USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Wraps 15-Month Repair Period, Five U.S. Aircraft Carriers Underway

The second oldest carrier in the Navy wrapped sea trials after completing more than a year of repairs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, USNI News has learned. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) left the shipyard for the Atlantic on Dec. 1 for four days of sea trials after 15 months in the yard. “Sea trials is […]

Sailors aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) depart Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Dec. 1, 2022. US Navy Photo

The second oldest carrier in the Navy wrapped sea trials after completing more than a year of repairs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, USNI News has learned.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) left the shipyard for the Atlantic on Dec. 1 for four days of sea trials after 15 months in the yard.

“Sea trials is an at-sea testing phase designed to evaluate IKE’s capabilities in surface and flight deck operations, seamanship, and damage control readiness. It’s kinda like taking your car out for a spin after it’s been in the shop,” reads a tweet from the ship’s official account.
IKE executed many evolutions including testing AFFF sprinklers, running counter-measure wash-down system, conducting high-speed turns, running aircraft elevators, testing radars and launching small boats.”

The 45-year-old carrier completed back-to-back deployments on July 18, 2021. The first deployment kept the carrier at sea for seven months without a port call during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier then pulled into Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 25, 2021, according to a release from the Navy.

“The Mighty IKE crew has been preparing for sea trials since we entered the PIA at NNSY,” said Capt. Paul F. Campagna in a statement posted on Twitter. “They have shown extreme professionalism and ownership of their ship, and they are ready to take IKE out to do what we do best — launch and recover aircraft.”

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on July, 7, 2021. US Navy Photo

According to a separate statement on Twitter, “IKE executed many evolutions including testing AFFF sprinklers, running counter-measure wash-down system, conducting high-speed turns, running aircraft elevators, testing radars and launching small boats.”

The last maintenance period for the carrier before the double-pump deployment tripled in length from six months to a year and a half.

Over the weekend, including Ike’s sea trials, six U.S. carriers were underway.

As of Monday, five U.S. aircraft carriers were underway across the world following the deployment of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group from California on Saturday, according to Monday’s edition of the USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker.

Along with USS Nimitz (CVN-68), which left California on Dec. 3, aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-77) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) are deployed and underway in the Philippine Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, respectively.

In addition to the strike groups deployed for national tasking, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) departed its berth in Naval Air Station North Island for a sustainment exercise on Saturday, while USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) left for its own sustainment exercise on Nov. 29.

“Since returning from deployment in August, the ships and squadrons of CSG-3 have trained continuously to ensure that they are ready to answer the call if needed. SUSTEX takes that training to the next level, emphasizing the integration and teamwork that gives us a competitive advantage in all warfighting domains against any potential adversary,” said Carrier Strike Group 3 commander Rear Adm. Kevin Lenox in a Monday statement.

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Departs San Diego for Pacific Deployment

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group left San Diego, Calif., on Saturday for a Western Pacific deployment, USNI News has learned. USS Nimitz (CVN-68) left its pier at Naval Station North Island at around 8 a.m. Saturday local time, according to ship spotters and headed out into the Pacific. In a Saturday statement to USNI News, […]

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) passing amphibious warship USS Portland (LPD-27) while departing San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 3, 2022. Photo via San Diego Web Cam used with permission

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group left San Diego, Calif., on Saturday for a Western Pacific deployment, USNI News has learned.

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) left its pier at Naval Station North Island at around 8 a.m. Saturday local time, according to ship spotters and headed out into the Pacific.

In a Saturday statement to USNI News, U.S. 3rd Fleet acknowledged Nimitz left San Diego but did not provide additional details.

“USS Nimitz (CVN-68) departed San Diego, Calif. to conduct operations in U.S. 3rd Fleet,” reads the statement.
Nimitz is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 and is ready to answer the nation’s call and deliver combat-ready naval forces to deter, and if necessary, win conflicts through sustained and forward naval presence.”

The carrier left its Bremerton, Wash., homeport on Nov. 28 and sailed to San Diego to pick up the carrier strike group leadership before leaving California, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. The carrier left Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., with 2,500 sailors aboard, according to the Kitsap Sun.

“The sailors assigned to Carrier Strike Group 11 are manned, trained and certified to deliver combat-ready naval forces to deter, and if necessary, win conflicts through sustained and forward naval presence,” Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney, commander of CSG 11, said in a statement to the paper last week.

