USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 16, 2018

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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 April 16, 2018, 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:

282

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
41 30 71

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 2 2 18 17 56 95

Syria Strike: Eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf

Along with U.K. and French military forces and the U.S. Air Force, several U.S. Navy ships participated in the Syria strike on April 13. None of the firing ships were attached to a deployed strike group. Guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG-58) fired seven Tomahawk land attack missiles from the Red Sea. Laboondeployed from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 23. The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61) fired 30 Tomahawk missiles from the Red Sea. Monterey deployed from Norfolk on Oct. 16. USS John Warner (SSN-785), a Virginia-class attack submarine, fired six Tomahawk missiles from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. John Warner departed Norfolk for the sub’s maiden deployment on Jan. 5. Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76) fired 23 Tomahawks from the Persian Gulf. USS Higginsdeployed on Nov. 20 from Naval Station San Diego, Calif.

USS Winston Churchill (DDG-81) deployed April 5 from Norfolk, Va., and was en route the area to join USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) in the Eastern Med. These ships did not participate in the attack, though there are press reports that they were part of a deception plan to distract Syrian and Russian forces.

In the Middle Atlantic

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) man the rails during the departure for their 2018 deployment on April 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group deployed from Norfolk on April 11 and is headed east. The CSG is scheduled to operate in both the U.S 6th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility while deployed.

Carrier Strike Group 8

Sailors of assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) prepare the ship to depart for its 2018 deployment. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier:
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 1

An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 flies above the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on April 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

CVW 1 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Checkmates” of VFA-211 from Naval Air Station Oceania, Va.
  • The “Sunliners” of VFA-81 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Dragon Slayers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 72) from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Destroyer Squadron 28

USS Farragut (DDG-99) launches a Standard Missile (SM-2) during a missile exercise (MISSILEX) on April 13, 2018. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 28 is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and commands the CSG’s guided-missile destroyers.

  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

The Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) is also operating as part of the strike group during the first half of the deployment.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) and USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) are slated to deploy at a later date and will join the strike group in theater.

Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

In the Western Pacific

USS Dewey (DDG-105) receives fuel from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) during a fueling-at-sea (FAS) on April 12, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in port in Yokosuka, Japan, for a maintenance availability.

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) trained alongside the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Osumi-class amphibious transport dock JS Shimokita for the first time on April 9.

USS Wasp (LHD-1), along with dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) and amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD-20), make up the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

Destroyers USS Sterett (DDG-104) and USS Dewey (DDG-105) are on a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region. While deployed, they will also support the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in order to advance U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Up-Gunned ESG concept and will train with forward-deployed amphibious ships across all mission areas. Dewey has been operating with Wasp recently while Sterett has conducted other tasks in U.S. 7th Fleet.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) arrives at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan on April 9, 2018. US Navy Photo

“The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, on April 9, the ship’s final time there as it prepares to sail to San Diego for a homeport shift. Forward-deployed since 2012, Bonhomme Richard has frequently stopped in White Beach to either on-load or drop off Marines, most often those from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit but also units under 3rd Marine Division and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade,” reads a statement from the Navy.
“As a tribute to the continual support the Okinawa community has provided to Bonhomme Richard over the years, the ship will host members of the community for ship tours and interact with thousands of citizens planned to attend the White Beach Festival taking place April 14-15.”

According to the 7th Fleet commander, “Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), arrived in Changi, Singapore, on April 13 for a port call. During the visit, the crew will conduct routine maintenance, load additional supplies onto the ship, and prepare for the second mission stop in Port Kelang, Malaysia.”

During PP18, Mercy and Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), the U.S. ships participating in PP18, are conducting visits to different Asia-Pacific nations and conducting technical expertise exchanges in medical, engineering and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief topic areas. Additionally, key leader and community engagement events will allow for direct engagement with local citizens and enhanced relationships with partner nation military and government leadership.

The Theodore Roosevelt CSG just departed Manila and is headed east.

Carrier Strike Group 9

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) anchors off the coast of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a scheduled port visit on April 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 17
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
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
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

In Aqaba, Jordan

Jordanian port workers secure USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) to the pier in Aqaba, Jordan during exercise Eager Lion 18 on April 15, 2018. US Navy Photo

According to the Marine Corps, amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and components of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit began participation in the military exercise Eager Lion 2018 this week.

The 11-day event will test the team’s 1,500 sailors and 1,800 embarked Marines with a wide range of drills meant to improve their collective ability to plan and project presence in a coalition environment. Eager Lion focuses on increasing U.S.-Jordanian security and warfighting capabilities, allowing the two nations to better address common threats to regional security. As part of the exercise, Marines from the 26th MEU will take part in an embassy reinforcement and non-combatant evacuation operation, and conduct bilateral sustainment training in a variety of combat skillsets.”

The Iwo Jima ARG, with the 26th MEU embarked, deployed Feb. 7 from Mayport, Fla. The ARG includes Iwo Jima, Oak Hill, amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD-21), Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 8 and FST-4, Helicopter Sea Combat squadron (HSC) 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 22, components of Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 4.

The Iwo Jima ARG and the 26th MEU were set to participate in the exercise Alligator Dagger earlier this month, the exercise canceled after the 26th MEU lost two aircraft. “An AV-8B Harrier and a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, both from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, crashed in the country on April 3 as exercise Alligator Dagger was getting started,” USNI News reported.

In the Eastern Pacific

An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on April 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

According to the Navy, “USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is underway with Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) to conduct training to prepare for its next scheduled deployment. Over the next several weeks, John C. Stenniswill complete Tailored Ship’s Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP), which assesses the ship’s ability to operate safely across a range of mission areas. Planned training includes flight operations, seamanship training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas as the ship and CVW 9 operate together for the first time since August 2016.”

In the Western Atlantic

Sailors observe an AV-8B Harrier land on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on April 14, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) is underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas.

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