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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 14, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 14, 2019, 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
35 17 52

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 2 0 24 16 51 93

In the Western Pacific

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits through the East China Sea during patrol with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62). US Navy Photo

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

In the East China Sea

USS Green Bay (LPD-20), amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), transit in formation during a cooperative deployment on Jan. 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group is underway in the East China Sea.

In the Persian Gulf

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Ariel Gonzalez, from Miami, communicates with a sound-powered telephone on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 10, 2019. US Navy Photo

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is underway in the Persian Gulf conducting strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria.

Carrier Strike Group 3

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 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

U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Elizabeth Ray, from Palm Springs, Calif., directs U.S Sailors to hoist a Guided Bomb Unit 32 Joint Direct Attack Munition into position for loading onto an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf on Jan. 8, 2019. 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

USS Spruance (DDG-111) cuts through the sea during the anti-submarine warfare exercise SHAREM 195 in the Arabian Sea, on Dec. 18, 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

Master Sgt. Damon Jacavanco, the communications chief for Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), watches two UH-60s with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), during a replenishment-at-sea aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on Jan. 8, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) is in the North Arabian Sea. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (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 Red Sea

Airman Thanh Bui stands watch on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) as it departs Souda Bay, Greece on Jan. 10, 2019. US Navy Photo

After making a short logistics stop in Souda Bay, Crete, the Kearsarge ARG departed Greece on Jan. 10 and transited the Suez Canal. The Kearsarge ARG and embarked 22nd MEU are now in the Red Sea – in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines with Kearsarge ARG/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.

On Jan. 11, Fort McHenry and elements of the 22nd MEU left the Black Sea after five days, according to Turkish ship spotters.

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.