USS George H.W. Bush Operates with French, Italian Carriers in the Ionian Sea

U.S., French and Italian aircraft carriers operated together near Italy, the Navy announced on Wednesday. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) joined with Italian carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) and the French carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) for unspecified exercises in the Ionian Sea a week after the Pentagon announced five allied carriers would operate in […]

From top clockwise ITS Cavour (CVH 550), FS Charles de Gaulle (R91), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)

U.S., French and Italian aircraft carriers operated together near Italy, the Navy announced on Wednesday.

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) joined with Italian carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) and the French carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) for unspecified exercises in the Ionian Sea a week after the Pentagon announced five allied carriers would operate in Europe.

“We are stronger when we work together, and operations like these highlight not only our interoperability, but our interchangeability with our partner and allies,” Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 said in a statement.

Bush, its escorts and the embarked Carrier Air Wing 7 have been operating in the Mediterranean Sea since August. Prior to Bush’s arrival to the region, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), its escorts and CVW-1 had been in the Mediterranean Sea since December ahead of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February.

Both carriers have exercised with Charles de Gaulle and Cavour going in and out of NATO command while flying presence missions along NATO’s eastern front and have been operating mainly around Italy.

Charles de Gaulle left its homeport of Toulon last week for Mission Antares which will see the carrier and its airwing deploy to the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean with about 3,000 sailors, according to the French Navy.

“The CSG demonstrates France’s ability to intervene by controlling any escalation The sea and air operations of the carrier strike group are coordinated with the allies,” reads a statement from the French MoD.

Its escorts include ships from France, the U.S. and Greece but the French Navy did not specify the specific ships.

Ship spotters identified U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80), Hellenic Navy Elli-class frigate Adrias (F459), Italian Navy FREMM frigate Virginio Fasan (F591) and French Navy FREMM DA frigate Alsace (D656) departing with the carrier, according to Naval News.

Not included in the exercise, the U.K. carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) is operating in the Atlantic taking over for missions that were earmarked for the now side-lined HMS Prince of Wales (R09).

Pentagon leaders highlighted the several NATO carriers underway last week.

“These operations present an opportunity for allied nations to coordinate critical combat power throughout the Euro-Atlantic area while showcasing NATO cohesion and interoperability,” Sabrina Singh, deputy Pentagon press secretary, told reporters Thursday.

The five NATO carriers in Europe will be soon down to four. Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) which has operated in the Atlantic since leaving Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 4, is set to return to the U.S. on Saturday, U.S. 2nd Fleet announced.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 21, 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 Nov. 21, 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. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 21, 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.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
292
(USS 236, USNS 56)
106
(USS 70, USNS 36)
 62
(46 Deployed, 16 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
4 5 2 13 27 55 106

In the Philippine Sea

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 units conduct tri-lateral operations with JS Setogiri (DD-156) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and HMAS Stalwart (A304) of the Royal Australian Navy on Nov. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Philippine Sea. Last week, the strike group completed its participation in Exercise Malabar 2022, which wrapped up on Nov. 15.

Malabar started in 1992 with the United States and India, but now Japan and Australia also participate. This year’s Malabar exercise included aircraft and personnel from Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. in the Philippine Sea, off the coast of Japan, according to the NavyJapan was the exercise lead for 2022.

U.S. Malabar participants were USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), CSG 5, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69).

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force assets were JS Hyuga (DDH-181), JS Shiranui(DD-120),JS Takanami (DD-115), JS Oumi (AOE 426) and a P-1 aircraft.

The Indian Navy sent a Shivalik-class FFG, a Kamorta-Class Corvette, a P-8I aircraft. Marine Commandos (MARCOS) personnel also participated for India.

Australia sent Submarine HMAS Farncomb (SSG-74), frigate HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) and replenishment oiler HMAS Stalwart (A304). In addition, the Royal Australian Air Force P-8A maritime patrol aircraft participated in support of the Royal Australian Navy.

Carrier Strike Group 5

Ships from the U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy steam in formation during Keen Sword 23, in the Philippine Sea on Nov. 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Evan Williams, from Columbia, South Carolina, attaches a C-2A Greyhound, attached to the Fleet Logistics Squadron (VRC) 30 Det. 5, to a catapult shuttle on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea on Nov. 18, 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

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), steams in formation with Royal Australian Navy supply ship, HMAS Stalwart (A304), in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Destroyer Squadron 15

Seaman Juan Camacho, from Fantino, Dominican Republic, conducts duties as the helmsman aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) while operating in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

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 Milius (DDG-69), homeported in Yokosuka.

In Sasebo, Japan

Capt. David Adams, Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS); Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Capt. Masayuki Kishimoto, JMSDF Sasebo Repair and Supply Facility commander; Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Col. Tetsuo Fukuzoe, JGSDF 16th Infantry Regiment commander; salute during the closing ceremony of Exercise Keen Sword 2023 at CFAS on Nov. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) remains in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan

In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

USS Makin Island (LHD-8) pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Nov. 20, 2022. Photo by Ed. Schaefer used with permission

Amphibious assault ship 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 region. The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23).

