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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 31, 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 Dec. 31, 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
31 6 37

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 0 0 23 16 51 91

In the Western Pacific

Musicians from the U.S. 7th Fleet band play holiday carols at the quarterdeck of the Commander U.S. Naval Forces Japan on Dec. 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is in homeport in Yokosuka, Japan. The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group is in homeport in Sasebo, Japan.

In the Persian Gulf

A sailor observes flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Persian Gulf on Dec. 29, 2018. US Navy Photo

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is underway in the Persian Gulf.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Gulf of Aden. On Thursday Chung-Hoon seized more than five tons of hashish from a stateless vessel in international waters.

Sailors on Chung-Hoon recently completed maritime security training with instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army, just ahead of their latest boarding operation, according to the Navy.

Carrier Strike Group 3

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) steams through the Arabian Sea on Dec. 14, 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 EA-18G Growler, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, launches off the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74 on Dec. 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

CVW 9, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, is embarked aboard 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

U.S. Navy En./ Tanner Stiker, from Rancho Santa Fe, California, stands watch as the conning officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) during maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 27, 2018. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 21 is embarked aboard Stennis and commands the guided-missile destroyers that are operating as part of the CSG.

  • 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.

In the North Arabian Sea

A U.S. Marine F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is staged aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) on Dec. 30, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) is in the North Arabian Sea. The Essex ARG comprises Wasp-class Essex, San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47). The ARG and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed from San Diego on July 10.

In the Mediterranean Sea

Sailors transport an MV-22 Osprey with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to the hangar bay via elevator aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on Dec. 27, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines with the Kearsarge ARG and embarked 22nd MEU departed the East Coast on Dec. 17. The ARG is currently in the Mediterranean Sea for a deployment that will include operations in the European Theater and, likely, in the Middle East.

The ARG is led by USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and includes Norfolk-based USS Arlington (LPD-24) and Mayport, Fla.,-based USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), according to the Navy.

The ARG is also embarked with Fleet Surgical Teams 2 and 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, and Naval Beach Group 2, according to the Navy.

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, Seabees, Coast Guard cutters, EOD Mobile Units, and more serving throughout the globe.