USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 20, 2018

August 20, 2018 9:23 AM

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 Aug. 20, 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
39 32 71

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 0 2 13 19 57 91

In the Western Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Colter Orchard, from Raleigh, North Carolina, observes as an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, lands on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Aug. 15, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is back on patrol after spending a few weeks in its homeport in Yokosuka, Japan.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) went underway with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and elements of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on Aug. 14, according to a U.S. Pacific Fleet statement. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) is also deployed with the strike group.

USS Milius (DDG 69) steams alongside the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during a transit of the Philippine Sea on July 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

Milius has been Japan since May. The guided-missile destroyer’s arrival in Japan is the last of a reshuffling of ships designed to move upgraded DDGs to the forward-deployed homeport in Yokosuka, as previously reported by USNI NewsMilius is equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which provides the ship with improved air defenses, ballistic missile defenses and surface and undersea warfare capabilities.

Staff Sgt. Justin Glenn Burnside, a special intelligence communications chief, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit watches over gear inside the hangar bay of the USS Wasp (LHD-1) at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan on Aug. 15, 2018. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) and dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) departed Sasebo, Japan, on Aug. 8 for a deployment that marks the second time F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have deployed at sea aboard Wasp. Wasp and Ashland loaded 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines Aug. 15 at Okinawa.

The three-ship Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th (MEU) is located north of Borneo. A Marine who was reported missing from USS Essex (LHD-2) while operating in the Sulu Sea has been identified as Cpl. Jonathan Currier and declared deceased, according to a statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Currier, a New Hampshire native, was first reported missing on Aug. 9. He was declared deceased by the Marine Corps on Aug. 17 after an extensive search of the Sulu Sea, Mindanao Strait and the Surigao Strait, according to the Pacific Fleet statement.

The Essex ARG left San Diego on July 10 for an expected Western Pacific and Middle East deployment.

Marines assigned to 1st Anglico Detachment participate in nighttime fast-rope training from the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on Aug 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

The ARG includes Essex, amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47). The ARG deployed with F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211. The deployment is the first for Marine F-35s from the U.S.

USS Rushmore (LSD-47) arrives in Jakarta in preparation for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2018. CARAT Indonesia on Aug. 9, 2018. US Navy Photo

Rushmore and elements of the 13th MEU participated with the Indonesian Navy in the 24th Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in Jakarta from Aug. 10 to 17.

San Diego, Calif.

A ceremonial birthday cake is set up in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) prior to a celebration of the ship’s 20th birthday. US Navy Photo

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), with elements of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 embarked, returned to San Diego this past week. Bonhomme Richard – commissioned Aug. 15, 1998 – is now 20 years old.

In the Eastern Pacific

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) sail through the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) – currently homeported in Bremerton, Wash. – is underway in the Southern California (SOCAL) Operating Areas.

In the Western Atlantic

Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) John Rogers observes Sailors attach an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Fist of the Fleet” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 to a catapult on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is underway off the Georgia and Florida coasts conducting its 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 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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