USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 23, 2022

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of June 23, 2022, 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 […]

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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 June 23, 2022, 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:

298

In Sasebo, Japan

Captain Kelly Fletcher, the new commodore of Amphibious Squadron 11, gives remarks during a change-of-command ceremony in the hangar bay of forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18). US Navy Photo

Ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which include USS America (LHA-6), USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Ashland (LSD-48), are in port in Sasebo, Japan.

In the Philippine Sea

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Vigilantes’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 conducts a fly-by off the port side of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG-101) on June 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is underway in the Philippine Sea following the completion of Exercise Valiant Shield on Friday.

Carrier Strike Group 3

The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, on patrol since leaving San Diego on Jan. 3, is in the Philippine Sea after a port call last week in Yokosuka for shipboard maintenance.

Carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Carrier Air Wing 9

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Kayla Pettit, from Charlotte, N.C., signals an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the ‘Vigilantes’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, as it launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on June 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked aboard Abraham Lincoln and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Black Aces” of VFA-41 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Fs from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Tophatters” of VFA-14 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Black Knights” of VMFA 314 – Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) flying F-35Cs from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
  • The “Wizards” of VAQ-133 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Wallbangers” of VAW-117 – 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 “Chargers” of HSC-14 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island.
  • The “Raptors” of HSM-71 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island.

Cruiser

USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) makes its approach toward the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on June 19, 2022. US Navy Photo

  • USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 21

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman Stephen Mauldin, right, from Edmond, Okla., applies a tourniquet to Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Andrew Deveroux, from Jacksonville, Fla., during a tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) training evolution on the mess decks aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG-101) on June 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 21 is based in San Diego, Calif., and is embarked on the carrier.

  • USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.
  • USS Gridley (DDG-101), homeported at Naval Station Everett, Wash.
  • USS Sampson (DDG-102), homeported at Naval Station Everett.
  • USS Spruance (DDG-111), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.

An MV-22 Osprey aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on June 15, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is also underway in the Philippine Sea.

Tripoli departed Naval Station San Diego on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on May 2. The 45,000-ton big-deck amphibious ship has 20 F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters embarked to evaluate the Marine Corps “lightning carrier” concept. The Navy and Marines are testing Tripoli’s adjunct capability to a carrier strike group, USNI News reported.

In Guam

Sailors signal to raise an aircraft elevator as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) pulls into Naval Base Guam for a scheduled port visit on June 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

Having concluded Exercise Valiant Shield on June 17, the Ronald Reagan Strike Group is making a port visit to Guam.

Carrier Strike Group 5

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) pulls into Naval Base Guam for a scheduled port visit on June 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

Lt. Cmdr. Cody Forsythe, right, from Newport Beach, California, explains safety procedures to Midshipman 1st Class Tom Joyce, from Kansas City, Kansas, before his first flight in an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the ‘Diamondbacks’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on June 17, 2022. 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, Japan.
  • The “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Eagles” of VFA-115 from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Dambusters” of VFA-195 from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Shadowhawks” of VAQ-141 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Tiger Tails” of VAW-125 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Providers” of VRC-30 – Detachment 5 – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Golden Falcons” of HSC-12 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
  • The “Saberhawks” of HSM-77 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

Cruisers

USS Antietam (CG-54), right, sails in formation with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65), center, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), back, during Valiant Shield 2022 (VS22). US Navy Photo

 

  • USS Antietam (CG-54), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Destroyer Squadron 15

Destroyer Squadron 15 is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and is embarked on the carrier. Destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 15 are also assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.

  • USS Benfold (DDG-65), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan

In the Western Mediterranean Sea

Sailors standby for color detail on the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as the ship pulls into Marseille, France for a scheduled port visit, June 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway in the Western Mediterranean Sea after a port visit in Marseille, France.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has extended the deployment of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, its escorts and Carrier Air Wing 1 as a hedge against Russian aggression in Europe. Truman has spent four months operating in the Mediterranean Sea since Austin ordered the strike group to remain on station in December as Russia massed forces along the Ukrainian border.

One defense official told USNI News the carrier could remain in the region until August before returning to its homeport in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Strike Group 8

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) pulls into Marseille, France for a scheduled port visit, June 18, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Woods US Navy Photo

Carrier
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 1

An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, attached to the ‘Dragonslayers’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11, delivers food to the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Supply and (T-AOE 6) USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), June 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Red Rippers” of VFA-11 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Fs from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Fighting Checkmates” of VFA-211 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Sunliners” of VFA-81 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Rooks” of VAQ-137 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Seahawks” of VAW-126 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of VRC-40 – Detachment – C-2A – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Dragon Slayers” of HSC-11 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Proud Warriors” of HSM-72 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

Sailors receive stores from USNS Robert E. Perry (T-AKE-5) on the starboard weather deck of USS San Jacinto (CG-56), during a replenishment-at-sea in the Mediterranean Sea June 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

 

  • USS San Jacinto (CG-56), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 28

Damage Controlman Fireman Raheem Parris, from Suffolk, Virginia, increases the tension of metal shoring during a damage control drill aboard USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) June 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 28 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier.

  • USS Cole (DDG-67), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Bainbridge (DDG- 96), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Gravely (DDG-107), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Gonzalez (DDG-66), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen(F310).

In the Celtic Sea

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Tu N. Chau directs an AV-8B Harrier, attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) during exercise BALTOPS 22, June 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are in the Celtic Sea following completion of the BALTOPS 22 exercise from June 5 to 17.

The ARG includes USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS Arlington (LPD-24) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44). The ARG is currently operating is a disaggregated fashion. Arlington arrived to Gabes, Tunisia to participate in exercise AFRICAN LION 2022 on June 17, 2022.

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is based in North Carolina and includes the command element; the aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 263 (Reinforced); the ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 2/6; and the logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 26.

In addition to the MEU itself, embarked commands with the Kearsarge ARG include Amphibious Squadron Six, Fleet Surgical Team 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2 and Beach Master Unit 2.

In the Western Atlantic

Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Daniel Ly, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, secures an F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), June 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway off the coast of Virginia ahead of an anticipated deployment later this year. The strike group is conducting its Composite Unit Training Exercise, or COMPTUEX, according to The Newport News Daily Press.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Carrier
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 7

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Tyler Morehouse, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), directs an elevator carrying an E-2D Hawkeye aircraft, attached to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, June 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard George H. W. Bush and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Pukin’ Dogs” of VFA-143 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Es from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Sidewinders” of VFA-86 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Patriots” of VAQ-140 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bluetails” of VAW-121 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of VRC-40 – Detachment – C-2A – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Nightdippers” of HSC-5 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Grandmasters” of HSM-46 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195), June 5, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 26
Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier.

  • The Italian navy destroyer ITS Caio Duilo (D554)

In the Eastern Pacific

Seaman Shaun Chirico from Lithia Fla., heaves in a line on the fantail in preparation for going underway aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on June 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has completed training in the Southern California Operating Areas. USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is headed back to homeport in Bremerton, Wa.

USS Essex (LHD-2) and USS Boxer (LHD-4) are underway in the Eastern Pacific. Essex is expected to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands

In addition to these major formations, not shown are 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.