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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 30, 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 July 30, 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:

284

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
26 52 78

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 0 2 13 19 51 85

In Japan

Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Stephanie Almaguer, from New Buffalo, Mich., reunites with her family during the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan’s (CVN-76), homecoming to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a recent patrol on July 24, 2018. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in Sasebo, Japan.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and its strike group returned home to Yokosuka, Japan, on July 24 after a two-month patrol of the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.

In the Western Pacific

An F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, flies over Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on July 24, 2018. US Navy Photo

The three-ship Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) left San Diego, Calif., on July 10 for an expected Western Pacific and Middle East deployment.

USS Essex (LHD-2), USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and USS Rushmore (LSD-47) deployed with F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211. The deployment is the first for Marine JSFs from the U.S., following a short float of the Japan-based “Green Knights” of VMFA-121 on the forward-deployed amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in March.

In the Middle Pacific

Navy ships assemble to form the multinational fleet for a photo exercise off the coast of Hawaii during the Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in July 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is underway in the Hawaiian Operating Areas for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise. This will be the final week.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 is embarked on Carl Vinson for the exercise and includes nine squadrons and detachments.

Carrier Air Wing 2

  • The “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Kestrels” of VFA-137 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Golden Dragons” of VFA-192 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” Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 Detachment 2 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 HSM 78 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Participants include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Marine assault amphibious vehicles come ashore at Pyramid Rock Beach during an amphibious landing demonstration as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 29, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) with Expeditionary Strike Group 3 has conducted limited operations during the RIMPAC exercise due to an engineering casualty that has largely left the amphibious warship pier-side.

In the Eastern Pacific

Sailors prepare to attach an anchor stopper to the anchor chain during an operational test of the anchor deployment and retrieval systems aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on July 24, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), homeported in Bremerton, Wash., is underway for training.

In the Western Atlantic

An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on July 25, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is underway conducting Tailored Ship’s Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problems (TSTA/FEP). TSTA prepares the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group through a wide range of mission-critical operations.

In the Middle Atlantic

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on July 24, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima ARG chopped into the U.S. Fleet Forces area of operations and is headed home. The ARG had been operating in a disaggregated manner, with USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) in the Baltic Sea and USS New York (LPD-21) in the Mediterranean while Iwo Jima was in the U.S. 5th Fleet. The ships in the ARG are now coming together for the transit home to Norfolk, Va.

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

Sailors and Marines fish from the fantail aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) during a steel beach picnic on July 28, 2018. US Navy Photo

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.

  • Western

    This is interesting info as always. Just for fun, I’d like to see the deployment on Russia and Chinese fleets. Does not have to be current – don’t want to show our intelligence capability, but perhaps some info from last summer during some exercise. Is China in the Med? Is Russia off Australia? Anyone in the deep southern oceans near Antarctica? Who is in the North Atlantic?

    • proudrino

      Well, with RIMPAC going on, we know one place China is operating.

  • Ed L

    It a chain stopper out of the Seaman nav tra manual