USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 30, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 30, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 30, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
293
(USS 237, USNS 56)
102
(USS 67, USNS 35)
 58
(42 Deployed, 16 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 1 1 11 20 68 102

In Japan

A sailor aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) working in the hangar bay on Jan. 30, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

In the Philippine Sea

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly in a MV-22B Osprey during a rehearsal for an immediate company size reinforcement aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship USS America (LHA-6), in the Philippine Sea, Jan. 28, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) – consisting of USS America (LHA-6), Amphibious Squadron 11, and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) – is underway in the Philippine Sea.

In the South China Sea

Sailors observe the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) and the underway replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) steam alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 29, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group departed Singapore on Thursday after a port visit and is now back in the South China Sea, the Navy announced on Friday.

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

Carrier Strike Group 11

Sailors observe from the fantail aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as the ship gets underway from the Republic of Singapore on Jan. 25, 2023. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the “Mighty Shrikes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Jan. 27, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

Cruiser

Ens. Dennis Krivida, from Kensington, Md., stands watch on the bridge of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Jan. 18, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) steams near the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 29, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

In Singapore

Marines with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) leave from an MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) 362 (Rein.), 13th MEU, on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), Jan. 20, 2023 in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are at Changi Naval Base in Singapore. USS Makin Island (LHD-8), the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, left Naval Base San Diego on Nov. 9 for a deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

The ARG completed the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Sri Lanka 2023 in Colombo, Sri Lanka last week following eight days of in-person and at-sea exercises.

“CARAT/MAREX Sri Lanka took place in Colombo, at Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) bases in Trincomalee and Mullikullam, and in the Laccadive Sea, Jan. 19-26. The exercise focused on increasing proficiency in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief (HADR), and maritime security capabilities,” reads a statement from the U.S. Navy.

Sri Lanka Navy offshore patrol vessels SLNS Gajabahu (P 626) and SLNS Vijayabahu (P 627) operated with USS Anchorage (LPD-23), with the embarked 13th MEU at sea. This year’s exercise included participants from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Maldives National Defense Force, as well as the Sri Lanka Air Force.

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Sri Lankan marines brief the route plan during a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise, Jan. 23, 2023 in Mullikulam. US Marine Corps Photo

“For the HADR training, two USN landing craft transferred troops, supplies, and vehicles ashore to a beach area of Mullikulam,” according to the statement.
“Additional exercises conducted at sea included divisional tactics, visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS), replenishment-at-sea approaches, and reconnaissance and gunnery exercises. Helicopters aboard Anchorage successfully carried out VBSS exercises, embarkation, and disembarkation of personnel and material on the decks of the SLN ships involved in the sea phase.”

The ARG includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23). During the deployment to the Western Pacific, the ARG has worked with other U.S. assets, including Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, P-8A Poseidon aircraft and personnel from U.S. 7th Fleet and CTF 72, 73, 75, 76/3, Destroyer Squadron 7, and Amphibious Squadron 7. Task Force 76/3 recently formed as a result of merging the staffs of the Navy’s TF 76 and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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

In the Adriatic Sea

Israeli Lt. Gen. Hertzi Halevi, chief of the general staff, Israeli Defense Force, during a press conference aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during exercise Juniper Oak 2023-2, Jan. 26, 2023. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the Adriatic Sea. Last week, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) participated in Juniper Oak, joint drills between Israel and the United States in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) continues to operate in U.S. 5th Fleet.

Carrier Strike Group 10

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, takes off from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) during flight operations on Jan. 24, 2023. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

An E-2D Hawkeye aircraft, attached to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, flies over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), Jan. 27, 2023. 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

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) sails with the Israeli Navy during Juniper Oak 2023-2, Jan. 24, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103) man the rails during a scheduled port visit to Haifa, Israel, Jan. 27, 2023. 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

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class James Heddings, from Kansas City, Missouri, conducts preflight safety checks on an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, attached to the ‘Dusty Dogs’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) are underway in the Western Atlantic.

Dwight D. Eisenhower is in the Virginia Capes conducting flight operations after completing a 15-month maintenance period in December. The 45-year-old carrier completed back-to-back deployments on July 18, 2021.

Kearsarge returned home to Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., after completing a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation on Oct. 13.

Bataan is conducting deck landing qualifications.

