Fighting Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, performs maintenance on a F/A-18F Super Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on May 28, 2018. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 1

Lt. Kyle Smith signals to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on May 28, 2018. US Navy Photo

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

USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) launched a Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) in the Virginia Capes operating area on May 29, 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 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 26 May and fired a Standard Missile (SM-2) for training on 28 May in the Virginia Capes. The destroyer and USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) will join the Truman Carrier Strike Group in theater.

Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

In the Baltic

Members of the Romanian 307th Naval Infantry Battalion embark USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) to begin training with U.S. Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 in Klaipeda, Lithuania on June 2. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphibious warship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) and elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are in the Baltic Sea for the 46th edition of BALTOPS.

Running until June 15, “BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region,” according to the Navy. “The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability.”

A German Navy Sea King Mark 41 helicopter departs the flight deck of USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) during exercise BALTOPS 2018 on June 3. US Navy Photo

Participating nations include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S.

A total of 43 maritime units, more than 60 aircraft, and a combined amphibious landing force are scheduled to participate in BALTOPS 2018.

In the Western Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Alexander Dooley, from Bradenton, Fla., observes an EA-18G Growler assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VAQ) 141 as it lands on the flight deck during carrier qualifications with the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on May 30, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group departed Yokosuka, Japan on May 29. Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group includes USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG-54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), according to a Navy statement.

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in port Sasebo, Japan.

The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed Nha Trang, Vietnam on June 2 after a two-week mission in Vietnam.

“During the mission in Nha Trang, the mission’s medical professionals worked alongside Vietnamese medical personnel engaging in patient care activates, community health and surgical exchanges, and symposia in various medical disciplines,” read a statement from the Navy. “This mission in Nha Trang included personnel from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force embarked in JDS Osumi (LST 4001) and team members assigned to USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6).”

In the Red Sea

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Jeffrey Boekeloo prepares the phone and distance line on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) before an underway replenishment on June 3, 2018. US Navy Photo

The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is in the Red Sea. The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is operating in a disaggregated manner with some units in the Mediterranean Sea, some in the Red Sea and the Baltic Sea. The ARG recently celebrated its halfway completion of deployment.

The Iwo Jima ARG with the 26th MEU deployed on Feb. 7 from Mayport, Fla. The ARG includes Iwo JimaOak 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.

In the Persian Gulf

Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, tours engineering spaces aboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) on June 1, 2018. US Navy Photo

The deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, Army Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., deputy commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), visited the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) on June 1.

In the Western Atlantic

Church pennant and national ensign are flown above USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) while religious services are conducted aboard the ship on June 3, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is currently underway conducting test and evaluation operations in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas.

In the Eastern Pacific

Petty Officer 1st Class Rey White, an aviation boatswain’s mate with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), directs a Marine F-35B before take-off aboard the Wasp-class Amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on May 31, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting the ARG/MEU Composite Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final exercise before the units’ upcoming deployment.

Following the exercise, the ARG/MEU is set to deploy from the West Coast. It will be the first deployment of the Marine variant of the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter from ships based in the U.S. In March, the Marine F-35Bs deployed from the Japan-based USS Wasp (LHD-1).

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.

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