Nimitz, the oldest aircraft carrier in the fleet, its escorts and Carrier Air Wing 17 completed their Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) in October ahead of the deployment. The carrier was sidelined for two weeks in late September after the crew discovered potable water tanks aboard Nimitz were contaminated with jet fuel.

The carrier is deploying with USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), the oldest cruiser in the fleet, the staff of Destroyer Squadron 9 and five guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG-73), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) and USS Shoup (DDG-86).

Nimitz‘s last deployment was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Pacific deployment was preceded with a quarantine period for the crew that began in April 1, 2020. The deployment ran from June 8, 2020 to March 4, 2021 – meaning the carrier crew was deployed eight months and 28 days, and away from home for 11 months and seven days.

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) prepares to depart Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for a scheduled deployment on Nov. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

The following is the compostiion of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group:

Carrier Strike Group 11

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

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 – 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

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

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.
  • USS Shoup (DDG-86) homeported at Naval Station San Diego.

Tests Found E. Coli in Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln’s Potable Water System

Tests found that aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) had E. coli bacteria in its potable water system last month, the Navy announced today. After sailors noted an “odor and cloudy appearance” on Sept. 21 while the carrier was operating at sea, tests the next day found E. coli in the three of the ship’s […]

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the lead ship of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, returned to Naval Air Station North Island on Aug. 11, 2022, after a deployment to U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets. U.S. Navy Photo

Tests found that aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) had E. coli bacteria in its potable water system last month, the Navy announced today.
After sailors noted an “odor and cloudy appearance” on Sept. 21 while the carrier was operating at sea, tests the next day found E. coli in the three of the ship’s tanks for the potable water supply, according to a service statement.

“The odor and cloudiness in the water abated by Sept. 22. However, since the presence of E. coli was not related to the reports of odor and cloudiness in the water, on Sept. 24, additional water samples were sent to Orange Coast Analytical, Inc., a laboratory certified by the state of California’s Department of Health, for further testing. Results came back on Sept. 26 indicating that the water was within drinking water standards for pH, turbidity, aluminum, copper, lead, sodium, and hardness,” the statement reads.

The Navy said that subsequent tests show the water tanks no longer contain E. coli and that there have been no cases of sickness due to the contaminated water.

“The affected water tanks remain isolated and will be deep-cleaned and inspected during the ship’s ongoing maintenance period,” the statement reads. “There have been no confirmed cases of illness related to the ship’s water, but the Abraham Lincoln medical department continues to closely monitor their sailors for any potential symptoms.”

After discovering the E. coli, the ship pulled into Naval Air Station North Island on Oct. 3 and has been getting its water from San Diego’s supply.

The incident comes after USS Nimitz (CVN-68) spent nearly two weeks flushing jet fuel out of its potable water system last month. Nimitz also had to hook up to San Diego water. As of Oct. 2, the Navy said 11 Nimitz sailors “reported symptoms that could be attributed to JP-5 ingestion.”

Earlier this month, the Navy acknowledged that Abraham Lincoln had bacteria in its potable water, but did not specify the bacteria was E. coli.

“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) found traces of bacteria in the ship’s potable water while operating off the coast of southern California on September 21. The crew shifted water tanks to isolate the affected water,” U.S. 3rd Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Sean Robertsons told USNI News in an Oct. 3 statement. “All tanks providing water to the crew have been tested and are bacteria free. The crew has safe water to drink. There have been no confirmed cases of illness related to the ship’s water. The health and wellbeing of our sailors is a top priority.”

USS Nimitz Back Underway After Two Weeks of Flushing Jet Fuel Out of Fresh Water System

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is back at sea preparing for an upcoming deployment after being kept pierside due to jet fuel contamination in its potable water system, USNI News has learned. The carrier left the pier at Naval Station North Island, Calif., on Sunday to meet the other ships in its Carrier Strike Group […]

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) passes aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as it transits through the San Diego Harbor on Sept. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is back at sea preparing for an upcoming deployment after being kept pierside due to jet fuel contamination in its potable water system, USNI News has learned.

The carrier left the pier at Naval Station North Island, Calif., on Sunday to meet the other ships in its Carrier Strike Group for the Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).

Nimitz got underway after all tests came back in limits and the potable water was determined to be safe for the crew,” Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a spokesman for U.S. 3rd Fleet, said in a statement to USNI News.
“The ship had been pier side at Naval Air Station North Island since Sept. 17 flushing, cleaning, testing and evaluating its potable water system to ensure the highest quality water is provided to the crew after trace amounts of jet-propellant 5 (JP-5) were found in its potable water system Sept. 16 while underway off the coast of California.”