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162) Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts deck landing qualifications aboard the Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship Class USS Bataan (LHD-5) during Amphibious Squadron/MEU Integrated Training, Jan. 27, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo

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: Jan. 23, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 23, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 23, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
293
(USS 237, USNS 56)
101

 68
(46 Deployed, 22 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 0 1 10 21 68 101

In Japan

Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), hang a ‘Don’t Give Up The Ship’ banner in the hangar bay, while in-port Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Jan. 17, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

In the Philippine Sea

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Kenny Ngo, from Upland, California, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier USS America (LHA-6), directs an F-35B Lightning II aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 on the ship’s flight deck while sailing in the Philippine Sea, Jan. 15, 2023. US Navy Photo

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway in the Philippine Sea.

In Singapore

A sailor observes as an aircraft makes an arrested landing on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 18, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is in Singapore at the Changi Naval Base.

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

Carrier Strike Group 11

Sailors refuel an MV-22 Osprey from the ‘Ugly Angels’ of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 362 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 20, 2023. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

Sailor directs an E/A-18G Growler from the ‘Cougars’ of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 19, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

Cruiser

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Cassidy Johnson, left, from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Operations Specialist 2nd Class Mathew Zelek, from Chicago, practice drawing charts in the combat information center aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Jan. 17, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

Retail Services Specialist Seaman Jarod Gonzales gives a haircut to Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Alex Martinez aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) on Jan. 17, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

In the South China Sea

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122) taking off from USS Makin Island (LHD-8). US Navy Photo via Facebook

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are in the South China Sea. USS Makin Island (LHD-8), the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, left Naval Base San Diego on Nov. 9 for a deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

The Makin Island ARG and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) wrapped up the Singapore phase of the 2022 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise serials on Jan. 13.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps began exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Sri Lanka 2023 with the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in Colombo, on Jan. 19, 2023.

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and elements of the 13th MEU will participate in the at-sea portion of the exercise in the Indian Ocean and Laccadive Sea.

The ARG includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23). During the deployment to the Western Pacific, the ARG has worked with other U.S. assets, including Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, P-8A Poseidon aircraft and personnel from U.S. 7th Fleet and CTF 72, 73, 75, 76/3, Destroyer Squadron 7, and Amphibious Squadron 7. Task Force 76/3 recently formed as a result of merging the staffs of the Navy’s TF 76 and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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

In the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Christian Pedro, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, is raised out of the water during a combat search and rescue training evolution, Jan. 19, 2023. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, near Crete.

USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) continues to operate in the U.S. 5th Fleet.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Anthony Valladares, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), uses a rivet gun to secure arresting gear cables, Jan. 18, 2023. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Jason Ogletree, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, on the flight deck, Jan. 17, 2023. 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 George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) sails alongside the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) while an F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, takes off during operations in the Adriatic Sea, Jan. 15, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

Yeoman 1st Class Cornell King, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), responds to a simulated casualty during a general quarters drill, Jan. 17, 2023. 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 Pacific

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducts an ammunition transfer with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) on Jan. 20, 2023. US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS Tripoli (LHA-7) are underway in the Southern California Operating Areas.

In the Western Atlantic

Capt. Robert Weede, an AV-8B Harrier II jet pilot with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231, receives fuel in an AV-8B Harrier II jet on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), Dec. 6, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is underway in the Western Atlantic.

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: Jan. 17, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 17, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 17, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
293
(USS 237, USNS 56)
102
(USS 67, USNS 35)
 56
(41 Deployed, 15 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 1 1 12 19 68 102

In Japan

Seaman Samuel Geno, from Leesburg, Va., performs preventative maintenance aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), while in-port Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Jan. 5, 2023. US Navy Photo

 

 

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

In the Philippine Sea

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Travion Humphrey, from Sacramento, California, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier USS America (LHA-6), directs an F-35B Lightning II aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 to take off of the ship’s flight deck while underway in the Philippine Sea, Japan, Jan. 14, 2023. US Navy Photo

USS America (LHA-6) is underway in the Philippine Sea.

In the South China Sea

Oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during a replenishment-at-sea on Jan. 16, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the South China Sea. This marks the first time USS Nimitz (CVN-68) entered the South China during the group’s current deployment. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are also in the South China Sea – operating in proximity to the Nimitz CSG.

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

Carrier Strike Group 11

Navy Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 13, 2023. US Navy Photo

Aircraft 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 aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 13, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

Cruiser

U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class James Ingebretson, from Seabeck, Wash., fires a shot line from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) to the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200). Bunker Hill, part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations on Jan. 14, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron 9

U.S. Navy Sailors heave line during an underway replenishment aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) on Jan. 11, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

Commanders and leaders from Destroyer Squadron 7, the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Republic of Singapore Navy pose for a photo aboard RSS Endurance (207) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training/Marine Exercise Singapore in the waters off Singapore on Jan. 12. Courtesy photo by Republic of Singapore Navy

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are in the South China Sea. USS Makin Island (LHD-8), the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, left Naval Base San Diego on Nov. 9 for a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. The Makin Island ARG and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) wrapped up the Singapore phase of the 2022 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise serials on Jan. 13.

