Home » Aviation » USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 14, 2020


USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 14, 2020

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Dec. 14, 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:

296

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
51 23 74

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 2 5 20 14 56 98

In Japan

Capt. Luke Frost departs the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) after a change of command ceremony. Capt. Kenneth Ward relieved Frost as the ship’s commanding officer on Dec. 11, 2020. US Navy Photo

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

Reagan, which is the service’s forward-deployed carrier, pulled into its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, on Nov. 14. Japan-based U.S. carriers typically make two shorter patrols every year, with a maintenance period in Yokosuka.

USS America (LHA-6) is in port in Sasebo, Japan. This week the carrier held a change of command ceremony. Capt. Kenneth Ward relieved Capt. Luke Frost as the ship’s commanding officer on Dec. 11.

In the Indian Ocean

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Tenney, an aerial observer with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, observes U.S. Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushions 39 and 79 assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 return to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD-25) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore on Dec. 11, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked just transited the Strait of Malacca and is now in the Indian Ocean. This could put the ARG on track to operate in the Middle East and the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of responsibility. The ARG includes amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and amphibious transport docks USS Somerset (LPD-25) and USS San Diego (LPD-22).

In the Gulf of Oman

A C-2A Greyhound, from the ‘Providers’ of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Dec. 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group are operating in the Gulf of Oman. The CSG conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 6) in the North Arabian Sea on Dec. 13.

Carrier Strike Group 11

Lt. Emily Rosenzweig, a rabbi and deputy chaplain for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, leads a Hanukkah service in the chapel of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Dec. 11, 2020. US Navy Photo

San Diego-based CSG 11 commands the Nimitz CSG and is embarked on the carrier.

Aircraft carrier
USS Nimitz (CVN-68), homeported in Bremerton, Wash.

Carrier Air Wing 17

An E/A-18G Growler, from the ‘Cougars’ of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Dec. 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing 17, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked on Nimitz and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Redcocks” of VFA 22 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) F/A-18F Super Hornet – from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Kestrels” of VFA137 F/A-18 E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA 94 F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Death Rattlers” of VMFA-323 F/A-18C – from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar San Diego, Calif.
  • The “Cougars” of VAQ-139 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) EA-18G Growlers – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Wash.
  • The “Sun Kings” of VAW-116 –Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) E2C Hawkeye – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of VRC-30 – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) C-2 – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Screamin’ Indians” of HSC-6 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) MH-60S– from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Battlecats” of HSM-73 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) MH-60R – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Cruiser

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Bryan Streit, from Newberg, Ore., communicates via radio with a repair locker during a general quarters drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) in the North Arabian Sea on Dec. 11. US Navy Photo

USS Princeton (CG-59), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 9

Lt. j.g. Theodore Robie, right, and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Robert James, both assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), conduct search and rescue swimmer training in the Persian Gulf on Dec. 9. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 9 is based at Naval Station Everett, Wash. The DESRON commodore and staff are embarked on Nimitz.

  • USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • USS Sterett (DDG-104), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), homeported in Everett, Wash.

In the Eastern Pacific

Carrier Strike Group commander, Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo files from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Dec. 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is underway in the Southern California Operating Areas for a sustainment exercise ahead of its second 2020 deployment. On Sunday, the U.S. Navy ended search and rescue efforts for a missing sailor assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

Theodore Roosevelt, USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), USS Russell (DDG-59), USS Howard (DDG-83), USS Charleston (LCS-18), USS Portland (LPD-27) the U.S. Coast Guard and both fixed and rotary wing air assets searched more than 607 square nautical miles for more than 55 hours before calling off the search, reported USNI News.

Carrier Strike Group 9
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) leaving San Diego, Cali., on Dec. 8. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 11
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) fires ordnance during an Independence Day celebration near the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on July 4, 2020. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 23
Destroyer Squadron 23 is based in San Diego and is embarked on the carrier.
Destroyers that have operated with Theodore Roosevelt since the carrier departed include:

USS Russell (DDG-59) transits the Taiwan Strait, on June 4, 2020. US Navy Photo

  • USS Russell (DDG-59), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Howard (DDG-83) ), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is also underway in the Southern California Operating Area as part of the 2021 Dawn Blitz exercise series.

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, prepare to load a MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Group (MAW), during Exercise Dawn Blitz aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2) off the coast of Southern California on Dec. 9. US Navy Photo

In the Western Atlantic

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Amber Anderson from Marion, Virginia, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) air department, signals to the pilot of a T-45C Goshawk attached to Training Wing 2 on Ford’s flight deck on Dec. 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima ARG, comprising USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), USS San Antonio (LPD-17) and dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), is underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas. The 24th MEU is embarked.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway, doing independent steaming in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas as part of the carrier’s 18-month post-delivery tests and trials period.

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.