USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 8, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 8, 2023, 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. Ships Underway Total 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 May 8, 2023, 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.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
296
(USS 238, USNS 58)
105
(USS 72, USNS 33)
 74
(46 Deployed, 28 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
5 1 2 11 19 67 105

In Japan

Cmdr. Gene Lattus, from Natrona, Pa., gives a tour of the flight deck to sailors assigned to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), while in-port Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 2, 2023.

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

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is in Sasebo, Japan. The America ARG consists of USS America (LHA-6), Amphibious Squadron 11 and USS Green Bay (LPD-20).

In the Philippine Sea

Aircraft fly near the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on May 3, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is in the Philippine Sea.

The Nimitz CSG deployed from the West Coast on Dec. 3 and chopped into U.S. 7th Fleet on Dec. 16.

Carrier Strike Group 11

Sailors operate a firehose during a damage control training exercise aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on May 3, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

On April 22, “the oldest-serving U.S commissioned aircraft carrier in the world, successfully completed its 350,000th arrested aircraft landing while sailing in the South China Sea, a milestone nearly 48 years in the making,” reads a news release from the carrier.

Carrier Air Wing 17

A Navy Sailor observes flight operations as an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the ‘Kestrels’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on May 2, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

  • The “Fighting Redcocks” of VFA-22 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Fs from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA-94 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Kestrels” of VFA-137 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146 – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Cougars” of VAQ-139 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Sun Kings” of VAW-116 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Providers” of VRC-30 – C-2A – Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Indians” of HSC-6 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island.
  • The “Battle Cats” of HSM-73 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island.

Cruiser

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Daniel Stumpff, from Medford, Ore., leads an in-port emergency training team (IET) during a damage control training event aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on May 4, 2023. US Navy Photo

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 9

Sailors participate in medical training aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) May 4, 2023. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 9 is based in Everett, Wash., and is embarked on Nimitz.

  • USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), homeported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), homeported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
  • USS Decatur (DDG-73), homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.

In Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

Capt. Daniel Keeler, commanding officer of amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), oversees as Anchorage pulls into Subic Bay, Philippines, April 30, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) – with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked – is in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines.

In November 1901, the United States established the Subic Bay Naval Reservation. On November 24, 1992, U.S. Marines lowered the U.S. flag and turned over the base, including Naval Air Station Cubi Point, to Philippine control. This port visit coincided with meetings in Washington, D.C. by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Under the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Arrangement (EDCA), the Republic of the Philippines recently allowed the United States to access four more basing sites.

USS Makin Island (LHD-8), the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, left Naval Base San Diego on Nov. 9 for a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. The ARG also includes amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23).

Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) transits the Subic Bay Harbor, May 6, 2023. US Navy Photo

During the deployment to the Western Pacific, the ARG has worked with other U.S. assets, including Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, P-8A Poseidon aircraft and personnel from U.S. 7th Fleet and CTF 72, 73, 75, 76/3, Destroyer Squadron 7 and Amphibious Squadron 7. Task Force 76/3 was recently formed as a result of merging the staffs of the Navy’s TF 76 and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

The MEU includes the aviation combat element with the “Flying Leathernecks” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 flying F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and the “Ugly Angels” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362 (Reinforced) flying MV-22B Ospreys; the Battalion Landing team of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines; and Combat Logistics Battalion 13 making up the logistics combat element.

In the Red Sea

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) took part in an interagency, international fire drill at Sembawang Wharves, Nov. 2, 2022. US Navy Photo

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) remains in the Red Sea. Last week, USNI News reported that the Navy transported 300 evacuees on May 1 from the Port of Sudan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as part of State Department-led evacuation of Sudan.

USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3), which had been mentioned as a possible evacuation option is in the Persian Gulf.

In the Western Atlantic

Capt. Errol Robinson, commanding officer, USS Normandy, third from left, and crew members assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) watch from the bridge wing as the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) conducts a training emergency breakaway from the Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) following a replenishment-at-sea, May 3, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) left Naval Station Norfolk Tuesday afternoon on the first global deployment for first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

Carrier Strike Group 12 

USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) anchor chain drops into the sea from the fo’c’sle during a sea and anchor evolution, May 5, 2023. US Navy Photo

Carrier

  • USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), homeported at Norfolk, Virginia

Carrier Air Wing 8

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Jacob Van, from Miamisburg, Ohio, assigned to the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) air department, performs duties as landing arresting gear safety during flight operations aboard the ship, May 4, 2023. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW 8), stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., will embark aboard Ford for the deployment and includes a total of nine squadrons.

  • The “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana
  • The “Blacklions” of VFA 213 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana
  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA 87 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana
  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA 31 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana
  • The “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 – EA-18G – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  • The “Bear Aces” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 124 – E-2D – from Naval Air Station Norfolk
  • The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 – C-2A – from Naval Air Station Norfolk
  • The “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 – MH-60R – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • The “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 – MH-60S – from Naval Air Station Norfolk

Cruiser

Fire Controlman 1st Class Thomas Melancon, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), stands as safety on the forecastle as the ship conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195), May 3, 2023. US Navy Photo

  • USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Norfolk, Va.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-Class guided missile destroyer, USS Ramage (DDG-61), prepare to depart Naval Station Norfolk for deployment, May, 2, 2023. US Navy Photo

  • USS Ramage (DDG-61), homeported at Norfolk, Va.
  • USS McFaul (DDG-74), homeported at Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), homeported at Mayport, Fla.

USS Wasp (LHD-1) is underway in the Virginia Capes.

In the Eastern Pacific

An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the ‘Rough Raiders’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), May 5, 2023.n US Navy Photo

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

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.