Makin Island and Anchorage pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam over the weekend.

John P. Murtha returned to port in San Diego to correct a casualty in the ship’s lube oil system. Repairs took two days and the ship departed again on Nov.17, reported USNI News.

The ARG/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 logistics combat element made up of Combat Logistics Battalion 13; and the ground combat element with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines.

In the Middle Pacific

Capt. John Kiefaber, commanding officer of amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7), speaks to the crew during an all-hands call in the hangar bay Nov. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is in the Mid-Pacific – transiting home to San Diego, Calif. Tripoli departed Naval Station San Diego for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on May 2.

In the Adriatic Sea

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), guide an F/A 18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, onto the catapult during flight operations on Nov. 13, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) remains on station in the Adriatic Sea. Early last week, Rear Adm. John Meier, Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic, visited the strike group. The CSG is participating in NATO maneuvers in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea throughout November, bringing together five aircraft carriers.

As reported by USNI News last week, U.S. aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will exercise with aircraft carriers from France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of a joint operation across Europe meant to show NATO interoperability, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The two American carrier strike groups, their embarked air wings and escorts will be operating in the North Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Mediterranean Sea along with the U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Italian carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) and the French FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91).

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) is operating in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, who assumed command of the group on July 1, is embarked aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) as SNMG 2’s flagship.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Shuheim Bradley, from Niagara Falls, N.Y., assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), monitors cameras on the flight deck, Nov. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

A MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, delivers cargo to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), during a replenishment-at-sea with the supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), Nov. 12, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Bush and includes:

  • 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

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Dennison, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), participates in an air defense exercise with Italian navy frigate ITS Carabiniere (F 593), Nov. 15, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, George H.W. Bush CSG, salutes side boys as he arrives aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99) on Nov. 15, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Truxtun (DDG-103), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

In the Eastern Atlantic

A view from USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) of the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) as it prepares to leave Portsmouth, England, Nov. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway after a port call in Portsmouth, U.K. The CSG is participating in NATO exercises. According to NATO, “NATO navies are holding maneuvers in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea throughout November, bringing together five aircraft carriers, numerous warships and thousands of sailors. Carrier activities will include anti-submarine and air warfare drills, deck-to-deck aircraft transfers and at-sea resupplying.”

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 4, 2022, and will operate throughout the Atlantic, exercise with allies and partners and operationally employ the carrier air wing for the first time.

Ford features 23 new technologies, including the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), the Dual-Band Radar, Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWE) and the new A1B nuclear reactor design.

Carrier Strike Group 12

Sailors hoist a flag staff aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, as the ship ports in Portsmouth, England on Nov. 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 8

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) transits to Portsmouth, England, for the ship’s second international port visit, Nov. 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Ford and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Es from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Black Lions” of VFA-213 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 – 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 “Tridents” of HSC-9 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Spartans” of HSM-70 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

USS Normandy (CG-60) moors in its namesake region of France while underway as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Nov. 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Lt. Sephora Fortune stands on the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, as the ship departs from Portsmouth, England, Nov. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Ramage (DDG-61), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS McFaul (DDG-74), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) homeported in North Charleston, SC.

The CSG also includes fleet logistics ships USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) and USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188).

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.

5 Aircraft Carriers Set to Operate Together in Europe for NATO Exercise

U.S. aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will exercise with aircraft carriers from France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of a joint operation across Europe meant to show NATO interoperability, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The two American carrier strike groups, their embarked air wings and escorts […]

From top left clockwise USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), FS Charles de Gaulle (R91), HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), ITS Cavour (CVH 550), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)

U.S. aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will exercise with aircraft carriers from France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of a joint operation across Europe meant to show NATO interoperability, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

The two American carrier strike groups, their embarked air wings and escorts will be operating in the North Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Mediterranean Sea along with the U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Italian carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) and the French FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), Sabrina Singh, deputy Pentagon press secretary, told reporters Thursday.

“These operations present an opportunity for allied nations to coordinate critical combat power throughout the Euro-Atlantic area while showcasing NATO cohesion and interoperability,” Singh said. “It is also an opportunity to test allied cooperation and to practice NATO’s deter and defend concepts across all geographic areas, operational domains and functional areas of the alliance.”

Singh referred questions about the joint operations to U.S. European Command.

The George H.W. Bush CSG has been operating in the Mediterranean since August when it replaced the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. Bush and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) operated together briefly before Truman returned home to Norfolk, Va., the first time two U.S. aircraft carriers were in the Mediterranean together in several years. During its deployment, Truman exercised with Charles de Gaulle and Cavour.

As of Thursday afternoon, Ford was off Portsmouth, England, according to local ship spotters.

