USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 20, 2021

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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. 13, 2021, 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:

296

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
71 24 95

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 4 3 20 13 64 104

In the Indian Ocean

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Salonica Williams, left, receives instruction from Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Vincent Maglines on how to fight a fire during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in the Arabian Sea on Sept. 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Japan-based Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is in the Indian Ocean – back in the 7th Fleet. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) and guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97) spent about 3 months in the 5th Fleet having arrived there on June 25.

Aircraft carrier

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Carrier Air Wing 5

Sailors prepare to move an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 in the hangar bay of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:
  • The "Royal Maces" of VFA-27 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
  • The "Diamondbacks" of VFA-102 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
  • The "Eagles" of VFA-115 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
  • The "Dambusters" of VFA-195 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
  • The "Shadowhawks" of VAQ-141 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
  • The "Tigertails" of VAW-125 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
  • The "Providers" of VRC-30 – Detachment 5 – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
  • The "Golden Falcons" of HSC-12 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Facility Atsugi, Japan
  • The "Saberhawks" of HSM-77 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan

Cruiser

The Pakistan navy frigate PNS Alamgir (F 260), the German navy frigate FGS Bayern (F 217), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) sail in formation during a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Arabian Sea on Spet. 6, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS Shiloh (CG-67), homeported in Yokosuka.

Destroyer Squadron 15

Destroyer Squadron 15 is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and is embarked on the carrier. U.S. 7th Fleet has not fully specified the escorts accompanying on its patrol, but the CSG includes:
  • USS Halsey (DDG-97), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

In the Persian Gulf

The dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE-8), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), left, on Sept. 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked deployed Aug. 12 and is now in the Persian Gulf.

The ARG is comprised of three ships: USS Essex (LHD-2), amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD-27), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52). Together, the 11th MEU, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1 and ships are designated as an ARG/MEU. In addition to the ships, the principal Navy elements of the ARG are a Naval Beach Group element, the Tactical Air Control Squadron element, a fleet surgical team, and a helicopter sea combat squadron element.

The 11th MEU consists of four major components: a command element, a ground combat element, an aviation combat element, and a logistics combat element. The 11th MEU is comprised of Battalion Landing Team 1/1, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165 (Reinforced), Marine Attack Squadron 214, and Combat Logistics Battalion 11.

With the arrival in. theater of the Essex ARG and 11th MEU. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) can start their return transit home.

In the Red Sea

Lance Cpl. Lezavier Boone, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), secures an MV-22B Osprey to the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on Sept. 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are in the Red Sea. The Iwo Jima ARG and the 24th MEU deployed on March 25. They are expected to transit the Suez Canal, enter the Mediterranian Sea and head home to the East Coast of the U.S.

The ARG/MEU consists of the amphibious assault ship USS  Iwo Jima (LHD-7), Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS  Carter Hall (LSD-50) and amphibious transport dock USS  San Antonio (LPD-17) make up the ARG. Embarked detachments for the Iwo Jima ARG include Amphibious Squadron Four, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Six, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, Naval Beach Group (NBG) Two, Beach Master Unit (BMU) Two, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Two and Four, and Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) Two.

The 24th MEU, which is headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., consists of a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/8, a Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 24, and an Aviation Combat Element, Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM) 162 Reinforced. The 24th MEU also includes a Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment.

In the Philippine Sea

Sailors clean a jet blast deflector on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Sept. 12, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is in the Philippine Sea. The CSG deployed on Aug. 2 – operating in U.S. 7th Fleet. This is the first U.S. Navy deployment of F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and the Navy's new CMV-22B Osprey carrier onboard delivery aircraft.

According to a Pacific Fleet release: "While in the South China Sea, the strike group is conducting maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units."

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG-90); and Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS-16) are the escorts currently operating with the Carl Vinson CSG. The CSG's other guided-missile destroyers are operating throughout the 7th Fleet.

Aircraft carrier

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Carrier Air Wing 2

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Shardae Hamilton, signals to halt an MH-60R, assigned to the 'Blue Hawks' of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, in the hangar bay of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Sept. 13, 2021. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked aboard Carl Vinson and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:
  • The "Argonauts" of VFA-147 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F-35Cs from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The "Bounty Hunters" of VFA-2 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The "Stingers" of VFA-113 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The "Golden Dragons" of VFA-192 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The "Gauntlets" of VAQ-136 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The "Black Eagles" of VAW-113 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The "Titans" of VRM-30 – CMV-22B – Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The "Black Knights" of HSC-4 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island.
  • The "Blue Hawks" of HSM-78 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island.

Cruiser

USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 1

Lt. j.g. GiGi Green, a Chicago native, coordinates flight operations from the Helicopter Control Tower aboard Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Chafee (DDG-90) on July 6, 2021. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 1 is based in San Diego and is embarked on the carrier.
  • USS Dewey (DDG-105), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS O'Kane (DDG-77), homeported in San Diego.
  • USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • USS Chafee (DDG-90), homeported in Pearl Harbor.
  • USS Stockdale (DDG-106), homeported in San Diego.

In Guam

After over a 120 days at sea, units from #CSG21 are now alongside for a period of mid deployment maintenance to bolster our sustainability and resilience ahead of the next phase of the deployment. Sustaining a Strike Group at range is a team effort.@HMSQNLZ pic.twitter.com/Ikct8Z6Th5

— Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (@smrmoorhouse) September 13, 2021

The U.K. Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) spent last week in Guam for upkeep, according to Stars and Stripes.

The U.K. Carrier Strike Group has included: Type 23 anti-submarine frigates HMS Richmond (F239) and HMS Kent (F78); Type 45 guided-missile destroyers HMS Defender (D36) and HMS Diamond (D34); Royal Fleet Auxiliary's RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring; U.S. destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805); and the nuclear attack boat HMS Artful (S121). The "Wake Island Avengers" of U.S. Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 are embarked and integrated with Royal Air Force 617 Squadron "The Dambusters.

In the Western Atlantic

Sailors refuel a T-45C Goshawk aircraft, assigned to Training Air Wing (TW) 1, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Sept. 19, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) is underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas. The carrier recently completed one of the largest and most complex aircraft carrier availabilities conducted at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).

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.