USNI News-CNA Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 13, 2017

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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 Nov. 13, 2017, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:

278

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
50 31 81

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 1 18 14 67 101

In the Sea of Japan

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) transit the Western Pacific. The strike groups are underway and conducting operations in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise on Nov. 12, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), along with their escorts and air wings, are operating off the Korean peninsula. This exercise is scheduled to complete this week.

Exercise By the Numbers:

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and their attached strike groups transit the Western Pacific with ships from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy periodically conducts large-scale exercises that involve several carriers. The last time three carriers exercised together occurred in the Western Pacific in 2007.

This week’s tri-carrier exercise includes:

  • 23,000 sailors and Marines deployed on 15 surface ships.
  • More than 200 tactical aircraft.
  • 12 Navy and Marine Fighter/Attack Squadrons with 120 F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F.
  • 15 E-2C/D airborne early warning aircraft.
  • 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft.
  • 54 MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters.
  • An undeclared number of attack submarines (SSNs) deployed in direct and associated support.
  • The aircraft and ships come from 10 different homeports and home fields.

Carrier Strike Group 5

Aircraft carrier:

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits the Philippine Sea on Sept. 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Yokosuka, Japan

Carrier Air Wing 5:

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 conducts aerial refueling operations. US Air Force Photo

CVW-5 is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Eagles” of VFA-115 from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Dambusters” of VFA-195 from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Tiger Tails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan
  • The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan

Destroyer Squadron 15

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), and USS Barry (DDG 52) maneuver near the USS Stethem (DDG 63) during a surface exercise in waters south of Japan on Feb. 27, 2017. The destroyers eventually sailed to Guam to participate in the Multisail 2017 exercise with Japanese forces. US Navy photo.

DESRON 15 leadership is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and commands the Strike Group’s Guided Missile Destroyers. Reagan is embarked with part of the squadron which also deploys for other missions in the region.

  • USS Stethem (DDG-63), Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Mustin (DDG-89), Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Yokosuka, Japan

Guided-missile Cruiser

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) patrols the waters South of Japan on May 22, 2017. US Navy photo.

USS Shiloh (CG-67), Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Yokosuka, Japan

Carrier Strike Group 9

Aircraft carrier:

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) conducts an ammunition onload with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) on Oct. 7, 2017. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the “Indians” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 and the “Battlecats” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 preform pre-flight checks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

CVW 17 is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA-94 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Redcocks” of VFA-22 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Checkerboards” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.
  • The “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Indians” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Battlecats” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 23

USS Sampson (DDG-102) transits the Pacific Ocean as an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Battlecats of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 passes overhead. US Navy Photo

 

The leadership of DESRON 23 is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and commands the CSG’s guided-missile destroyers.

  • USS Sampson (DDG-102) homeported in Everett, Wash.
  • USS Preble (DDG-88) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • USS Halsey (DDG-97) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Guided-missile Cruiser

Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on May 28, 2014. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Strike Group 11

Aircraft carrier:

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) patrols the Persian Gulf, Oct. 20, 2017. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) homeported at Naval Station Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash.

Carrier Air Wing 11

CVW 11 is embarked aboard Nimitz and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Black Knights” of VFA-154 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar San Diego, Calif.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Blue Tails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 9

USS Shoup (DDG 86) fires a MK 45 5-inch gun during a live fire exercise during Rim of the Pacific 2016. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 9 is embarked aboard Nimitz and commands the CSG’s guided-missile destroyers.

  • USS Shoup (DDG-86) homeported in Everett, Wash.
  • USS Kidd (DDG-100) homeported in Everett, Wash.
  • USS Howard (DDG-83) homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Pinckney (DDG-91) homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Guided-Missile Cruiser

USS Princeton (CG-59) transits the Persian Gulf on Sept. 9, 2017. US Navy Photo

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

In the Eastern Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Vincent Sanchez directs the pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet from the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) flight deck on Nov. 9, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson CSG continues its underway training in the Southern California Operating Areas conducting a Sustainment Training Exercise (SUSTEX). According to a Navy spokesman, SUSTEX “allows all elements of a CSG to regroup in order to maintain their efficiency ahead of a future deployment.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is continuing underway training after leaving its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton.

In the Persian Gulf

Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) parade the colors on the flight deck during a celebration of the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are operating in the Persian Gulf.

The ARG includes amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-60), amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22).

In the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea

Operations Specialist 3rd Class Eric Rand scans for air contacts in the amphibious air traffic control center of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7). US Navy Photo

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is underway conducting a Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) arrived off Puerto Rico in early October and continues to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief efforts.

“The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort replenished its medical supplies, food and other necessities, by connecting with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn while underway off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 6 November… The Comfort received 193 pallets of food and medical supplies from the Big Horn during the underway replenishment,” read a statement from the service.
“Since it departed from Norfolk, Virginia, Sept. 29 to provide humanitarian relief in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the sailors aboard the Comfort have treated 1,476 patients, performed 147 surgeries and admitted 293 patients. Patients continued to be treated on the ship during the short underway 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, Coast Guard cutters and more serving throughout the globe.

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