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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 18, 2020

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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 Feb. 18, 2020, 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:

295

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
52 32 84

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
2 0 2 24 9 61 98

In Japan

Rear Adm. Kristen Fabry, director, Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, tours Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division (NMCPAC EAD) Unit Misawa with Lt. Cmdr. George T. Calbert on Feb. 11, 2020. US Navy photo.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in port in Yokosuka.

In the Taiwan Strait

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) conducts a Taiwan Strait transit on Feb. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) transited the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

In the South China Sea

Marines assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) perform a fast rope exercise on the port aircraft elevator of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Feb. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) is underway in the South China Sea with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). America and USS Green Bay (LPD-20) are en route to Thailand for Exercise Cobra Gold. The exercise is scheduled to take place from Feb. 25 to March 6 in Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Rayong and Chon Buri provinces. The exercise will also include five other nations: Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia.

In the Philippine Sea

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) transit the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is operating in the Philippine Sea. The carrier strike group deployed on Jan. 17 from San Diego, Calif. On Feb. 15, the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the America Expeditionary Strike Group joined forces to conduct Expeditionary Strike Force operations and training.

“Assets participated in a variety of evolutions to include air-to-air training, steaming in formation, maneuvering, and establishing joint communications to rapidly enable a command and control environment,” according to a Navy statement.

Carrier Strike Group 9

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the ‘Dragons’ of Marine Medium-Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Feb. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

The San Diego-based CSG 9 commands the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and is embarked on the carrier.

Aircraft carrier
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Carrier Air Wing 11

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handling 3rd Class Austin Sonnier, from Lake Charles, La., directs an aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Feb 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Golden Warriors”” of VFA-87 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Black Knights” of VFA-154 from Naval Air Station Lemoore – Calif.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Wash.
  • The “Liberty Bells” of VAW-115 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of VRC-30 – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Eight Ballers” of HSC-8 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Wolf Pack” of HSM-75 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Cruiser

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) sails alongside amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Feb. 15, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 23

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 2nd Class Zach Mohr, from Novi, Mich., writes on a plotting board during a damage control exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59) on Feb. 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 23 is based in San Diego, Calif., and is embarked on the carrier.

Destroyers

  • USS Russell (DDG-59), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Pinckney (DDG-91), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Kidd (DDG-100), homeported in Everett, Wash.
  • USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

In the North Arabian Sea

Sailors jump off an aircraft elevator of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during a swim call in the Arabian Sea on Feb. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman CSG is in the North Arabian Sea, within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. This deployment is the Truman Strike Group‘s second in two years.

Carrier Strike Group 8

Sailors run on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during the Presidents Day 5K Run and Row in the Arabian Sea, Feb. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

Norfolk-based CSG 8 commands the Harry S. Truman CSG and is embarked on the carrier.

Aircraft carrier
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 1

Sailors observe an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, assigned to the ‘Dragon Slayers’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11, flying alongside the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in the Arabian Sea on Feb. 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing 1 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., and is embarked on Harry S. Truman:

  • The “Red Rippers” of VFA-11 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Naval Air Station Oceana – Va.
  • The “Checkmates” of VFA-211 from Naval Air Station Oceana – Va.
  • The “Sunliners” of VFA-81 from Naval Air Station Oceana – Va.
  • The “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 from Naval Air Station Lemoore – Calif.
  • The “Rooks” of VAQ-137 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Wash.
  • The “Seahawks” of VAW-126 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Station Norfolk – Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of VRC-40 – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Station Norfolk – Va.
  • The “Dragon Slayers” of HSC-11 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Station Norfolk – Va.
  • The “Proud Warriors” of HSM-72 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville – Fla.

Cruiser


USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Destroyer Squadron 28

USS Lassen (DDG-82) transits the Arabian Sea on Feb. 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 28 is based at Norfolk, Va., and its leaders are embarked on Truman.

  • USS Lassen (DDG-82), homeported in Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported in Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

In the Persian Gulf

Dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE-12) is seen from the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) before a replenishment-at-sea on Feb. 10, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 26th MEU completed passage through the Strait of Hormuz, entering the Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman on Feb. 12. USS Bataan (LHD-5) paid a port call in Bahrain.

The ARG is commanded by Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 and includes amphibious assault ship Bataan, amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD-21) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51).

In the Eastern Pacific

An F/A-18C Hornet, from the ‘Death Rattlers’ of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Feb. 4, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is underway. The carrier is expected to return to homeport at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash.

In the Western Atlantic

Sailors commit cremains during a burial at sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on FEb. 14, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group continues underway training ahead of planned deployment later this year.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Sailors prepare to man lines during an underway replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

Norfolk-based CSG 10 commands the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and is embarked on the carrier.

Aircraft carrier
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 3

Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the ‘Fighting Swordsmen’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 13, 2020. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana and is embarked aboard Dwight D. Eisenhower and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Gunslingers” of VFA-105 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Wildcats” of VFA-131 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Swordsmen” of VFA-32 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Rampagers” of VFA-83 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Zappers” of VAQ-130 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Wash.
  • The “Screwtops” of VAW-123 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of VRC-40 – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Dusty Dogs” of HSC-7 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Swamp Foxes” of HSM-74 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Daralynn Smith, from Woodstock, Georgia, lubricates a scoop disk from a close-in weapons system aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) on Feb. 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

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.