USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 28, 2023

August 28, 2023 11:52 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 Aug. 28, 2023, 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.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
(USS 238, USNS 59)
(USS 67, USNS 33)
(39 Deployed, 28 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 3 3 14 20 60 100

In Yokosuka, Japan

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, launches off the flight deck of aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), during flight operations in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 24, 2023. US Navy Photo

After three months underway, the Ronald Reagan Strike Group (CSG) is in Japan for a port call.

Carrier Strike Group 5

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), steams in formation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Maya (DDG-179) in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 22, 2023. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, attached to the ‘Tiger Tails’ of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, prepares to land on the flight deck of aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 23, 2023. US Navy Photo

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.
  • 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 Robert Smalls (CG 62) conducts a fueling replenishment-at-sea with USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) in the Indian Ocean, Aug. 1, 2023. US Navy Photo
  • USS Robert Smalls (CG-62), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
  • USS Antietam (CG-54), homeported in Yokosuka.

Destroyer Squadron 15

Destroyer Squadron 15 is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and is embarked on the carrier.


Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) flies the national ensign overhead while participating in a multiple large deck event on July 29, 2023. US Navy Photo
  • USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

In the South China Sea

Members of the aviation fuel handling team refuel an MH-65E Dolphin helicopter during routine nighttime flight operations onboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) on Aug. 23, 2023. US Navy Photo

Legend-class National Security Cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) is in the South China Sea and is conducting joint training with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

In Manila, the Philippines

The U.S., Australia, Japan, and the Philippines carried out a joint exercise in the waters off Manila on Thursday involving the Australian and Japanese large-deck ships on deployment in the region. Meanwhile, Chinese bombers flew near Japan while a Chinese unmanned air vehicle conducted a flight off Taiwan’s east coast, according to Japan Ministry of Defense news releases.

In the Persian Gulf

Marine Corps Sgt. William Turner, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), stands watch aboard dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz, on Aug. 21, 2023. US Navy Photo

USS Bataan (LHD-5) and USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), with elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, are in the Persian Gulf. This is the first time an ARG has been in U.S. 5th Fleet since the Essex Amphibious Ready Group departed the 5th Fleet in January 2022.

Embarked units include Amphibious Squadron 8, 26th MEU(SOC), Fleet Surgical Team 8, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4 and Beach Master Unit 2. The 26th MEU (SOC), based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, includes Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marines; Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (Reinforced) and Combat Logistics Battalion 22.

Dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) transits the Strait of Hormuz, Aug. 21, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Marines stand ready to respond, if ordered, to provide armed security aboard foreign commercial ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz, USNI News reported. The decision to train small teams with 15 to 19 Marines is intended to thwart any moves by Iran’s maritime forces – notably its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy – to harass, intercept or seize the merchant vessels.

U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) are forward-deployed to the region under Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA). PATFORSWA deploys Coast Guard personnel and ships alongside U.S. and regional naval forces throughout the Middle East. Initially deployed in 2003 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, PATFORSWA is now a permanent presence based out of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In Antalya, Turkey

Capt. Matt Mulcahey, Executive Officer of the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78), explains to Turkish military leaders the flight deck operations USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-76) during a distinguished visitor tour and dinner while anchored off the coast of Antalya, Turkey, Aug. 26, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived for a port call in Antalya, Turkey on Aug. 25.

Carrier Strike Group 12

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) steam in formation in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 21, 2023. US Navy Photo


USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), homeported at Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 8

An F/A -18F Super Hornet attached to the ‘Blacklions’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 flies in formation with two Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, Aug. 21, 2023. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW 8), stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Ford for the deployment and includes a total of nine squadrons.

  • The “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Blacklions” of VFA 213 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA 87 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA 31 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 – EA-18G – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bear Aces” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 124 – E-2D – from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 – C-2A – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 – MH-60R – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
  • The “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 – MH-60S – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.


Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) man the rails, as the ship pulls in Aksaz Naval Base, Turkiye, Aug. 26, 2023. US Navy Photo
  • USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Norfolk, Va.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Sean Sargis stands watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) while departing Bahrain, Aug. 21, 2023. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 2 is based in Norfolk, Va., and is embarked on Ford.

  • USS Ramage (DDG-61), homeported at Norfolk.
  • USS McFaul (DDG-74), homeported at Norfolk.
  • USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), homeported at Mayport, Fla.

In Dublin, Ireland

gt. Justin Steenerson, Field Artillery Cannoneer with Sierra Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) Bravo Command Element, participates in a simulated fire mission as part of a Fires Summit held to provide increased awareness of current Marine Corps and Norwegian military long range precision fires capabilities in Setermoen, Norway, Aug. 21, 2023. US Marine Corps

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) is in port in Dublin, Ireland. The visit occurred in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Academy football game against Notre Dame at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

According to the Marine Corps, “Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), embarked on the USS Mesa Verde, with attached elements of Italian Marines from the San Marco Brigade, concluded a successful bilateral training exercise with Brigade North Norwegian Soldiers, aimed at enhancing their warfighting lethality and interoperability with our ally and partners above the Arctic Circle, from Aug. 5 to 21, 2023.”

In the Beaufort Sea

A small boat deployed by Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) maneuvers away from the davit during boat operations in Norton Sound, Aug. 18, 2023. Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) continues its work in the Beaufort Sea. Healy is on a five-month deployment in partnership with the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.

Healy’s crew and embarked researchers ventured onto a floe of multi-year ice for the first of three multi-instrument ice stations in the Arctic Ocean Basin in late July and early August.

The cutter left Seattle on July 11 for a months-long Arctic deployment.

“The Healy deploys annually to the Arctic to support multiple science missions and Operation Arctic Shield, the service’s annual operation to execute U.S. Coast Guard missions, enhance maritime domain awareness, strengthen partnerships, and build preparedness, prevention, and response capabilities across the Arctic domain,” the Coast Guard said in a recent news release.

In the North Atlantic

USCGC Forward (WMEC-911) steams near an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 22, 2023. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Forward (WMEC-911) is currently supporting Operation Nanook. Operation Nanook is an annual Canadian-led exercise that fosters international cooperation and shared responsibility in the Arctic and the northern Atlantic Regions. The cutter recently made a port call in Nuuk, Greenland.

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, EOD Mobile Units and more serving throughout the globe.

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