During its time at the pier, the carrier hooked up to San Diego water and flushed the system with about one million gallons of fresh water, according to Robertson.

“Orange Coast Analytical, Inc., a laboratory certified by the state of California’s Department of Health, has tested the water within the ship’s potable water system 70 times since Sept. 21,” Robertson said in the statement.
“Since the incident occurred, eleven Sailors reported symptoms that could be attributed to JP-5 ingestion to Nimitz’s medical department. These symptoms include headache, rash, and diarrhea. All eleven Sailors have received treatment and have been cleared for duty. Nimitz leadership continues to encourage Sailors who experience any symptoms to be evaluated by medical professionals on board the ship.”

The Navy said it had fixed the potable water issue several days after discovering the contamination while at sea, but the carrier remained stuck at the pier for nearly two more weeks.

In a Sept. 21 statement, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces said the Navy had no instances of confirmed sickness for sailors aboard the carrier.

But Robertson told USNI News on Friday that Nimitz‘s commanding officer on Sept. 16 urged sailors to report if they felt sick and those “symptoms presented themselves between Sept. 17 and [Sept.] 26.”

As of Friday, Robertson said 10 sailors reported symptoms that could be related to the jet propellant-5 contamination.

“None of the 10 are currently reporting any symptoms that might be associated with JP-5 ingestion,” he said on Friday.

Meanwhile, late last month the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) discovered small amounts of bacteria in its potable water.

“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) found traces of bacteria in the ship’s potable water while operating off the coast of southern California on Sept. 21. The crew shifted water tanks to isolate the affected water,” Robertson said in a separate statement. “All tanks providing water to the crew have been tested and are bacteria-free. The crew has safe water to drink. There have been no confirmed cases of illness related to the ship’s water. The health and wellbeing of our sailors is a top priority.”

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 3, 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. 3, 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. 3, 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
300*
(USS 242, USNS 58)
*as of Sept. 28, 2022 per NVR
102
(USS 66, USNS 36)
 76
(50 Deployed, 26 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
2 1 3 12 27 57 102

In the Western Pacific

An MH-60S Knight Hawk attached to the ‘Golden Falcons’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, hovers in front of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN -6), an unidentified U.S. Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65), Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH 976) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Asahi (DD 119), as they steam in formation in waters east of the Korean Peninsula, Sept. 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is operating in the Western Pacific – just to the east of northern Japan.

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52), left Busan, the Republic of Korea last week. Reagan made the first carrier port call to South Korea since 2017, according to U.S. 7th Fleet.

Last week, Reagan drilled in the East China Sea with Korean destroyers ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH-976), ROKS Gwanggaeto the Great (DDH-971), ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG-993) and frigate ROKS Gangwon (FFG-815).

Reagan, Chancellorsville, guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) and an unnamed U.S. submarine drilled with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Asahi (DD-119) and RoK Navy destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH-976), according to U.S. 7th Fleet.

Carrier Strike Group 5

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Asahi (DD-119), steam in formation in waters east of the Korean Peninsula on Sept. 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

Capt. Michael Sweeney, commanding officer of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and Capt. Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), approach for a landing on the flight deck in an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the ‘Diamondbacks’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, in the waters east of the Korean Peninsula on Oct. 1, 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 alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Sept. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

 

 

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

Destroyer Squadron 15

Republic of Korea Navy Sailors prepare to moor the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) during a port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea on Sept. 23, 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 the South China Sea

Marines prepare an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) for stowage on the flight deck aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) Oct. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) and embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) made a port call to Manila, Philippines, last week. Starting today, Tripoli and 31st MEU elements will participate in Exercise Kamandag through Oct 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.

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

Tripoli took part in the June Valiant Shield exercise but has transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked. Since it 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 the Ionian Sea

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 approaches the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Oct. 1, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) remains on station in the Ionian Sea. The CSG left Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 10 and took over duties in U.S. 6th Fleet Aug 28.

Last week, the CSG operated with the Spanish Navy. Ships and units included Carrier Strike Group 10, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), Carrier Air Wing 7, Destroyer Squadron 26, USS Truxtun (DDG-103), and Spanish Navy ships ESPS Juan Carlos I (LHD 61), ESPS Navarra(F 85), and ESPS Castilla (L52), according to the Navy.