Charles de Gaulle departed France on Nov. 15 as part of the Mission Antares, according to a French news release. The mission includes 3,000 service members from France and partners.

As part of the Antares, the French carrier will operate with ships from the Hellenic, Italian and American navies, according to the release.

Queen Elizabeth has largely taken over the operations for HMS Prince of Wales (R09), which is undergoing a repair to its propulsion system, USNI News previously reported. Queen Elizabeth stepped in for some of Prince of Wales’ port visits, including to New York, before it shipped out for a planned deployment in the Atlantic.

USS Gerald R. Ford Makes Trans-Atlantic Port Visit to Portsmouth, U.K.

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is at anchor off of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, the U.S. Navy announced today. Sailors from Ford and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), one of the carrier’s escorts, got to Portsmouth on Monday, according to the Navy news release. “During the visit, sailors will have a chance to experience the rich […]

The first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits to Portsmouth, England, for the ship’s second international port visit, Nov. 14, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is at anchor off of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, the U.S. Navy announced today.
Sailors from Ford and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), one of the carrier’s escorts, got to Portsmouth on Monday, according to the Navy news release.

“During the visit, sailors will have a chance to experience the rich culture of Portsmouth through morale welfare and recreation tours to popular cultural and historical landmarks around the city. This port visit marks the first stop for the ships while deployed in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations,” the release reads.

Over the weekend, Portsmouth, U.K.’s The News reported that because of the carrier’s size, it would park in Stokes Bay, off the coast of the town of Gosport, as opposed to pulling up to the pier in Portsmouth.

“The crew of USS Gerald R. Ford is honored and excited to visit Portsmouth, heart of the Royal Navy, during Ford’s first deployment,” Ford commanding officer Capt. Paul Lanzilotta said in the news release. “The United Kingdom is a cherished ally. We are here to work together, strengthen our partnership, and give our Sailors the opportunity to explore this beautiful city.”

Sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, as the ship ports in Portsmouth, England on Nov. 14, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

Portsmouth is home to HMNB Portsmouth, one of the U.K. Royal Navy’s primary bases and home to its carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) and HMS Prince of Wales (R09).

Last week, the Ford Carrier Strike Group participated in exercise Silver Wolverine in the eastern Atlantic with ships from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands.

Ford‘s stop in the United Kingdom comes after the carrier visited Halifax, Nova Scotia last month for its first foreign port call.

The carrier left Naval Staton Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 4 for a two-month operational stress test of the ship’s new systems and technologies ahead of a full-length deployment next year, USNI News previously reported.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 14, 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 Nov. 14, 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. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 14, 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.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
292
(USS 236, USNS 56)
105
(USS 69, USNS 36)
 63
(51 Deployed, 12 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
5 3 2 13 26 56 105

In the Philippine Sea

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Christopher Strasser, from Sussex, Wisconsin, verifies the weight of an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the ‘Royal Maces’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, in preparation for launch on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea on Nov. 13, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Philippine Sea. Last week, the strike group participated in the start of Exercise Malabar 2022. The exercise includes aircraft and personnel from Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. in the Philippine Sea, off the coast of Japan, according to the Navy. Japan is this year’s exercise lead.

Malabar started in 1992 with the United States and India, but now Japan and Australia also participate.

“This is the third time that all four nations have participated in Malabar to advance the collective planning, integration and employment of advanced warfare tactics between participating nations,” the Navy said in a news release.
“This year’s at-sea exercise includes a variety of high-end tactical training events, submarine integration, anti-submarine warfare training, air defense exercises, multinational replenishment-at-sea operations, communications drills, joint warfighting planning scenarios, gunnery exercise, and maritime interdiction operations.”

For the U.S. contingent, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), CSG 5, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) joined for the drills.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force assets that joined for Malabar are JS Hyuga (DDH-181), JS Shiranui (DD-120),JS Takanami (DD-115), JS Oumi (AOE 426) and a P-1 aircraft.

A Shivalik-class FFG, a Kamorta-Class Corvette, a P-8I aircraft, and Marine Commandos (MARCOS) personnel are taking part in Malabar for the Indian Navy.

Submarine HMAS Farncomb (SSG-74), frigate HMAS Arunta (FFH 151), replenishment oiler HMAS Stalwart (A304), in addition to a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, are participating on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy.

Carrier Strike Group 5

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), steams in formation with a submarine from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during Exercise Malabar 2022, in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 11, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the ‘Royal Maces’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, launches from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 12, 2022. U.S. 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 Chancellorsville (CG-62) steams in formation with Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Stalwart (A304), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessel JS Shiranui (DDG-120) and guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) during Exercise Malabar 2022, in the Philippine Sea on Nov. 11, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Destroyer Squadron 15

USS Milius (DDG-69), front, steams in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship, JS Takanami (DDG-110), Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) and Indian Navy ship INS Kamorta (P 28) during Exercise Malabar 2022, in the Philippine Sea on Nov. 11, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

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 Milius (DDG-69), homeported in Yokosuka.

