USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 11, 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 March 11, 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:

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
48 25 73

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 2 0 16 16 57 92

In Japan

Rear Adm. Karl O. Thomas, commander, battle force US 7th Fleet, salutes as he boards USS Barry (DDG-52) on March 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is in homeport in Yokosuka, Japan. USS Wasp (LHD-1) is in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan. Later this year, Wasp will relocate to Norfolk, Va., and USS America (LHA-6) will serve as the new flagship of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan (FDNF-J) amphibious fleet.

In the Indian Ocean

Sailors aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM-14) prepare to render honors to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) while transiting the South China Sea on March 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

The John C. Stennis CSG is underway in the Indian Ocean.

Carrier Strike Group 3

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) prepares to launch an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 during flight operations in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 19, 2019. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), homeported in Bremerton, Wash. (shifting to Norfolk, Va., upon completion of deployment)

Carrier Air Wing 9

Lt. Eric Jensen, from Austin, Texas, signals an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Indian Ocean on March 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

CVW 9, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, is embarked aboard Stennis and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Tophatters” of VFA-14 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Warhawks” of VFA-97 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 from Naval Air Station Pt Mugu, CA
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Raptors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 21

USS Stockdale (DDG-106) transits the Strait of Hormuzon March 4, 2019. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 21 is embarked aboard Stennis and commands the guided-missile destroyers that are operating as part of the CSG.

  • USS Stockdale (DDG-106), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Spruance (DDG-111), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Guided-missile Cruiser

USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) transits the South China Sea on March 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

In the Arabian Sea

Lance Cpl. Aikehl McTush, a radio operator with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, sharpens his drum skills by playing a snare pracice pad during downtime in the well deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on March 6, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are underway in the Arabian Sea.

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is led by Wasp-class amphibious assault ship Kearsarge and includes amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD-24) and dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), according to the Navy. The more than 4,500 sailors and Marines left the East Coast on Dec. 17. The deployment will likely include operations in Europe and the Middle East.

Sailors use a scrubber and water to clean the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on March 10, 2019. US Navy Photo

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 Eastern Pacific

Seaman Mayah Caudle, from Charlotte, N.C., drains water from a fire hose during a damage control exercise in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting routine operations in the Eastern Pacific on March 9, 2019. US Navy Photo

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is underway for training in the Southern California Operating Areas.

In the Western Atlantic

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during LCAC operations. The ship is currently underway conducting sea trials on March 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

USS Bataan (LHD-5) is underway conducting sea trials in preparation for the upcoming training cycle and scheduled deployment.

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, Seabees, Coast Guard cutters, EOD Mobile Units, and more serving throughout the globe.

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