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

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), sails alongside the supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) during a replenishment-at-sea on Sept. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Chief Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Andrew Howard watches as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), sails alongside the supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) during a replenishment-at-sea, Sept. 29, 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

Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) stand watch on the bridge wing as the ship arrives in Souda Bay, Greece for a port visit, Sept. 27, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Interior Communications Electrician Seaman Jennifer Mclaurin inspects the seatel antenna aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) while transiting the Bab Al Mandeb Strait, Oct. 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 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 Mid-Atlantic

Marine Corps Cpl. Dylan Hoover, ammo technician assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, earns the rank of corporal aboard San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD-24), Oct. 1, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have departed the Baltic Sea are in the Mid-Atlantic – headed home. The ARG includes USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS Arlington (LPD-24) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44).

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

The Kearsarge ARG is commanded by Amphibious Squadron Six. Other Navy units in the ARG include Fleet Surgical Team 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2 and Beach Master Unit 2.

In Norfolk, Va.

An MH-60S Knight Hawk, attached to the ‘Tridents’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, approaches the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) flight deck during an ammunition onload, Sept. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was scheduled to leave for what the Navy has called a “service retained deployment,” on Monday but was delayed by a weather front, U.S. 2nd Fleet told The Virginian Pilot on Sunday.

Commissioned in 2017, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will operate in the North Atlantic ahead of a deployment under the Global Force Management Plan scheduled for next year. Ford features 43 new technologies, including the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), the Dual-Band Radar, advanced weapons elevators and a new design of A1B reactors.

Carrier Strike Group 10

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) while in homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, on April 7, 2022. USNI News Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 8 (8 Squadrons)

An E2-D Hawkeye, attached to the ‘Greyhawks’ of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, performs start up procedures on the flight deck of the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) during flight operations on Sept. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Cameron pipes over the 1MC prior to an announcement aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) following the ship’s completion of Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) on Sept. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 2

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 the fleet logistics ship: USCGC Hamilton (WMSL-753), USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) and USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188).

In the Eastern Pacific

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) passes aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as it transits through the San Diego Harbor on Sept. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) left San Diego on Sunday to resume training in the Southern California Operating Areas. This past week, Strike Group Units have been conducting Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) events while Nimitz dealt with potable water contamination issues. With the carrier back underway, the CSG can now embark its Air Wing and conduct its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

Nimitz departed its homeport in Bremerton on Sep 13 to sail to San Diego; the crew discovered aviation fuel in the ship’s system on Sep 16, USNI News previously reported.

Carrier Strike Group 11

Quartermaster 2nd Class Robert Staab, from Manitowoc, Wis., points out a navigational aid as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 2, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

An E-2C Hawkeye, from the ‘Sun Kings’ of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 2, 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 – 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 “BattleCats” of HSM-73 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island.

Cruiser

USS John Finn (DDG-113), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) and Ticonderoga-Class guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) sail in formation on Sept. 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

 

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

Boatswains Mate Seaman Dexter Drapiza , from Norwalk Calif., left, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Khaliq Marable, from Dayton Ohio, Center and Boatswain Mate 3rd Class Tony Williams, from Jacksonville Fl., keep the USS John Finn (DDG-113) on course on Sept. 30, 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.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is training 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.

Carrier USS Nimitz Still Sidelined Over Fresh Water Contamination

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is stuck pierside at Naval Air Station North Island due to ongoing problems with the ship’s drinking water system, two officials familiar with the matter told USNI News on Tuesday. The Navy delayed Nimitz‘s plans to leave the pier and the ship is using San Diego’s water while it works out the […]

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) departing San Diego, Calif., on Feb. 15, 2022. USNI News Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is stuck pierside at Naval Air Station North Island due to ongoing problems with the ship’s drinking water system, two officials familiar with the matter told USNI News on Tuesday.
The Navy delayed Nimitz‘s plans to leave the pier and the ship is using San Diego’s water while it works out the issues with the potable water system, a Navy spokesman told USNI News.

