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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 22, 2018

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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. 22, 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
58 39 97

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 0 1 18 26 53 98

In the Western Pacific

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Oct. 9, 2018. US Navy Photo

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

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) resumed flight operations following a Friday crash of an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on the carrier’s flight deck, according to a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.

Reagan was operating in the Philippine Sea when the Seahawk made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at about 9:00 A.M. local time.

“Service members injured in the crash are in stable condition for non-life threatening injuries that ranged from minor abrasions and lacerations to fractures,” according to the Navy. “The most seriously injured were medically evacuated off the ship to a hospital in the Philippines while remaining injured are under evaluation by Ronald Reagan medical staff.”

Four aircrew were aboard the Seahawk and 12 sailors were injured in the crash, according to a report in Stars and Stripes.

Carrier Air Wing 5 is embarked on Reagan. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG-54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) – and several other Forward Deployed Naval Forces ships – are underway with Reagan.

Carrier Air Wing 5

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

Marines, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), simulate reloading M4 carbines during a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on Oct. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is underway in the East China Sea. The ESG includes the amphibious warships USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Ashland (LSD-48).

In the Persian Gulf

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jesse Prince operates a towing vehicle while moving a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter, attached to the “Sea Elks” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced), in the hangar bay of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on Oct. 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is underway in the Persian Gulf. The ARG includes 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), along with the embarked 13th MEU. When Essex moored at Doha, Qatar, on Oct. 14, it was the largest U.S. Navy ship to do so.

Quartermaster 2nd Class Oneesha Vasquez stands quartermaster of the watch in the pilothouse aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD-23) in the Mediterranean Sea on Oct. 19, 2018. US Navy Photo

The ARG has been operating in a disaggregated fashion. Anchorage has been operating in the Mediterranean Sea in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, while the Essex and Rushmore have been operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

In the Eastern Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class Samuel Edwards, from Bend, Oregon, traverses the flight deck during cleaning stations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on Oct. 16, 2018, US Navy Photo

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group has deployed, according to press reports. Families on the pier when the carrier left Bremerton, Wash., told local press they did not think the ship would be returning to the port before beginning its scheduled deployment. Navy officials confirmed to USNI News that the strike group was underway but would not confirm any additional details about the CSG’s remaining training or deployment plans.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 is now embarked aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). The CSG is now off San Diego, where it may conduct a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the San Diego Operating Areas. JTFEX is usually the last step in the training cycle prior deployment. Two other capital ships – USS Boxer (LHD-4) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and its carrier strike group – are also underway off San Diego, creating the possibility for a high-end training opportunity prior to Stennis heading west across the Pacific.

The Stennis CSG includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21.

Carrier Strike Group 3

Sailors direct a crane while moving cargo on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on Oct. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier:
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) homeported in Bremerton, Wash., shifting to Norfolk, Va. upon completion of deployment.

Carrier Air Wing 9 
CVW 9, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. is embarked aboard John C. Stennis and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Tophatters” of VFA-14 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Warhawks” of VFA-97 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 from Naval Air Station Pt Mugu, CA
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Raptors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 21

  • USS Stockdale (DDG-106), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Spruance (DDG-111), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

A Marine AV-8B Harrier pilot, attached to the “Black Sheep” of Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214), prepares to launch off the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) during flight deck night operations. US Navy Photo

Boxer is underway for training in the Southern California Operating Areas off of San Diego.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is underway in the San Diego Operating Areas.

In the Norwegian Sea

Airman Luis Calderon, assigned to the Fighting Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, secures an F/A-18F Super Hornet to the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Oct. 21, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) is now operating in the far north off Norway as part of Exercise Trident Juncture. It’s the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has operated in the Arctic Circle since the end of the Cold War.

The Truman Carrier Strike Group has been operating in the Northern Atlantic Ocean for the last month, working with the Royal Canadian Navy and then stopping in Iceland and the United Kingdom recently ahead of its upcoming participation in the NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2018.

The 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.

Carrier Strike Group 8

Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Jawlon Wright monitors the foul line during a recovery of a C-2A Greyhound on Oct. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier:
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 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 North Atlantic

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) docks in Faxa Bay, Reykjavik, Iceland, with U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of Exercise Trident Juncture on Oct. 17, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is now in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) arrived in Reykjavík harbor on Oct. 17. The ARG conducted exercises in Iceland before continuing to Norway as part of Exercise Trident Juncture 2018. Events during Trident Juncture will provide the 24th MEU opportunities to train as a Marine Air/Ground Task Force in unique environments in support of allied partner nations. The ARG also includes USS New York (LPD-21) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51).

In the Western Atlantic

An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, departs the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD-24) on Oct. 17, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Kearsarge ARG left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 13 to conduct a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), according to the Navy.

COMPTUEX is the final pre-deployment exercise that certifies the ARG’s abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore with the embarked 22nd MEU through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios.

The Kearsarge ARG consists of Amphibious Squadron 6, USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS Arlington (LPD-24) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43).

Guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely (DDG-107) and USS McFaul (DDG-74) are also participating in the exercise.

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.

  • NavySubNuke

    Great to see Truman so far up North getting the job done. Learning to operate up there again is an important challenge.