In the Tasman Sea

USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is moored pier-side in Hobart, Tasmania for a port visit Nov. 11, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) made a port call to Hobart, Tasmania last week – arriving there Wednesday and departing on Sunday, according to local reports. The ship is expected to transit home and return to San Diego, Calif.

Tripoli departed Naval Station San Diego, Calif., for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on May 2. For the first half of its deployment, Tripoli had been operating under the “lightning carrier” or “assault carrier” concept, in which it had more than a dozen F-35Bs aboard during its Pacific deployment. Tripoli then transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked.

In Sasebo, Japan

Capt. David Adams, Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS), renders a salute during the opening ceremony of Exercise Keen Sword 2023 at CFAS on Nov. 9, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) remains in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan

In the Adriatic Sea

Lt. Sarah Huston, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), delivers remarks during a media availability aboard the ship, Nov. 7, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group remains on station in the Adriatic Sea.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) is operating in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, who assumed command of the group on July 1, is embarked aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) as SNMG 2’s flagship.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Aviation Ordnanceman 2rd Class Kolton Pang, from Hilo, Hawaii, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), moves supplies during a replenishment-at-sea with the supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) on Nov. 12, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

An F/A18F Super Hornet aircraft, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) Nov. 11, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Bush and includes:

  • 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

Operations Specialist Seaman Mark Payoen, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), stands watch on the bridge on Nov. 12, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Seaman Recruit Akwasi Boakye, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99), carries the forecastle jack-staff, Nov. 11, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Truxtun (DDG-103), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

In Portsmouth, U.K.

A Royal Canadian Air Force crew member prepares a Royal Canadian Navy Cyclone Helicopter, attached to the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Montreal (FFH-336), for landing on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) on Nov. 11, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

According to ship spotters, the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is at anchor in the Solent – the strait between England and the Isle of Wight – ahead of a port call in Portsmouth, U.K.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va,. on Oct. 4, 2022, and will operate throughout the Atlantic, exercise with allies and partners and operationally employ the carrier air wing for the first time.

Ford features 23 new technologies, including the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), the Dual-Band Radar, Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWE) and the new A1B nuclear reactor design.

Carrier Strike Group 12



Carrier

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 8

A sailor assigned to the ‘Ragin’ Bulls’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, conducts a post-flight inspection on an F/A-18E Super Hornet on first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) flight deck on Nov. 12, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Ford and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Es from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Black Lions” of VFA-213 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 – 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 “Tridents” of HSC-9 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Spartans” of HSM-70 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Tyler Melton participates in a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile exercise on the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) during the training exercise Silent Wolverine while underway as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Nov. 10, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 2

USS McFaul (DDG-74) sails in Ponta Delgalda, Azores as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, on Nov. 4, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Ramage (DDG-61), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS McFaul (DDG-74), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) homeported in North Charleston, SC.

The CSG also includes fleet logistics ships USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) and USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188).

In the Middle Pacific 

USS Makin Island (LHD-8) departs for deployment on Nov. 9, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, left Naval Base San Diego on Wednesday for a deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23). Makin Island and John P. Murtha left San Diego on Wednesday, while Anchorage left on Tuesday, Nov. 8, reported USNI News.

The ARG/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 logistics combat element made up of Combat Logistics Battalion 13; and the ground combat element with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines.

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.

Ford Carrier Strike Group Teams with Atlantic Allies in Silent Wolverine Exercise

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group joined six allies in the eastern Atlantic on Tuesday to begin exercise Silent Wolverine, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The Ford CSG joined ships from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands for the drills, which will test the countries’ interoperability and interchangeability with each other, a Navy spokesperson told USNI […]

The first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), left, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Lewis and Clarke-class dry cargo ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group on Nov. 2, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group joined six allies in the eastern Atlantic on Tuesday to begin exercise Silent Wolverine, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

The Ford CSG joined ships from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands for the drills, which will test the countries’ interoperability and interchangeability with each other, a Navy spokesperson told USNI News.

The strike group participants include USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), USS Normandy (CG-60), USS McFaul (DDG-74) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), the Navy spokesperson said.

It will be the first time that the U.S. will test Ford’s ability to work with the other countries joining the exercise, the spokesperson said.

Silent Wolverine will also help train for NATO deterrence, Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said Tuesday.

“Silent Wolverine demonstrates the U.S. commitment to supporting regional stability and security through seamless interchangeability amongst participating NATO allies,” he said.