The ARG includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23). During the deployment to the Western Pacific, the ARG has worked with other U.S. assets including, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, P-8A Poseidon aircraft and personnel from U.S. 7th Fleet and CTF 72, 73, 75, 76/3, Destroyer Squadron 7, and Amphibious Squadron 7. Task Force 76/3 recently formed as a result of merging the staffs of the Navy’s TF 76 and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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

In the Adriatic Sea

Cmdr. Jason Papadopoulos, commander, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, left, speaks with a fellow pilot on an F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during a change of command ceremony on Jan. 15, 2023. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the Adriatic Sea.

“Specialists from Fleet Readiness Command Centers (FRC) Southwest (FRCSW) and Southeast (FRCSE) completed first-of-its-kind repairs at sea on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, Jan. 9, 2023,” according to the Navy.

Engineers completed repairs to damage from an Aug. 31 in-flight starboard engine fire.

USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) continues to operate in the Fifth Fleet.

Carrier Strike Group 10

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), left, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) transit the Adriatic Sea on Jan. 15, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Cmdr. Jason Papadopoulos, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, has water poured on him on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) after a change of command ceremony, Jan. 15, 2023. 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

A sailor assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) directs aircraft on the flight deck as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) sails alongside, Jan. 15, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) sails alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) during combined operations in the Adriatic Sea on Jan. 12, 2023. 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 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: Jan. 9, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 9, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

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 Jan. 9, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
293
(USS 237, USNS 56)
101
(USS 67, USNS 34)
 41
(37 Deployed, 4 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 1 13 19 67 101

In Japan

An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, Det. 6, lands on the forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier USS America (LHA-6) on Jan. 6, 2023. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in port in Yokosuka, Japan. USS America (LHA-6) is in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan.

In the Philippine Sea

Sailor directs aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 7, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) chopped into U.S. 7th Fleet on Dec. 16 and is operating in the Philippine Sea, northeast of Luzon. The CSG deployed from the West Coast on Dec. 3.

Carrier Strike Group 11

Aircraft fly over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). Nimitz is in 7th Fleet conducting routine operations on Jan. 9, 2023. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the ‘Blue Diamonds’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 approaches for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 6, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

Cruiser

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Antonio Moreno, from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, sprays a hatch during a freshwater wash down aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Jan. 3, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

Lt. j.g. Alec Pagach stands watch as Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) on Jan. 5, 2023, in the Taiwan Strait. US Navy Photo

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

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

In Singapore

Information System Technician 2nd Class James Harrison, left, identifies a ship that the Ship’s Nautical or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Examination (SNOOPIE) Team photographed to Capt. Daniel Keeler, commanding officer of amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) while transiting the Singapore Strait, Jan. 9, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore. 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.

The ARG includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23). During the deployment to the Western Pacific, the ARG has worked with other U.S. assets including, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, P-8A Poseidon aircraft and personnel from U.S. 7th Fleet and CTF 72, 73, 75, 76/3, Destroyer Squadron 7, and Amphibious Squadron 7. Task Force 76/3 recently formed as a result of merging the staffs of the Navy’s TF 76 and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

A Marine assigned to a Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) platoon embarked aboard amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) watches over Marines engaged in a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training exercise aboard Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary mobile base USS Miguel Keith (ESB-5) on Jan. 7, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

In the Adriatic Sea

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, departs Marseille, France, following a scheduled port visit on Jan. 3, 2023. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the Adriatic Sea.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Aviation Electrician’s Mate Airman Kevin Mitchell, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), performs maintenance on a stick grip on Jan. 4, 2023. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

An E/A-18G Growler attached to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Jan. 5, 2023. 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 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) engage a simulated fire during a general quarters drill, Jan. 6, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) pulls alongside the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) during a replenishment-at-sea, Jan. 6, 2023. 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 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: Jan. 3, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 3, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle […]

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 Jan. 3, 2023, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force Deployed Underway
293
(USS 238, USNS 55)
101
(USS 68, USNS 33)
 40
(37 Deployed, 3 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 0 1 13 19 67 101

In Japan

Culinary Specialist Seaman Kevin Barr, right, from New York, and Culinary Specialist Seaman Xatrii Gee, from Chatsworth, Ga., assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), transport supplies while in-port on Dec. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan is in port in Yokosuka, Japan. USS America (LHA-6) is in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan.