Nimitz‘s scheduled underway date from NAS North Island was postponed in order to conduct further testing and evaluation of its potable water system. The ship has been connected to the city of San Diego’s water supply since Sept. 17 and continues to provide fresh water to the crew. The health and wellbeing of our Sailors is a top priority, and the internal potable water system remains offline until we can be certain it can produce the highest quality water to the crew,” Ens. Bryan Blair said in a statement.
“Laboratory tests were conducted on wastewater samples taken on Sept. 19 upon Nimitz’s arrival at Naval Air Station North Island. Those tests did not detect measurable amounts of fuel hydrocarbons in the wastewater. Additional testing was conducted Sept. 21 on water samples from the ship’s potable water tanks which yielded detectable traces of hydrocarbons.”

The crew discovered aviation fuel in the water system on Sept. 16, USNI News previously reported.

The other ships with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group are at sea for the Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) ahead of an upcoming deployment, the two officials confirmed to USNI News. It’s unclear how long the issue will keep Nimitz at the pier or if it will affect its upcoming deployment.

The Navy claimed last week that it had resolved the issue and the water was safe to use after sailors did not have clean water aboard the carrier for three days. At the time, a service official told USNI News the contamination occurred because of a procedural “line up” issue rather than material damage to the ship.

In a statement last week, Naval Air Forces said the water was safe for sailors.

“The crew immediately took action to secure access to the ship’s potable water and provide bottled water to the crew. After conducting a thorough flush and inspection of its potable water system, fresh water has been restored to the ship. The water onboard the ship is safe for use and the health and wellbeing of all of our sailors is a top priority,” Cmdr. Zach Harrell, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces, told USNI News on Sept. 21.

While the Navy has not detailed the issue that led to the initial contamination of the potable water system, Nimitz uses a ballast tank system that can mix fresh water with jet propellant-5. The fresh water in the ballast tanks — which naturally separates from the fuel — can be used for potable water. However, if the procedure isn’t followed correctly, the drinking water can become contaminated.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 26, 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 Sept. 26, 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 Sept. 26, 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
300*
(USS 242, USNS 58)
*as of Sept. 21, 2022 per NVR
105
(USS 69, USNS 36)
 82
(60 Deployed, 22 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
5 1 3 11 29 58 107

In the East China Sea

Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Sailors wave ROK and U.S. flags during a port visit of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in Busan, Republic of Korea, Sept. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), along with USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Barry (DDG 52), departed Busan, the Republic of Korea Monday morning local time after the Reagan made the first carrier port call to the country in nearly four years.

Aircraft carrier


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

Carrier Air Wing 5

An MH-60S Knight Hawk, attached to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, flies over the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea on Sept. 22, 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

Capt. Edward Angelinas and a South Korean Harbor Pilot oversee Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) pulling into Busan, Republic of Korea Navy Port on Sept. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

 

 

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

Destroyer Squadron 15

Operations Specialist 3rd Class Stewart Sanchez-Zamora, from Lagrange, Georgia, Operations Specialist 1st Class Rasha Urtecho, from Roseburg, Oregon and Operations Specialist 3rd Class Savannah Valdez, from San Diego monitor surface contacts from the pilothouse aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) as the ship prepares to pull into Chinhae, Republic of Korea, Sept. 23, 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 Japan

USS America (LHA 6) sails toward the amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) during a formation steaming exercise while sailing in the East China Sea, on Sept. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) is in Sasebo, Japan.

In the South China Sea

Marine Cpl. Julian Larsen, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team 2/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires at a target during a night aerial live fire exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 24, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) and embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are underway in the South China Sea.

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

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

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 conduct a search and rescue swimmer training from USS Tripoli (LHA-7)on Sept. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

 

Tripoli took part in the June Valiant Shield exercise but has transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked. Since it 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 the Ionian Sea

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Enzo Gandolfo, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), gives a brief for a flight deck fire drill, Sep. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) remains on station in the Ionian Sea. The CSG left Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 10 and took over duties in U.S. 6th Fleet from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on Aug 28. U.S. 6th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee visited USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and the staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 while the strike group was underway in the Adriatic Sea on Sept. 22. Ishee took command of 6th Fleet on Sept. 15.

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. SNMG-2 ships are participating in NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner through Sept. 22. Participating assets include five submarines, 50 surface vessels and five aircraft from 12 nations.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Operation Specialist 1st Class Spencer Bryant Sailors during a visit to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Sept. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) participate in a flight deck fire drill on Sep. 21, 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

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Kayla Morris, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), signals to the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) during a replenishment-at-sea on Sept. 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Seaman Kevin Castillo, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103), maintains the king’s post, on Sept. 20, 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 English Channel

A Marine AV-8B Harrier sits on the flight deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) as the ship approaches the Great Belt Bridge in the Danish Straits Sept. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have departed the Baltic Sea and are in the English Channel. The ARG includes USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS Arlington (LPD-24) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44). Kearsarge and Gunston Hall completed port calls in Gdynia and Gdansk, respectively, last week.