The following ships will participate in the exercise, which is slated to last until Nov. 14:

Canada

  • HMCS Montréal (FFH-336)

Denmark

  • HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362)

Germany

  • FGS Hessen (F 221)

Spain

  • ESPS Álvaro de Bazán (F101)

France

  • FS Chevalier Paul (D 621)

The Netherlands

  • HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (F802)
  • HNLMS Van Amstel (F831)

Ford made a port call in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Nov. 1. It is expected to make a port call in Portsmouth, England, according to U.K. Defence Journal.

The strike group left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 4 for two months of operations in the Atlantic.

The U.S. has expanded its carrier presence in Europe since December when the Pentagon tasked the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to take up station in the Mediterranian Sea as Russia massed troops on its border with Ukraine ahead of the February invasion. The George H.W. Bush CSG, which was operating off the coast of Italy as of Monday, relieved the Truman CSG in August.

USS Normandy CO Relieved Over Misconduct Allegations

The commander of a guided-missile cruiser assigned to the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group has been relieved from his position due to allegations of misconduct, USNI News has learned. Capt. Simon McKeon was relieved as commander of USS Normandy (CG-60) because of Carrier Strike Group 12 commander Rear Adm. Greg Huffman’s “loss of confidence […]

USS Normandy (CG-60), pictured, steams alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) during a formation transit as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Oct. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

The commander of a guided-missile cruiser assigned to the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group has been relieved from his position due to allegations of misconduct, USNI News has learned.

Capt. Simon McKeon was relieved as commander of USS Normandy (CG-60) because of Carrier Strike Group 12 commander Rear Adm. Greg Huffman’s “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” U.S. 2nd Fleet announced on Tuesday.

Capt. Simon McKeon. US Navy Photo

“Capt. Gary Chase will be temporarily reassigned as the commanding officer until a permanent relief is identified. Normandy is currently deployed in the Atlantic Ocean and there are no impacts to mission or schedule due to this relief,” reads the statement from U.S. 2nd Fleet.

The release did not provide any additional details on the relief. A Navy official told USNI News on Tuesday that the relief was a result of personal misconduct, but did not provide any additional information. An investigation into the misconduct allegations is ongoing, the official told USNI News.

McKeon took command of Normandy in March and had previously commanded guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), based in Japan, according to his Navy biography.

Normandy has been underway with USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) since the carrier left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 4 for two months of operations in the Atlantic.

As of Tuesday afternoon, McKeon was no longer aboard the cruiser and will be reassigned to the staff of the commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, a Navy official told USNI News.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 7, 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 Nov. 7, 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. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 7, 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.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
292
(USS 236, USNS 56)
103
(USS 67, USNS 36)
 60
(43 Deployed, 17 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
5 2 2 13 26 55 103

In the Western Pacific

Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tours the hangar, led by Capt. Michael Sweeny, commander, Carrier Air Wing 5, aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), during the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Review 2022, in the Sagami Wan, Nov. 6, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Western Pacific. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) following the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force International Fleet Review in Yokosuka and Sagami Wan on Nov. 6.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday met with Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Sakai Ryo in Tokyo. Gilday – who attended the fleet review and the Western Pacific Naval Symposium – also met with Australian Chief of Navy Vice Adm. Mark Hammond in Japan. During a visit to South Korea on Nov. 3 and 4, Gilday met with the Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy Adm. Lee, Jong-Ho, and Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet Vice Adm. Kang, Dong Hoon. Gilday also met with the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, Adm. Cherngchai Chomchoengphaet, and Vietnam Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Tran Thanh Nghiem aboard the JMSDF helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183) in the Pacific Ocean.

Wang Dazhong, a vice admiral of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, attended the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Yokohama today – one day after Beijing skipped an international fleet review in waters off Japan. The two-day forum brought together the chiefs of 27 navies in the western Pacific. Russia, a member of the biennial gathering, was not invited to the event due to its invasion of Ukraine.

Carrier Strike Group 5

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Micah Dayoub, from Lancaster, California, watches as an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea, Nov 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

Sailors conduct final checks on an E-2D Hawkeye, attached to the ‘Tigertails’ of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, prior to launch from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 1, 2022. USNI News 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

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Tanner Hay, from Aiken, S.C., conducts watch standing procedures in the combat information center aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) during routine operations in the Philippine Sea on Nov. 02, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Destroyer Squadron 15

Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Higgins (DDG-76), man the phone and distance line while conducting a fueling-at-sea with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

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 Higgins (DDG-76), homeported in Yokosuka.

In Sydney, Australia

USS Tripoli (LHA-7) pulls into Sydney harbor on Nov. 4, 2022. Royal Australian Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is in port in Sydney after arriving on Nov. 4. When Tripoli departs Australia, it’s expected to return to San Diego, Calif.

Tripoli departed Naval Station San Diego, Calif., for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on May 2. For the first half of its deployment, Tripoli had been operating under the “lightning carrier” or “assault carrier” concept, in which it had more than a dozen F-35Bs aboard during its Pacific deployment. Tripoli then transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked.

