USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 11, 2023

September 11, 2023 11:53 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 Sept. 11, 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 237, USNS 59)
(USS 66, USNS 33)
(43 Deployed, 24 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 Japan

Members of the command honor guard detail parade the colors during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN -76), while in-port Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Sept. 11, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group (CSG) is in Yokosuka, Japan. The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is in Sasebo.

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

In the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) on Sept. 9, 2023. US Navy Photo

Japan-based destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) and Canadian frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341) passed through the strait after drilling with Japanese ships in the East China Sea, near Okinawa, USNI News reported on Friday.

“The ships transited through a corridor in the strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal state,” reads a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.
Ralph Johnson and Ottawa’s bilateral transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Ralph Johnson and Ottawa sailed together for exercise Noble Stingray that included anti-submarine warfare drills.

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

In the Persian Gulf

Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and U.S. Naval Special Warfare Operators assigned to Special Operations Joint Task Force-Central conduct small boat training in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 5, 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 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 Adriatic Sea

Capt. Rick Burgess, commanding officer USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), sits in the cockpit of a F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the ‘Blacklions’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, during flight operations on the flight deck, Sept. 8, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Strike Group 12

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Francisco Acevedo-Ortiz, from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, assigned USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) deck department, uses a needle gun for routine preservation on an anchor windless in the fo’c’sle, Sept. 8, 2023. US Navy Photo


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

Carrier Air Wing 8

Two F/A-18E Super Hornets, attached to the ‘Golden Warriors’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, conduct flight operations from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), Sept. 8, 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.


Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Jezel Natalcuret, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), stands by a JP-5 fuel line as an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned to the ‘Spartans’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 (HSM 70) prepares to conduct in-flight refueling training, Sep. 06, 2023. US Navy Photo
  • USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Norfolk, Va.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Ens. Emmett Askeland, aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), monitors surface contacts while underway in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 2, 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 Riga, Latvia

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Bravo Command Element, arrived in Riga, Latvia for a routine and scheduled port visit, Sept. 7, 2023. US Navy Photo

According to the Navy, “the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Bravo Command Element, arrived in Riga, Latvia for a routine and scheduled port visit, Sept. 7, 2023.”

“While in port, the 26th MEU (SOC) Bravo Command Element will begin to offload equipment and personnel in preparation for their participation exercise Northern Coasts 2023, a German-led multinational naval exercise series for NATO, EU and participating countries in the Baltic region,” the release reads.
“This year approximately 3,200 military members, 14 nations, 30 ships and submarines and up to 15 aircraft will participate in exercise Northern Coasts, strengthening the partnership and interoperability amongst Allies and partners.”

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). The other two ships in the Bataan ARG are currently operating in 5th Fleet.

In the East Siberian Sea

USCGC Healy on Sept. 5, 2023, in the Arctic as part of its mission to service nine long-term subsurface mooring arrays, stretching from the Eurasian Basin to the East Siberian Sea. Coast Guard Photo

USCGC Healy (WAGB 20) continues its work servicing the Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System (NABOS).

“Embarking from Kodiak, AK, travelling through the Arctic Ocean and ending at Tromsø, Norway, scientists aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy will recover scientific sensors deployed during a 2021 cruise,” reads a statement. “They will set out new equipment to continuously record temperature, salinity, and currents at different ocean depths. The team will also conduct ship-based surveys, gathering water and ice samples for future chemical analysis.”

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 Eastern Pacific

Sailors prepare to man a phone and distance line on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during an ammunition transfer on Sept. 7, 2023. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is underway in the Southern California Operating Areas conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications.

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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