USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 22, 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 Feb. 22, 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:

297

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
56 36 92

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 4 3 19 15 56 98

In Japan

Airman Kevin Figueroa, from Clayton, N.C., performs maintenance on a vent on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Feb. 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

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

Reagan, which is the service’s forward-deployed carrier, pulled into its homeport of Yokosuka on Nov. 14. Japan-based U.S. carriers typically make two shorter patrols every year, with a winter maintenance period in Yokosuka.

In the Philippine Sea

Marine machine gun teams fire 50-cal and M240 machine guns during a live-fire gunnery training exercise aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) on Feb. 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) is underway in the Philippine Sea. The America Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) includes amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD-18) and dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) and has the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked.

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is also operating in the Philippine Sea. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is conducting its second deployment in the past year. The strike group stopped in Guam from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4 for a port call and then conducted dual-carrier operations with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.

Carrier Strike Group 9

Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Richard Lapin, from Yankton, S.D., left, and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Christopher Oguntunde, from New Haven, Conn., check arresting gear netting in the aviation arresting gear shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Feb. 22, 2021. US Navy Photo

The San Diego-based CSG 9 commands the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and is embarked on the carrier.

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

Carrier Air Wing 11

An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the ‘Liberty Bells’ of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 115, approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Feb. 19, 2021. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Black Knights” of VFA-154 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Liberty Bells” of VAW-115 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of VRC-30 – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Eight Ballers” of HSC-8 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Wolf Pack” of HSM-75 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Cruiser

Navy Quartermaster 3rd Class Chandler St. Clair, from Arlington, Texas, uses metal shoring to combat flooding during a damage control drill aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) Feb. 16, 2021. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 23

USS Russell (DDG-59), bottom, approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO-202), center, and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) for a replenishment-at-sea on Feb. 10, 2021. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 23 is based in San Diego and is embarked on the carrier.

  • USS Russell (DDG-59), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS John Finn (DDG-113), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

In the Persian Gulf

USS Makin Island (LHD-8) moored pierside in Manama, Bahrain, during a scheduled port visit in support of logistics and maintenance on Feb. 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the 15th MEU is in the Persian Gulf. USS Makin Island (LHD-8) transited the Strait of Hormuz on Feb. 8.

According to the Marines, “The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit began air operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Feb. 13. Close air support operations and defensive counter-air support operations were carried out by Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), the aviation combat element of the 15th MEU, as part of broader U.S. Central Command counterterrorism operations in the region. U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft departed from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, to execute the long-range strike.”

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Owen, assigned to Commander, Task Force 56, scans the horizon for surface contacts aboard a Mark VI patrol boat during a high value asset escort of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), while underway in the Persian Gulf on Feb. 15, 2021. US Navy Photo

The ARG includes amphibious assault ship Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS San Diego (LPD-22) and USS Somerset (LPD-25). The 15th MEU includes the Command Element; the Aviation Combat Element composed of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced); the Ground Combat Element composed of Battalion Landing Team 1/4; and the Logistics Combat Element composed of Combat Logistics Battalion 15. Other units include Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 49, Tactical Air Control Squadron 11, Beach Master Unit 1, and Fleet Surgical Team 1 from San Diego and Assault Craft Unit 5 from Camp Pendleton, Calif.

In the Eastern Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Lucas Rock, from Chester, Ill., cleans pad eyes in the hangar bay of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Feb. 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and its strike group are in the Eastern Pacific. The Nimitz CSG is currently making its return transit to homeports and home airfields on the West Coast and is expected home this week. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego in May for a deployment to the Middle East that began in June.

As reported in The Kitsap Sun, Nimitz commanding officer Capt. Max Clark said Nimitz “will make stops in San Diego to drop off air wing personnel before traveling up the West Coast. It will also stop at Indian Island, at the entrance to Puget Sound, to drop off ordnance, Clark said. Then, finally, after a journey that started with crewmembers stepping onboard for quarantine April 1, 2020, most will get to dry land.”

Carrier Strike Group 11

F/A-18C Hornets, from the ‘Death Rattlers’ of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, flyby the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Feb. 19, 2021. US Navy Photo

San Diego-based CSG 11 commands the Nimitz CSG and is embarked on the carrier.

Aircraft carrier
USS Nimitz (CVN-68), homeported in Bremerton, Wash.

Carrier Air Wing 17

An F/A-18C Hornet, from the ‘Death Rattlers’ of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Feb. 19, 2021. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing 17, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked on Nimitz and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Redcocks” of VFA 22 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) F/A-18F Super Hornet – from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Kestrels” of VFA137 F/A-18 E from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA 94 F/A-18F from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Death Rattlers” of VMFA-323 F/A-18C from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar San Diego, Calif.
  • The “Cougars” of VAQ-139 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) EA-18G Growlers – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Sun Kings” of VAW-116 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) E2C Hawkeye – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of VRC-30 – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) C-2 – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Screamin’ Indians” of HSC-6 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) MH-60S– from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Battlecats” of HSM-73 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) MH-60R – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Cruiser

Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 17 fly in formation alongside the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) during an air power demonstration, as seen from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Feb. 15, 2021. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

Destroyer Squadron 9 is based at Naval Station Everett, Wash. The DESRON commodore and staff are embarked on Nimitz.

  • USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • USS Sterett (DDG-104), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), homeported in Everett, Wash.

Capt. P. Scott Miller, left, commanding officer of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Hospital Corpsman 3rd class Ang Li, a native of Newport, Ore., aboard the ship on Feb. 19, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Carl Vinson CSG and Carrier Air Wing 2 are underway in the Southern California Operating Areas. Later this year, the strike group will deploy for the first time with the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter and the CMV-22B Osprey aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

In the Western Atlantic

The Italian navy flagship, the aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550), sits pierside across from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 17, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group deployed Friday, Feb. 19, for the second time in a year with a partially new set of cruiser and destroyer escorts. Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) are deploying again after setting out for an earlier deployment in January 2020. USS Monterey (CG-61) and guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG-57), USS Laboon (DDG-58), USS Mahan (DDG-72) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) are new to the carrier strike group this time around, swapping in to relieve other surface ship escorts that deployed last year.

Carrier Strike Group 2
Norfolk-based CSG 2 commands the Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG and is embarked on the carrier.

Aircraft carrier
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 3

An MH-60S Knight Hawk, attached to the ‘Dusty Dogs’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, flies over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 21, 2021. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing 3, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Dwight D. Eisenhower and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Fighting Swordsmen” of VFA-32 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Gunslingers” of VFA-105 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Wildcats” of VFA-131 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Rampagers” of VFA-83 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Zappers” of VAQ-130 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Screwtops” of VAW-123 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of VRC-40 – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Dusty Dogs” of HSC-7 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Swamp Foxes” of HSM-74 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61), heave around a line during a man overboard exercise on Feb. 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
USS Monterey (CG-61), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Destroyer Squadron 22

Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG-57) pull in line during a fueling-at-sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 21, 2021. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 22 is based at Norfolk, and its leaders are embarked on Eisenhower.

  • USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), homeported in Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Laboon (DDG-58), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Mitscher (DDG-103), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Mahan (DDG-72), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is underway in the Virginia Capes.

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.

Source: USNI News

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