In Sasebo, Japan

Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo color guard present the U.S. flag and the flag of Japan during the U.S. Consulate Fukuoka’s 246th Anniversary of the United States of America celebration at the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan Oct. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) remains in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan

In the Adriatic Sea

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Tanner Knott, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), stands look out watch as the ship, along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, arrives in Split, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit Nov. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group just completed a port visit in Spilt, Croatia and is back on station in the Adriatic Sea.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) is operating in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, who assumed command of the group on July 1, is embarked aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) as SNMG 2’s flagship.

Carrier Strike Group 10

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, arrives in Split, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit Nov. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Nomar Rodriguez, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Grace Shepard, both assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, perform maintenance on an E/A 18 G Growler as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, arrives in Split, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit Nov. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Bush and includes:

  • 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

Guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) arrives in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 31, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

USS Farragut (DDG 99) sails in formation with NATO partners and allies during an air defense exercise for the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22.2 (NEST 22.2), Oct. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Truxtun (DDG-103), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

In the Eastern Atlantic Ocean

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Lewis and Clarke-class dry cargo ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Nov. 2, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) completed a port visit in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Nov. 1. The CSG is now operating in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and is expected to make its next port call in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, according to U.K. Defence Journal.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Oct. 4, 2022, and will operate throughout the Atlantic, exercise with allies and partners and operationally employ the carrier air wing for the first time.

Ford features 23 new technologies, including the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), the Dual-Band Radar, Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWE) and the new A1B nuclear reactor design.

Carrier Strike Group 12

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) anchors outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 1, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 8

MH-60S Knight Hawk, attached to the ‘Tridents’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, transports cargo from the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) during a vertical replenishment at sea, Nov 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., will embark on Ford and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Es from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Black Lions” of VFA-213 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 – 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 “Tridents” of HSC-9 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Spartans” of HSM-70 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

Swedish Navy Chief Pontus Bredbacka examines an operational map while embarked aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), while Normandy is underway as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Nov. 5, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Swedish Navy Special Officer Filip Vagner, left, and Lt. Cmdr. Christoffer Löv Fohlin, both embarked aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61), look on during a replenishment-at-sea with the Lewis and Clarke-class dry cargo ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Nov. 2, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Ramage (DDG-61), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS McFaul (DDG-74), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) homeported in North Charleston, SC.

The CSG also includes fleet logistics ships USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) and USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188).

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.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 31, 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 Oct. 31, 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. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 31, 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.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
292
(USS 236, USNS 56)
98
 57
(42 Deployed, 15 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 3 2 13 25 55 98

In the Western Pacific

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Venton Jackson, from San Francisco, observes flight operations from vultures row aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Western Pacific off of the Philippines. The strike group made a port call to Manila from Oct. 15 to 18.

Last week, the Reagan CSG and USS New Orleans (LPD-18) operated in the Philippine Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Royal Canadian Navy for a joint exercise, USNI News reported on Friday.

The joint U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Task Force 76/3 started experimenting with concepts for joint operations in the Indo-Pacific region last week, U.S. 7th Fleet said.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) includes embarked with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76). New Orleans is part of the Amphibious Ready Group with USS Tripoli (LHA-7), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47). Littoral Combat Ship USS Oakland (LCS-24) is operating with the ARG.

Canadian frigates HMCS Vancouver (FFH331) and HMCS Winnipeg (FFH338) participated for the Royal Canadian Navy, while Japanese destroyer JS Kirisame (DD-104) also joined.

“Both Canadian frigates are deployed to the Indo-Pacific under Operation Projection, the Canadian Armed Forces presence operations in the region. Vancouver is part of Operation Neon, which is Canada’s contribution to enforce United Nations sanctions on North Korea. Kirisame is part of the JMSDF’s Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022,” reported USNI News.

Carrier Strike Group 5

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Marion Pineda, from Iloilo, Philippines, sings during a talent show hosted by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Sean Jones, from Grand Terrace, California, guides an arresting wire back into position after an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, lands on the flight deck aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 24, 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

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 3rd Class Caleb Hogan, from Fulton, New York, speaks into the internal voice communication system (IVCS) aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Yukon (T-AO-202) in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Destroyer Squadron 15

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Charles Marshall, from Landover, Maryland, participates in a simulated active shooter training scenario aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76) while conducting routine operations in the South China Sea, Oct. 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

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 Higgins (DDG-76), homeported in Yokosuka.

A Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) waits to debark from amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) Oct. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is underway off of Indonesia. Tripoli departed Naval Station San Diego, Calif., for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on May 2. For the first half of its deployment, Tripoli had been operating under the “lightning carrier” or “assault carrier” concept, in which it had more than a dozen F-35Bs aboard during its Pacific deployment. Tripoli then transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked.

