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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 19, 2018

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 19, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:

287

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
57 31 88

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 2 19 24 57 103

In the Western Pacific

Two U.S. Navy carrier strike groups continue to operate in the Western Pacific.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is underway in the South China 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 cruisers USS Antietam (CG-54 ) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), along with several other ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Force in Japan, are underway with Reagan.

Carrier Strike Group 5

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) operating in the Western Pacific Ocean on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan

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

The Reagan and John C. Stennis CSGs operated together this past week in the Philippine Sea.

“Bringing two carrier strike groups together provides unparalleled naval combat power, tremendous operational flexibility and reach across the region,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement. “It shows our forces at their best, operating confidently at sea, and demonstrates that the U.S. Navy will fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is now in the Western Pacific, operating in the Philippine Sea.

Carrier Strike Group 3

Seaman Apprentice Elijah King, from Seattle, stands the port forward watch on vulture’s row aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on Nov. 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

An MH-60S Knighthawk, with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, flies towards the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on Nov. 9, 2018. US Navy Photo

  • 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

Ships with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group transit the Philippine Sea on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

  • 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.

The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48), assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, with embarked Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31 is continuing to provide Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-led Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Nayyaamunhotep Stubbs signals a 10-ton dump truck from the 9th Mission Support Command, 411th Engineer Brigade, Guam Army National Guard to drive inside the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) to transfer the equipment to the island of Saipan for Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) efforts on Nov. 17, 2018. US Navy Photo

This past week, Ashland continued efforts working with the Guam National Guard to transport vehicles and supplies to Saipan and Tinian in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Navy, Marine and Coast Guard commands providing assistance are:

U.S. Navy

Builder 3rd Class William Mathis, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Detachment Guam, from Ragland, Ala., places a purlin on the roof of Tinian Elementary School during recovery efforts on Nov. 14, 2018. US Navy Photo

  • U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One
  • Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25
  • USS Ashland (LSD-48)
  • Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron 3
  • USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317)
  • USNS Dahl (T-AKR-312)
  • USNS Wheeler (T-AG-5001)
  • USNS Fast Tempo
  • USNS John Glenn 9T-ESD-2)
  • USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304)
  • Submarine Squadron 15
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command

U.S. Marine Corps

A Marine holds a puppy that was rescued during the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu on Nov. 14, 2018. US Navy Photo

  • Marine Corps Forces Pacific
  • 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
  • Combat Logistics Battalion 31
  • Marine Corps Activity Guam

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia (WLB-215) arrives in Saipan on Oct. 26, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo

  • U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam
  • USCGC Sequoia (WLB-215)
  • USCGC Washington (WPB-1331)
  • USCGC Kiska (WPB-1336)

Besides Ashland, The remainder of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group is in homeport in Sasebo, Japan.

In the Persian Gulf

Marine Cpl. Brandon Shean, an MV-22B Osprey crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 Reinforced, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, adjusts his communication gear during the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS 18). BIAS on Nov. 13, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) 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 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

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 Essex and Rushmore have been operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

In the Mediterranean Sea

Quartermaster 3rd Class Konner McShane plots points on a map in the bridge aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Nov. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) departed Lisbon, Portugal on Nov. 14 and transited the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea.

Carrier Strike Group 8

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

Carrier Air Wing 1

A pilot transits the flight deck after flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Nov. 18, 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 Forest Sherman (DDG-98)steams past the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) following a scheduled port visit in Lisbon, Portugal on Nov. 14, 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 Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

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

In the Eastern Atlantic

Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) departs Oslo, Norway on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima ARG with the 24th MEU embarked is in the Norwegian Sea. The ARG includes USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), USS New York (LPD-21) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44). The Iwo Jima ARG recently completed amphibious exercises as part of Exercise Trident Juncture and is now in Oslo, Norway.

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.