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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 8, 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 Oct. 8, 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:

286

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
47 25 72

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 0 1 16 25 54 96

In the Western Pacific

Northern Marianas Islands Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres takes a selfie as an F/A-18 Super Hornet lands on the flight deck aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Oct. 3, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Philippine Sea.

Carrier Air Wing 5 is embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) – and several other FDNF ships – are also underway with Reagan.

Carrier Air Wing 5

Aviation Boatswain’s Mates (Equipment) 3rd Class Hailey Barela, left, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Jordan Barrett, from South Bend, Indiana, ensure that the catapult shuttle is fully aft to prepare for recovery on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Sept. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

CVW 5, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
  • The “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
  • The “Eagles” of VFA-115 from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
  • The “Dambusters” of VFA-195 from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
  • The “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
  • The “Tiger Tails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan

Staff Sgt. Gerardo Santos, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), signals an AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle inside the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) on Oct. 2, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are underway in the South China Sea. The ARG arrived in Singapore on Oct. 2 after China denied a request for Wasp to make a port call in Hong Kong. They departed Oct. 7.
The ESG includes the amphibious warships USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Ashland (LSD-48).

In the North Arabian Sea

Seaman Nataisha Rodriguez steers the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47) as the master helmsman during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) on Oct. 2, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) – comprising Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47) – and embarked 13th MEU are in the North Arabian Sea.

In the Eastern Pacific

USS Boxer (LHD 4) transits the Pacific Ocean. Boxer is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations on Oct. 3, 2018. US Navy Photo

Amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) is underway for training in the Southern California Operating Areas off of San Diego.

In Portsmouth, United Kingdom

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Executive Officer, Capt. David Snowden makes an announcement to the crew on the fantail aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier while in port in Portsmouth, U.K. on Oct. 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman arrived in Portsmouth, England on Saturday Oct. 7.

The strike group will participate in the upcoming Trident Juncture 2018 exercise will be the first opportunity to test out the premise of NATO’s new Four Thirties initiative – the idea that NATO may need to move a lot of people and platforms quickly to defend an ally whose sovereignty has been violated – the head of naval forces in Europe Adm. James Foggo said last week.

Four Thirties is the idea that NATO should have 30 ships, 30 squadrons of aircraft and 30 combat battalions that could be ready to fight within 30 days, an initiative that Defense Secretary James Mattis pushed at the July NATO Summit.

Carrier Strike Group 8

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Sept 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 1

Two F/A-18 Super Hornets, assigned to Carrier Air Wing 1, launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Oct. 3, 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 Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) pulls into Reykjavik, Iceland on Sept. 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 28 is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and commands the guided-missile destroyers that are operating as part of the CSG.

  • 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.
  • USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), homeported in Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Guided-missile Cruiser

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

In the Western Atlantic

Sailors and Marines watch a sunset from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as the ship departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Oct. 2, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is underway in the Virginia Capes and will sail to Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The ARG includes the transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21), the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51).

Landing craft, air cushions, attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, prepare to depart the well deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on Oct. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo

In addition to the 24th MEU underway, about 700 Marines fromCamp Lejeune, N.C. are in Norway as part of a rotational force to Norway, reported Marine Corps Times.

“Over the summer, the government of Norway agreed to expand the Corps’ footprint in the region, nearly doubling the rotation size to 700,” reported the newspaper.

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.

  • Ed L

    Aircraft Carriers are huge targets. They need more escorts around them like the 6 DDG’s around CVW 8 which could use a 3 or 4 Frigates too and an SSN