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

Boatswain’s 2nd Class Nelson Jiminian, right, and Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Cynthia Fowlerorozco, both assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), stand watch as the ship transits the Danish Straits, Sept. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

 

The Kearsarge ARG is commanded by Amphibious Squadron Six. Other Navy units in the ARG include Fleet Surgical Team 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2 and Beach Master Unit 2.

In the Western Atlantic

The shadow of an MH-60S Knight Hawk attached to the ‘Tridents’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 casts shadow on the island of USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) during an ammunition onload on Sept. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas after leaving Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 16 ahead of an extended training cruise.

In the Eastern Pacific

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) sails in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, July 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

Procedural Issue Contaminated Fresh Water System With Jet Fuel on USS Nimitz

Sailors could’t use the potable water system aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) for three days after jet fuel contaminated the fresh water tanks last week, a Navy official told USNI News on Wednesday. After discovering JP5 in the water while the carrier was at sea on Sept. 16, the potable water became safe to […]

Sailors aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) assemble on the flight deck and form a human ‘100’ to commemorate the centennial of the aircraft carrier on March 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

Sailors could’t use the potable water system aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) for three days after jet fuel contaminated the fresh water tanks last week, a Navy official told USNI News on Wednesday.
After discovering JP5 in the water while the carrier was at sea on Sept. 16, the potable water became safe to use again on Sept. 19 after flushing the system, Cmdr. Zach Harrell, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces, told USNI News.

“On September 16, 2022, aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) identified traces of jet propellant-5 (JP-5), used to fuel carrier-based aircraft, in the ship’s potable water supply while operating off the coast of southern California,” he said.
“The crew immediately took action to secure access to the ship’s potable water and provide bottled water to the crew. After conducting a thorough flush and inspection of its potable water system, fresh water has been restored to the ship. The water onboard the ship is safe for use and the health and wellbeing of all of our sailors is a top priority.”

A Navy official told USNI News on Wednesday that the JP5 entered the potable water system due to a procedural “line up” issue, rather than a fuel leak or a tank failure, that accidentally pumped the fuel into the fresh water system.

Social media posts on Instagram and Reddit claimed that several sailors became sick from drinking the contaminated water and suffered rashes from showers. Harrell said the Navy had no instances of confirmed sickness for sailors aboard the carrier.

Nimitz is in the midst of its Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX), the workups that carriers do ahead of a deployment. The Bremerton, Wash.,-based carrier recently went through a maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 19, 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 Sept. 19, 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 Sept. 19, 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
299*
(USS 241, USNS 58)
*as of Sept. 14, 2022
106
(USS 70, USNS 36)
 71
(49 Deployed, 22 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 6 11 28 58 104

In the Philippine Sea

Sailors raise a barricade during a flight deck drill the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Pacific Ocean, on Sept. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is underway in the Philippine Sea after departing its homeport in Yokosuka, Japan, on Sept. 12. The Reagan Carrier Strike Group returned from a three-month patrol on Aug. 19 and was expected to begin its annual maintenance period.

Ronald Reagan is quickly back at sea thanks to the efforts of the ship’s sailors and the outstanding work from maintenance teams ashore,” the carrier’s skipper, Capt. Fred Goldhammer, said in a Sept. 12 statement. “Our completion of scheduled maintenance ensures we remain ready and agile to respond at a moment’s notice.”

Reagan is set to operate off South Korea and plans to make a port call in Busan this week following increasing tensions with North Korea.

“The carrier’s arrival comes after North Korea recently passed a new law designed to authorize the preemptive use of nuclear weapons in certain conditions, in a move that apparently shows its increasingly aggressive nuclear doctrine,” reported The Associated Press on Monday.