In Sasebo, Japan

Chief Culinary Specialist Juan Villarreal, from Torrance, California, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier USS America (LHA-6), receives his anchors from his son, Aiden during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay in Sasebo, Japan Oct. 24, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) remains in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan

In the Adriatic Sea

Lt. Michael McFillin, reflected in the visor of Lt. Cmdr. Tony Chitwood, flies an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, during the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 2022.2, Oct. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group remains on station in the Adriatic Sea. The CSG was placed under NATO command on Oct. 14 as part of the Neptune Strike 2022 exercise series, USNI News reported. The exercise began at Strike Force NATO headquarters in Oeiras, Portugal, according to a U.S. 6th Fleet news release. Besides the U.S., Albania, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom participated.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) is operating in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, who assumed command of the group on July 1, is embarked aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) as SNMG 2’s flagship.

According to a Navy news release, ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group provided the defensive screen around the carrier for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in the Adriatic Sea on Oct. 25. SNMG2, along with its flagship, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), Spanish Navy Alvaro de Bazan-class guided-missile frigate ESPS Cristobal Colon (F 105), French Navy Aquitaine-class frigate FS Provence (D 652), Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik (F 492), Germany Navy Rhön-class tanker FGS Spessart (A 1442) and the United Kingdom’s Daring-class air-defense destroyer HMS Defender (D 36) took part in operations with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.

Carrier Strike Group 10

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) transits the Adriatic Sea, during the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 2022.2 (NEST 22.2) on Oct. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

A sailor performs a safety check on ordnance aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 2022.2 (NEST 22.2) on Oct. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Bush and includes:

  • 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) sails with the Albanian Coast Guard ship ALS Butrinti (P 134) during Neptune Strike 22.2 (NEST 22.2) on Oct. 27, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Damage Controlman Fireman Devon Stephenson, front, and Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Michael Wear, both assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99), fight a simulated fire during a damage control drill, Oct. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Truxtun (DDG-103), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

In Halifax, Canada

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) arrives in Halifax for a port visit, Oct. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Oct. 28 for its first international port visit, according to the Navy.

The leaders aboard the ship told The Globe and Mail newspaper that the visit to Halifax stressed the importance of alliances.

As part of the visit, “thousands of sailors, most of them from the carrier, filled city streets through the weekend in numbers unseen since before the pandemic,” reported the paper.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Oct. 4, 2022, and will operate throughout the Atlantic, exercise with allies and partners and operationally employ the carrier air wing for the first time.

Ford features 23 new technologies, including the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), the Dual-Band Radar, Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWE) and the new A1B nuclear reactor design.

Carrier Strike Group 12

Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, commanding officer of USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78), briefs Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer, commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, on Ford’s flight deck, Oct. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 8

A ceremonial color guard marches into the hangar bay of the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) during a reception as part of its first International port visit, Oct. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., will embark on Ford and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Es from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Black Lions” of VFA-213 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 – 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 “Tridents” of HSC-9 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Spartans” of HSM-70 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

USS Normandy (CG-60), pictured, steams alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) during a formation transit as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Oct. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Retail Specialist Seaman Omarion Harvey, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61), participates in a chemical, biological and radiological training evolution as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group on Oct. 26, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

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

The CSG also includes fleet logistics ships USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) and USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188).

In Bremerton, Washington

A sailor watches as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) for a fueling-at-sea on Oct. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz CSG completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Southern California Operating Areas, reported The Kitsap Sun. USS Nimitz (CVN-68) returned to its homeport of Bremerton, Wash., on Oct. 28. Other units returned to their respective home ports and airfields. The CSG is expected to deploy to the Western Pacific later this year or in early 2023. Nimitz was commissioned in 1975. Current plans have the ship decommissioning in 2025. There are ongoing discussions about whether to extend that date.

Carrier Strike Group 11

Two shooters launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet, from the ‘Fighting Redcocks’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Zachriah Jefferson, from Atlanta, removes bolts from an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, from the ‘Battlecats’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., will be embarked aboard Nimitz for COMPTUEX 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 – F/A-18E – 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

Quartermaster 3rd Class Allen Mendoza, from Harbor City, Calif., stands watch on the bridge of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Oct. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

Navy Legalman Seaman Audrey Carillo, from Downey, Calif., locates nearby ships with the big eye lens aboard the Alreigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) on Oct. 18, 2022. 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 John Finn (DDG-113) homeported at Naval Station San Diego.

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.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 24, 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 Oct. 24, 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. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 24, 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.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
292
(USS 236, USNS 56)
99
(USS 64, USNS 35)
 74
(44 Deployed, 30 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
3 2 2 12 24 56 99

In the Western Pacific

Newly-pinned chief petty officers stand at attention while in formation during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony in the hangar bay of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is underway in the Western Pacific off the Philippines. The strike group made a port call to Manila from Oct. 15 to 18.

