USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 8, 2019

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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 July 8, 2019, 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.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:

290

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
51 26 77

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 2 4 22 19 54 102

In Brisbane, Australia

Lt. Gen. Greg Bilton, Australian Defense Force’s Chief of Joint Operations, offers remarks during the opening ceremony for Talisman Sabre 19 July 7, 2019, aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in Brisbane, Australia. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) pulled into Brisbane on July 5, 2019. Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS 19), a bilateral U.S./Australian training exercise, will occur in the Coral Sea from July 11 to 24. TS19 will also include forces from New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan.

Carrier Air Wing 5

Lt. Eamonn Crumblish, from Dallas, examines an MH60-R Sea Hawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 currently embarked aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) before flight operations on July 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

CVW 5, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

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

Guided-missile Escorts

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), left, is underway alongside the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during a fueling-at-sea. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region on June 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy hasn’t announced the full escort for the strike group but it includes, USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), USS McCampbell (DDG-85).

In the Coral Sea

Lance Cpl. John C. Perry, a rifleman with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, scans the hillside during a boat raid exercise on Townshend Island, Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 3, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are underway and operating in the Coral Sea. The ESG is also set to participate Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 this month.

Cpl. Jared Ribolini, a military working dog handler, and Sally, his military working dog, both with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Law Enforcement Detachment, practice following commands before conducting aggression training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on July 3, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Precursor events for TS19 have already begun, ahead of the official July 11 start date. The ESG includes amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay(LPD-20) and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48).

A Chinese Navy intelligence-gathering vessel (AGI) is headed toward the Coral Sea.

An undated photo of Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) Tianwangxing (852).

“On Saturday night, the Type 815G Dongdiao-class electronic surveillance ship was believed to be north of Papua New Guinea, having begun its voyage south towards Australia late last week,” reported Australia’s ABC.

In the Gulf of Aden

Seaman Aaron Caballes, from Las Vegas, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), pulls the phone and distance line on the flight deck during a replenishment-at-sea on July 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with 11th MEU embarked is in the Gulf of Aden.

Amphibious Squadron 5 (PHIBRON 5) is ARG commander. In addition to the Wasp-class USS Boxer (LHD-4), the ARG also includes USS Harper’s Ferry (LSD-49) and USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26).

The ARG includes the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21, Assault Craft Unit 5, Naval Beach Group 1, Beachmaster Unit 1, Fleet Surgical Team 5, and Tactical Air Control Squadron 11.

The Camp Pendleton-based 11th MEU comprises Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines; Marine Attack Squadron 214 equipped with AV-8B Harriers; Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced); and Combat Logistics Battalion 11.

In Singapore

A local reporter takes a photo of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8), following a media availability and ship tour aboard Montgomery while in Singapore for a rotational deployment on July 8, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) has arrived in Singapore as part of a deployment that started in late May, USNI News reported last week. The LCS made a port call in the Philippines before heading to its forward base in Singapore.

“Montgomery’s arrival in Singapore marks the fourth deployment of littoral combat ships to Southeast Asia. Fast, agile and networked surface combatants, LCS are optimized for operating in the near-shore environments,” read a statement from the service.

In the Gulf of Oman

Two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW 7) drop 1000-pound general-purpose bombs during an Independence Day air power demonstration next to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on July 4, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Abraham Lincoln CSG is operating in the Gulf of Oman. The region has been a hotspot since tensions between Washington and Tehran have been elevated over the past month or so.

Carrier Strike Group 12

An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 flies over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on July 4, 2019. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), homeported in Norfolk, Va. (shifting to San Diego, Calif., upon completion of deployment)

Carrier Air Wing 7

An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW 7) performs a supersonic pass during an Independence Day air power demonstration near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on July 4, 2019. US Navy Photo

CVW 7, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Lincoln and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Fist of the Fleet” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Sidewinders” of VFA-86 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Pukin’ Dogs” of VFA-143 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Night Dippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Griffins” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Garrett Paulson, from Houston, Texas, tests a portable exothermic cutting unit aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) on July 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 2 is embarked aboard Lincoln and commands the guided-missile destroyers that are operating as part of the CSG.

  • USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Mason (DDG-87), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Guided-missile Cruiser

  • USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

In the Eastern Atlantic

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) transits the Atlantic Ocean, on July 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Kearsarge ARG with embarked 22nd MEU is in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

More than 4,500 sailors and Marines in the group departed the East Coast on Dec. 17.

The Kearsarge ARG is commanded by Amphibious Squadron 6. In addition to USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), the ARG includes Norfolk-based USS Arlington (LPD-24) and Mayport, Fla.,-based USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), according to the Navy.

Along with elements of the 22nd MEU from Camp Lejeune, N.C., Fleet Surgical Teams 2 and 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, and Naval Beach Group 2 are also embarked, according to the Navy.

In the Southern California Operating Areas

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Aaron R. Leek, from Las Vegas, assigned to the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, throws a softball during an Independence Day steel beach picnic on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on July 4, 2019. US Navy Photo

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is underway for training.

In the Virginia Capes

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Jack Terry directs an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on July 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) is underway for training. The ship left for its Composite Training Unit Exercise last week ahead of its second deployment in less than a year.

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