Aircraft carrier

A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, attached to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, conducts a fast rope training exercise in the hangar bay of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

An E-2D Hawkeye, attached to the ‘Tigertails’ of Airborne Early Warning System (VAW) 125, lands on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Royal Maces” of VFA-27 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
  • The “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Eagles” of VFA-115 from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Dambusters” of VFA-195 from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Shadowhawks” of VAQ-141 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Tiger Tails” of VAW-125 – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Providers” of VRC-30 – Detachment 5 – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from MCAS Iwakuni.
  • The “Golden Falcons” of HSC-12 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
  • The “Saberhawks” of HSM-77 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

Cruisers

Sailors stand watch in the central control station aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) during routine operations in the Philippine Sea on Sept. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 15

Sailors assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) stand in formation during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on the ship’s flight deck while operating in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 11, 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.

Marine 1st Lt. Charles Torres, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), stands for the audience during a talent show aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on Sept. 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) and embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are underway in the Philippine Sea, as is amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6).

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

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

Tripoli took part in the June Valiant Shield exercise, but has transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked. Since it began its deployment in May, Tripoli has also had a detachment of MH-60S Knighthawks embarked from the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23.

In the Ionian Sea

An E-2D Hawkeye, attached to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), Sep. 11, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) remains on station in the Ionian Sea. The CSG left Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 10 and took over duties in U.S. 6th Fleet from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on Aug 28.

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. SNMG-2 ships are participating in NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner through Sept. 22. Participating assets include five submarines, 50 surface vessels and five aircraft from 12 nations.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 1

Naval Air Crewman (helicopter) 2nd Class Jake Rambow flies in an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, during a replenishment-at-sea for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Sep. 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

Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Leila Jimenez, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), stands watch in sonar control during an underwater warfare exercise, Sept. 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Ens. Timothy Lincoln, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG-99), uses a range finder as Farragut pulls alongside the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) for a replenishment-at-sea, Sep. 13, 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 Poland

Marine Corps vehicles assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) line up for an agricultural washdown outside the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD-24) during a scheduled port visit to Klaipeda, Lithuania, Sept. 15, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have been operating in the Baltic Sea. The ARG includes USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS Arlington (LPD-24) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44). Kearsarge and Gunston Hall arrived in Gdynia and Gdansk, respectively, on Sept. 14.

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

The Kearsarge ARG is commanded by Amphibious Squadron Six. Other Navy units in the ARG include Fleet Surgical Team 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2 and Beach Master Unit 2.

In the Western Atlantic

Distinguished visitors observe flight operations aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), Sept. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas. USS Bataan (LHD-5) was underway off the East Coast and returned to port on Sept. 15.

In the Eastern Pacific

Marine F-35B Lighting II pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, land aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Sept. 4, 2022. US Marine Corps

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway in the Southern California Operating Areas. USS Makin Island (LHD-8), flagship of Amphibious Squadron Seven, along with the 13th MEU, is currently underway conducting integrated training to prepare for an upcoming deployment. The Makin Island ARG is comprised of amphibious assault ship Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26).

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: Sept. 12, 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 Sept. 12, 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 Sept. 12, 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
299
(USS 241, USNS 58)
107
(USS 71, USNS 36)
 66
(44 Deployed, 22 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 6 11 29 59 106

In Sasebo, Japan

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) is in port.

In the Philippine Sea

Sailors stand in formation for morning colors on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), while in port on board Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka on Sept. 11, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is underway in the Philippine Sea after departing its homeport in Yokosuka, Japan, on Sept. 12, 2022. The Reagan Carrier Strike Group returned from a three-month patrol on Aug. 19, and was expected to begin its annual maintenance period.

Ronald Reagan is quickly back at sea thanks to the efforts of the ship’s sailors and the outstanding work from maintenance teams ashore,” the carrier’s skipper, Capt. Fred Goldhammer, said in a Sept. 12 statement provided to Stars and Stripes. “Our completion of scheduled maintenance ensures we remain ready and agile to respond at a moment’s notice.”

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

A U.S. Navy Northrop Grumman E-2 Advanced Hawkeye attached to Carrier Air Wing 5 returns to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, August 17, 2022. US Marine Corps 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

Lt. Carlos Urquilla from Mooresville, North Carolina, stands watch in the combat information center aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) in the Philippine Sea on Aug. 31, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 15

Gunner’s Mate 1st Class George Thomas (left), from Rochester, New York, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Dylan Shubin, from Norco, California, adjust the sights on a .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise aboard USS Barry (DDG-52) while operating in the Philippine Sea on Sept. 4, 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, Japan.
  • USS Barry (DDG-52), homeported in Yokosuka.

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) launches from amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on Sept. 6, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) and embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are underway in the Philippine Sea.

