USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 5, 2023

September 5, 2023 1:02 PM
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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 Sept. 5, 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 66, USNS 33)
(46 Deployed, 22 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 2 3 14 20 60 99

In Yokosuka, Japan

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Jean Saintil, from Cabaret, Haiti, performs maintenance on spotting dolly bearing in the hangar bay of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), Yokosuka, Japan, on Aug. 30, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group (CSG) is in Yokosuka, Japan.

In the Philippine Sea

Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier USS America (LHA-6) load a NATO Sea Sparrow missile into a missile launcher while sailing in the West Caroline Basin, August 20, 2023. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked is in the Philippine Sea.

Per press reports, the America ARG will participate in an exercise with the South Korean Navy and Canadian Navy in the Yellow Sea. The exercise coincides with the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Inchon that occurred from Sept. 15-19, 1950.

In the South China Sea

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) flight deck team conduct a walkdown to clear the deck of any foreign objects before routine flight operations Aug. 23, 2023, in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

Legend-class National Security Cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) is in the South China Sea.

The Coast Guard recently announced that the Office of Expeditionary Logistics (DOL-X) in Alameda, Calif., has reached full operational capability. DOL-X is the Coast Guard’s solution to relieve the remote logistics burden and will support Coast Guard Cutter Munro on its Western Pacific deployment.

In the Persian Gulf

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) conduct flight operations with a U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162, in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 23, 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, N.C., includes Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marines; Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (Reinforced) and Combat Logistics Battalion 22.

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 the Ionian Sea

Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Juan Villanueva, from Jacksonville, Fla., assigned to the ‘Spartans’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, directs an MH-60R Sea Hawk on the flight deck of the world’s largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 30, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the Ionian Sea.

Carrier Strike Group 12

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) conducts flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 30, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 8

Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Degelder, from Grand Rapids, Mich., assigned to the ‘Golden Warriors’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, pilots an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the world’s largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 30, 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.


Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Glen Gonzalez, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), center right, mans 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

Ens. Emily Mitchell 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 the Baltic Sea

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro talks to U.S. Marines during a reception aboard San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) in Dublin, Ireland. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, entered the Baltic Sea on Friday, according to ship spotters. As of Tuesday morning, the San Antonio-class amphibious warship was operating off the coast of Norway, according to Navy officials. The amphibious warship was Dublin, Ireland, last week in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Academy football game against Notre Dame at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

In the East Siberian Sea

USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) small boat gets underway during boat operations in Norton Sound, Aug 18, 2023. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is in the East Siberian Sea in proximity to Russia’s Northern Sea Route.

“While Healy has completed periodic voyages across Canada’s Northwest Passage, there have been no U.S. surface missions across the NSR since at least the 1980s. Records show that the now-defunct US Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Sea drifted for three months in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in 1982, though it is unclear if its path took it across the NSR An earlier attempt, of what would today be considered a FONOP, in 1965 and 1967 across the Vilkitsky Strait along the NSR by a U.S. icebreaker was blocked by the Soviet Union. Last year’s US National Defense Authorization Act called for the US Coast Guard to provide a report during 2023 on the “feasibility and timeline” of conducting a NSR transit.

Healy is on a five-month deployment in partnership with the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. The cutter left Seattle on July 11 for a months-long Arctic deployment.

In the North Atlantic

Chief James Barnes smiles after receiving his cutterman’s pin aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forward (WMEC 911) in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 26, 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 the Western Atlantic

Sailors show their ship spirit during a WAVY TV 10 during a ship salute segment from the pier alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), Aug. 11, 2023. US Navy Photo

According to ship spotters, big deck amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) was underway off the coast of Virginia on Tuesday.

In the Eastern Pacific

A CMV-22B Osprey from the ‘Titans’ of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Sept. 2, 2023. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 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, EOD Mobile Units and more serving throughout the globe.

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