These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 7, 2022, 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:
In Sasebo, Japan
Ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which include USS America (LHA-6), USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Ashland (LSD-48), are in port in Sasebo, Japan.
In the Philippine Sea
Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) remains underway in the Philippine Sea.
Tripoli departed Naval Station San Diego, Calif., on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on May 2. The 45,000-ton big-deck amphibious ship has 20 F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters embarked to evaluate the Marine Corps’ “lightning carrier” concept. The Navy and Marines are testing Tripoli’s adjunct capability to a carrier strike group, USNI News reported.
In the Western Pacific
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Western Pacific in the vicinity of Guam.
Carrier Strike Group 5
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Carrier Air Wing 5
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:
- The “Royal Maces” of VFA-27 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
- The “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 from MCAS Iwakuni.
- The “Eagles” of VFA-115 from MCAS Iwakuni.
- The “Dambusters” of VFA-195 from MCAS Iwakuni.
- The “Shadowhawks” of VAQ-141 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
- The “Tiger Tails” of VAW-125 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
- The “Providers” of VRC-30 – Detachment 5 – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
- The “Golden Falcons” of HSC-12 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
- The “Saberhawks” of HSM-77 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Facility Atsugi.
- USS Antietam (CG-54), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Destroyer Squadron 15
Destroyer Squadron 15 is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and is embarked on the carrier. Destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 15 are also assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.
- USS Benfold (DDG-65), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan
In the Middle Pacific
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in Hawaii participating in RIMPAC 2022. Other U.S. Navy participants include USS Essex (LHD-2) and USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001).
“Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California,” according to the Navy.
Although the U.S. Navy has not yet officially issued the list of partner nation ships taking part, official news releases over the past month from the navies and defense ministries of the countries taking part have allowed USNI News to compile the list below:
- Landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra (L02)
- Frigate HMAS Warramunga (FFH152)
- Replenishment ship HMAS Supply (A195)
- Frigates HMCS Vancouver (FFH331)
- HMCS Winnipeg (FFH338)
- Frigate Almirante Lynch (FF07)
- Frigate FS Prairial (F731)
- Frigate INS Satpura (F48)
- Frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332)
- Helicopter Destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183)
- Destroyer JS Takanami ((DD-110)
- Corvette KD Lekir (FSG26)
- Frigate ARM Juárez (POLA-101)
- Landing ship tank ARM Usumacinta (A412)
- Replenishment ship HMNZS Aotearoa (A11)
- Corvette BAP Guise (CC-28) – corvette
- Frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151)
Republic of Korea
- Landing helicopter platform ROKS Marado (LPH-6112)
- Destroyers ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991) and ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH-976)
- Attack submarine ROKS Shin Dol-seok (SS-082)
- Frigate RSS Intrepid (69)
Countries participating include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States. Countries not represented by ships at the exercise will be represented by ground elements, along with participation either in the various combined command and staff groups or as observers.
Four countries – Australia, India, Japan and the ROK – have confirmed that their fixed wing aircraft will join, with two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), an Indian Navy P-8I MPA, a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) P-1 MPA and a Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) P-3 Orion MPA.
Ground elements disclosed include:
- A Joint Landing Force from Australia, which will have a platoon from His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga, an Indonesian Marine Corps platoon, a Mexican Marines company, and a New Zealand Army Joint Fires Team that will include Joint Terminal Attack Controllers.
- The ROK will field a substantial ground element with a ROK Marine Corps company, four Naval Special Warfare Flotilla teams and a Naval mobile construction squadron.
- A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) element of 40 personnel will also participate in RIMPAC, though Japan has yet to specify what the JGSDF element will be doing in the exercise.
Carrier Strike Group 3
The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, on patrol since leaving San Diego, Calif., on Jan. 3, is in the Philippine Sea after a port call last week in Yokosuka for shipboard maintenance.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
Carrier Air Wing 9
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked aboard Abraham Lincoln and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:
- The “Black Aces” of VFA-41 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Fs from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
- The “Tophatters” of VFA-14 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
- The “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
- The “Black Knights” of VMFA 314 – Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) flying F-35Cs from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
- The “Wizards” of VAQ-133 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
- The “Wallbangers” of VAW-117 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
- The “Titans” of VRM-30 – CMV-22B – Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
- The “Chargers” of HSC-14 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island.
- The “Raptors” of HSM-71 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island.
- USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif.
Destroyer Squadron 21
Destroyer Squadron 21 is based in San Diego and is embarked on the carrier.
- USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.
- USS Gridley (DDG-101), homeported at Naval Station Everett, Wash.
- USS Sampson (DDG-102), homeported at Naval Station Everett.
- USS Spruance (DDG-111), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.
In the Ionian Sea
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Ionian Sea.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has extended the deployment of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, its escorts and Carrier Air Wing 1 as a hedge against Russian aggression in Europe. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) has spent four months operating in the Mediterranean Sea since Austin ordered the strike group to remain on station in December as Russia massed forces along the Ukrainian border.
One defense official told USNI News the carrier could remain in the region until August before returning to its homeport in Norfolk, Va. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is expected to be relieved in the Mediterranean by the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.
Carrier Strike Group 8
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Carrier Air Wing 1
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:
- The “Red Rippers” of VFA-11 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Fs from Naval Air Station Oceana.
- The “Fighting Checkmates” of VFA-211 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
- The “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
- The “Sunliners” of VFA-81 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
- The “Rooks” of VAQ-137 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
- The “Seahawks” of VAW-126 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
- The “Rawhides” of VRC-40 – Detachment – C-2A – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
- The “Dragon Slayers” of HSC-11 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
- The “Proud Warriors” of HSM-72 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
- USS San Jacinto (CG-56), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
Destroyer Squadron 28
Destroyer Squadron 28 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier.
- USS Cole (DDG-67), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
- USS Bainbridge (DDG- 96), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
- USS Gravely (DDG-107), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
- USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
- USS Gonzalez (DDG-66), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
- Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen(F310).
In Brest, France
The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit were operating in the Bay of Biscay. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), flagship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), arrived in Brest, France, on June 30, 2022, to complete a scheduled maintenance availability period.
The ARG includes Kearsarge, USS Arlington (LPD-24) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44).
The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is based in North Carolina and includes the command element; the aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 263 (Reinforced); the ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 2/6; and the logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 26.
In addition to the MEU itself, embarked commands with the Kearsarge ARG include Amphibious Squadron Six, Fleet Surgical Team 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2 and Beach Master Unit 2.
In the Western Atlantic
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas.
In the Eastern Pacific
USS Makin Island (LHD-8) is underway in the Southern California Operating Areas.
In addition to these major formations, not shown are 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.