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

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

Tripoli took part in the June Valiant Shield exercise, but has transitioned to an amphibious ready force with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) embarked. Since it began its deployment in May, Tripoli has also had a detachment of MH-60S Knighthawks embarked from the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23.

In the Ionian Sea

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), back, sails alongside the Orizzonte-class destroyer ITS Caio Duilio (D 554) during combined operations in the Adriatic Sea, Sep. 8, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) remains on station in the Ionian Sea. The CSG left Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 10 and took over duties in U.S. 6th Fleet from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on Aug 28.

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

Sailors prepare for fire watch on the flight deck of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), Sep. 9, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 1

Capt. Michael Hoskins, chief of staff, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), prepares for a flight on an F/A-18F Super hornet aircraft, attached to the ‘Jolly Rogers’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), Sept. 9, 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

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Ezequiel Cervantes, left, and Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Rayshaun Black, both assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), demonstrate how to use a life preserver during abandon ship training, Sept. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 26

Ens. John McCoy, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), stands watch as the ship transits the Bab al-Mandeb with the vehicle cargo ship USNS Seay (T-AKR-302), Sept. 9, 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, Va.
  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
  • USS Nitze (DDG-94), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

In the Baltic Sea

U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft fly over the Portuguese Navy Vasco da Gama-class NRP Core-Real (F332), right, and U.S. Navy Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) on Sept. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are operating in the Baltic Sea. The ARG includes USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS Arlington (LPD-24) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44). Kearsarge and Arlington recently made port calls in Riga, Latvia and Visby, Sweden, respectively.

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

The Kearsarge ARG is commanded by Amphibious Squadron Six. Other Navy units in the ARG include Fleet Surgical Team 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2 and Beach Master Unit 2.

In Norfolk, Va.

Sailor assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67), embraces his family after returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 9, 2022. US Navy Photo

Most of the ships and squadrons of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group are back home after an extended deployment in Europe. The carrier itself will enter port in Norfolk this morning.

Carrier Air Wing 1 squadrons landed at their home fields on Sep 5. USS San Jacinto (CG-56) arrived in Norfolk Sep 8. USS Cole (DDG-67) and USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) arrived in Norfolk on Friday.

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) and USS Gravely (DDG-107) have already returned home to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., and Naval Station Norfolk, respectively. Jason Dunham arrived on June 26, while Gravely came home on June 24.

The Harry S. Truman CSG was in the Mediterranean for a nine-month deployment as part of U.S. support to NATO allies and as a hedge against Russian aggression since Moscow invaded Ukraine. While supporting U.S. European Command, Air Carrier Wing 1 flew more than 10,200 sorties, according to a Navy news release. During a March 2022 visit to Truman, while it was in the Mediterranean, USNI News learned that the air wing performed 60 to 90 sorties a day at that time.

USS Ross (DDG-71) returned to Norfolk Sept. 11 after serving nearly ten years in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces – Europe (FDNF-E). USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117) replaced Ross in the FDNF-E in Rota, Spain.

Carrier Strike Group 8

The homeward bound pennant flies onboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Sept. 9, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 1

‘Red Rippers’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 returned home to Naval Air Station Ocean, September 5. VFA-11, part of Carrier Air Wing 1, embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 5, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., was embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments. The air wing returned on Sept.5. :

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

Cruiser

USS San Jacinto (CG-56) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations, Sept. 8. US Navy Photo

USS San Jacinto (CG-56), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk. Returned on Sept. 8.

Destroyer Squadron 28

Rear Adm. Brian Davies, deputy commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, speaks to the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67). US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 28 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier. The following ships deployed with the strike group.

  • USS Cole (DDG-67), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk. Returned on Sept. 9.
  • USS Bainbridge (DDG- 96), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk. Returned on Sept. 9.
  • USS Gravely (DDG-107), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk. Returned on June, 8.
  • USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Returned on June, 26.
  • USS Gonzalez (DDG-66), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

In the Western Atlantic

Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Stephanie Florence, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) Air Department, parades the colors during a burial-at-sea ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, Aug. 27, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Bataan (LHD-5) is underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas.

In the Eastern Pacific

A landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, prepares to enter the well deck of amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23), Sept. 6, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway in the Southern California Operating Areas. USS Makin Island (LHD-8), flagship of Amphibious Squadron Seven, along with the 13th MEU, is currently underway conducting integrated training to prepare for an upcoming deployment.

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.