Carrier Strike Group 5

Operations Specialist 3rd Class Isaac Shelton, from Bandera, Texas, operates a sound-powered telephone while standing watch on vulture’s row aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in Manila Bay, Philippines, Oct. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

Lt. Jonathan Guerrero, from San Antonio, leads a tour of the flight deck aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) while at anchor in Manila Bay, the Philippines on Oct. 16, 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

Nine newly Chief Petty Officers sing anchors away during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

Destroyer Squadron 15

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Michael Garcia, from Englewood, California, plans simulated engagements during an exercise in the combat information center (CIC) aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) on Oct. 13, 2022. US Navy Photo

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.
  • USS Barry (DDG-52), homeported in Yokosuka.

In Okinawa, Japan

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Dakota Hurth, from Rupert, Idaho, right, adjusts ribbons for Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Jesse Perez, from Bay City, Texas, dress blues aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) Oct. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is in Okinawa, Japan, where it is expected to disembark elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Tripoli and 31st MEU elements completed Exercise Kamandag from Oct. 6-14. Kamandag is an annual joint exercise with the Philippine Marine Corps and troops from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

Tripoli departed Naval Station San Diego, Calif., for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific on May 2.

An F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) taxis on the flight deck aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) Oct. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Prior to embarking the 31st MEUTripoli had been operating under the “lightning carrier,” or “assault carrier” concept, in which it had more than a dozen F-35Bs aboard during its Pacific deployment. The ship is now underway with Marine MV-22B Ospreys and CH-53E Super Stallions for the remainder of its Indo-Pacific deployment.

Tripoli has transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked. Since the ship began its deployment in May, Tripoli has also had a detachment of MH-60S Knight Hawks embarked from the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23.

In Sasebo, Japan

USS America (LHA-6) on Oct. 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) has returned to its homeport in Sasebo, Japan

In the Adriatic Sea

Chief Yeoman Kayla Maier renders a salute during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Oct. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group remains on station in the Adriatic Sea. The CSG was placed under NATO command on Oct. 14 as part of the Neptune Strike 2022 exercise series, USNI News reported. The exercise officially started on Oct. 14 at the Strike Force NATO headquarters in Oeiras, Portugal, according to a U.S. 6th Fleet news release. Besides the U.S., Albania, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom were scheduled to participate.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) is also operating in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott Sciretta, who assumed command of the formation on July 1, is embarked aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) as SNMG 2’s flagship.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Cole Davis, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), cons a rigid-hull inflatable boat while participating in small boat operations during the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22.2 (NEST 22.2), in the Adriatic Sea, Oct. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Sailor signals a F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the ‘Sidewinders’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), during the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22.2 (NEST 22.2) in the Adriatic Sea, Oct. 18, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked on Bush and includes:

  • 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

Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) apply chocks and chains to an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, Oct. 9, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Lt. Christopher Barmore conducts a fuel sample test aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) in the Gulf of Oman on Oct. 11, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Truxtun (DDG-103), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

In the Western Atlantic

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) steams in the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway off the East Coast. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Oct. 4, 2022, and will operate throughout the Atlantic, exercise with allies and partners, make a foreign port call and operationally employ the carrier air wing for the first time.

Ford features 23 new technologies, including the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), the Dual-Band Radar, Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWE) and the new A1B nuclear reactor design.

Carrier Strike Group 12

Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Casie Rohwer, from Oak Grove, Kentucky, assigned to the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) engineering department, welds replacement door parts in the machine shop, Oct. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 8

Sailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) air department transport an E/A-18G Growler, attached to the ‘Gray Wolves’ of Electronic Attacks Squadron (VAQ) 142 from the flight deck to the hanger-bay, Oct. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, based on Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., will embark on Ford and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Es from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Black Lions” of VFA-213 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • The “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 – 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 “Tridents” of HSC-9 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station Norfolk.
  • The “Spartans” of HSM-70 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Cruiser

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 3rd Class Javier Fonseca-Diaz, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), stands as lee helmsman during a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO-189) while Normandy is underway as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, Oct. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 2

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG-74) conducts a passenger transfer while underway as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group on Oct. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 26 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

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

The CSG also includes fleet logistics ships USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) and USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188).

In the Eastern Pacific

Yeomen 1st Class Jaemi-Leigh Cuenca, from Waianae, Hawaii, uses a telephone aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz CSG continues its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Southern California Operating Areas ahead of an expected deployment to the Western Pacific.

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet, from the ‘Fighting Redcocks’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, makes an arrested gear landing on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

Two shooters launch an E/A-18G Growler, from the ‘Cougars’ of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., will be embarked aboard Nimitz for COMPTUEX 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 – F/A-18E – 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

Sailors fight a simulated fire during a damage control drill on the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Oct. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

Navy Electrician’s Mate Seaman Camden Sinner, from Presque Isle, Wis., looks through an alidade aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) on Oct. 21, 2022. 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 John Finn (DDG-113) homeported at Naval Station San Diego.

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.