These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 21, 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:
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Ships Deployed by Fleet
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Near the Singapore Strait
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) paid a port visit to the Changi Naval Base in Singapore to last week. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is now back underway near the Singapore Strait with Carrier Air Wing 5 embarked. The CSG also includes forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 15.
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
- The “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Eagles” of VFA-115 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Dambusters” of VFA-195 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Tigertails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 Det 5 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 from Naval Station Atsugi, Japan
- The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 from Naval Air Station Atsugi
In the Philippine Sea
The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is in the South Philippine Sea. In 7th Fleet, the ARG operates under the command of Expeditionary Strike Group 7.
On Oct. 18, the ARG/MEU completed the Philippine-led exercise with about 2,000 Philippine, U.S. and Japanese personnel training at sites in Luzon and Palawan.
This completes a string of three exercises for the ARG/MEU: Tiger Strike – Malaysia, CARAT Brunei and KAMANDAG 3 – Philippines.
Tiger Strike featured an aerial insertion of 11th MEU Marines from USS Boxer (LHD-4) who joined Malaysian Armed Forces in jungle warfare training at Kota Belud Training Range on Oct. 2nd to 5th.
During CARAT Brunei, Marines launched from USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) aboard Assault Amphibious Vehicles and moved inland for jungle warfare and combat medical training with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 is the ARG Commander. In addition to the USS Boxer (LHD-4), the ARG also includes dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and amphibious transport dock 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 is comprised of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines; Marine Attack Squadron 214 equipped with the AV-8B Harrier; Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced); and Combat Logistics Battalion 11.
In the North Arabian Sea
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in the North Arabian Sea.
Carrier Strike Group 12
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
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.
USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
In Valparaiso, Chile
USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in port in Valparaiso, Chile after which she will resume her transit around the horn – ultimately to a new homeport in Norfolk, VA. Wasp’s next port visit is scheduled to be in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
In the Western Atlantic
USS Bataan (LHD-5) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) remains underway in the Virginia Capes with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked. They are conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) – a key pre-deployment training milestone.
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.