USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 9, 2019

September 9, 2019 11:37 AM
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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 Sept. 9, 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:


Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
46 34 80

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 3 2 22 17 55 100

In Yokosuka, Japan

Seaman Andre Johnson Jr., from Dallas, performs corrosion control maintenance aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has returned to its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, after its summer patrol.

In the Eastern Pacific

USS Wasp (LHD-1) transits the Coral Sea in August. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) has departed U.S. 7th Fleet and is underway in the Eastern Pacific en route the United States for a change of homeport to Norfolk, Va.

In the Red Sea

Marines with Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a coordinated fire mission with M777 towed 155mm howitzers during exercise Eager Lion 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is in the Red Sea. Boxer ARG and 11th MEU concluded participation in Eager Lion 2019 on Sept. 5. Eager Lion a multilateral exercise hosted by Jordan that includes participants from more than 30 nations.

Amphibious Squadron 5 (PHIBRON 5) is the ARG commander. In addition to the Wasp-class USS Boxer (LHD-4), the ARG also includes Whidbey Island-class USS Harper’s Ferry (LSD-49) and San Antonio-class USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26).

The ARG includes the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21, Assault Craft Unit 5, Naval Beach Group 1, Beachmaster Unit 1, Fleet Surgical Team 5, and Tactical Air Control Squadron 11.

The Camp Pendleton-based 11th MEU comprises Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines; Marine Attack Squadron 214 equipped with AV-8B Harriers; Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced); and Combat Logistics Battalion 11.

In the Gulf of Oman

Quartermaster 3rd Class Rico Morales paints the pilothouse catwalk of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Aug. 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in the Gulf of Oman.

Carrier Strike Group 12

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) approaches the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199), right, and the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) prior to a replenishment-at-sea on Aug. 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), homeported in Norfolk, Va. (shifting to San Diego, Calif., upon completion of deployment)

Carrier Air Wing 7

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Francisco Romero operates a catapult as an EA-18G Growler attached to the ‘Patriots’ of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 is launched off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Aug. 28, 2019. US Navy Photo

CVW 7, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Lincoln and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Fist of the Fleet” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Sidewinders” of VFA-86 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Pukin’ Dogs” of VFA-143 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Night Dippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Griffins” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Kevin Brown, assigned to the ‘Grandmasters’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, inspects the flight control cables of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) on Aug. 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 2 is embarked aboard Lincoln and commands the guided-missile destroyers that are operating as part of the CSG.

  • USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Mason (DDG-87), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104), Ferrol Naval Base, Spain

Guided-missile Cruiser

  • USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

In the Western Atlantic

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) returns to its homeport of Norfolk, Va. after being sent to sea to avoid the effects of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) returned to Norfolk Saturday after avoiding Hurricane Dorian and is back underway today in the Virginia Capes for training.

In the Bahamas

Airmen from the Air Force’s Contingency Response Group board a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from the Navy’s USS Bataan in support of Foreign Disaster Relief efforts in The Bahamas, at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, Sept. 4, 2019. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are providing hurricane relief in the Bahamas following last week’s landfall of Hurricane Dorian. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized U.S. Northern Command to provide transportation logistics for the movement of USAID and third-party humanitarian commodities and personnel throughout the region and to conduct assessments of critical transportation nodes to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and maximize the flow of disaster relief into the area.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flies over Coast Guard Cutter James transiting near the Bahamas on Sept. 6, 2019. US Coast Guard Photo

Bataan and 26th MEU recently completed an ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX). ARGMEUEX offers realistic ship-to-shore training prior to deployment.

The Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defence Force, who are leading search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas.

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.

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