USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 16, 2019

September 16, 2019 11:49 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. 16, 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
53 35 88

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
7 4 2 23 14 54 104

In the Western Pacific

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Lavon Turner, from Meridian, Mississippi, rings bells to begin a moment of silence aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony. US Navy Photo

Forward-deployed carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is underway.

In the Gulf of Aden

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kurtis Barlow, assigned to 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), plays the violin during a change-of-command ceremony in the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) on Sept. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is in the Gulf of Aden. Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) held a change of command ceremony on Sunday. Capt. Dale Heinken relieved Capt. Ronald Dowdell, who had served as Boxer’s commanding officer since July 19, 2018.

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

Capt. Ronald Dowdell, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), addresses the crew during Boxer’s change-of-command ceremony in the hangar bay on Sept. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

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

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Briana Lewis stands starboard life-buoy watch on the fantail while a C-2A Greyhound attached the ‘Rawhides’ of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). 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 fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) for a replenishment-at-sea on Sept. 13, 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

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

Cmdr. Richard Grant pulls firehose during a fresh-water washdown aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96).

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

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew landed on U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) in support of search and rescue and humanitarian aid in the Bahamas on Sept. 10, 2019. Coast Guard Photo

The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are operating off the East Coast. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group was part of the U.S. Northern Command response to the disaster response following Hurricane Dorian.

Last week, the escorts from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group departed from Naval Station Norfolk without USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). The Navy elected to deploy an impromptu surface action group while Truman remained in port to repair a major casualty in its electrical system.

USS Normandy (CG-60) gets underway at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.. Normandy and ships from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 are deploying to support maritime security operations on Sept. 13, 2019. US Navy Photo

“The SAG will be led by the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 and her staff, along with elements of the carrier strike group staff. The SAG staff brought in about 15 additional personnel to make up for capabilities typically found on the carrier, particularly in the areas of maintenance and technical support,” USNI News reported last week after an interview with U.S. 2nd Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis.

Ships include Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG-82) and USS Farragut (DDG-99) from Mayport, Fla., and Norfolk-based USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60).

In the Eastern Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Joeffrey Mamaril, left, from San Diego, and Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Ynocincio Martinez from Houston on the flight deck on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Sept. 11, 2001. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is underway in the Southern California Operating Areas.

In San Diego

USS Wasp (LHD-1) transits the Coral Sea on Aug. 1, 2019. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in port in San Diego. She is executing a homeport shift to Norfolk.

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.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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