In the Philippine Sea

Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Riley Decock, from Colona, Ill., practices welding techniques aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 2, 2023. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) chopped into U.S. 7th Fleet on Dec. 16 and is now operating in the Philippine Sea, northeast of Luzon. The CSG deployed from the West Coast on Dec. 3.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Liaoning Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the East China Sea following two weeks in the Philippine Sea. The CSG is now likely heading home after its brief Western Pacific patrol, reported USNI News.

Carrier Strike Group 11

Sailors hold the phone and distance line on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during a replenishment-at-sea on Dec. 31, 2022. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the ‘Kestrels’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Jan. 2, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

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

Cruiser

Sailors raise the battle ensign aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) after a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200) on Dec. 31, 2023. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

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

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

In the South China Sea

Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, performs a vertical landing aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) as Indonesian service members view the landing from Indonesian Navy vessels during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training/ Marine Exercise (MAREX) Indonesia 2022, Dec. 18, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. 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.

Marines participate in sustainment training in the hangar bay aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), Dec. 15, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

The ARG includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23). During the deployment to the Western Pacific the ARG has worked with other U.S. assets including, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, P-8A Poseidon aircraft and personnel from U.S. 7th Fleet and CTF 72, 73, 75, 76/3, Destroyer Squadron 7, and Amphibious Squadron 7. Task Force 76/3 recently formed as a result of merging the staffs on Navy’s TF 76 and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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

In Marseille, France

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, arrives in Marseille, France, for a scheduled port visit, Dec. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is in port in Marseille, France, after arriving on Dec. 29, 2022. On Dec. 28, guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) pulled into Civitavecchia, Italy, and on Dec. 30, guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) pulled into Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Lt. j.g. Michael Cedillo stands officer of the deck watch on the bridge of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) as the ship along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, arrives in Marseille, France, for a port visit on Dec. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, arrives in Marseille, France, for a scheduled port visit, Dec. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Joshua Rowe, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Julio Rivera, both assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, watch as an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), Dec. 26, 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 3rd Class Alec Sanders, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), stands watch on the bridge wing as the ship arrives in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a scheduled port visit, Dec. 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) heave line as the ship arrives in Civitavecchia, Italy for a scheduled port visit, Dec. 29, 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 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: Dec. 29, 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 Dec. 29, 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 Dec. 29, 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
293
(USS 238, USNS 55)
101
(USS 68, USNS 33)
 40
(37 Deployed, 3 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
1 0 1 13 19 67 101

In Japan

USNI News Graphic

USS Ronald Reagan is in port in Yokosuka, Japan. USS America (LHA-6) is in its homeport in Sasebo, Japan.

In the Western Pacific

Sailors direct aircraft during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Dec. 27, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) chopped into U.S. 7th Fleet on Dec. 16 and is now operating in the Western Pacific in the vicinity of Guam. The CSG deployed from the West Coast on Dec. 3.

The Nimitz CSG is in the Western Pacific as the Chinese People’s Liberation Navy and the Russian Navy completed their annual Joint Sea 2022 bilateral exercise in the East China Sea this week.

The Russian surface action group led by the Slava-class guided-missile cruiser RFS Varyag (011), destroyer RFS Marshal Shaposhnikov (543) and corvettes RFS Sovershennyy (333) and RFS Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov (339) headed northeast after the exercise, while the PLAN’s Liaoning Carrier Strike Group (CSG) continued its deployment to the Philippine Sea.

A People’s Liberation Army Navy J-15 carrier fighter takes off from Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning in the Philippine Sea. JSDF Photo

“Joint Sea 2022 is the latest in an exercise series the East China Sea that has been carried out by the two countries since 2012. This year’s iteration took place from Dec. 21- 27 with the PLAN deploying the destroyers CNS Baotou (133) and CNS Jinan (152), frigates CNS Binzhou (515) and CNS Yancheng (546), replenishment ship CNS Gaoyouhu (966) and a submarine along with airborne early warning and control aircraft and maritime patrol aircraft for the exercise,” reported USNI News on Wednesday.
“The Liaoning Carrier Strike Group (CSG) comprised of the carrier CNS Liaoning (16), cruisers CNS Anshan (103) and CNS Wuxi (104), destroyer CNS Chengdu (120), frigate CNS Zhaozhuang (542) and fast combat support ship CNS Hulunhu (901) have been conducting operations in the Philippine Sea.”

Carrier Strike Group 11

Sailors sing Christmas carols on the mess decks of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Dec. 24, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

Sailors monitor the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the ‘Blue Diamonds’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Dec. 27, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

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

Cruiser

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Zyhon Barba, from Riverside, Calif., signals with a whistle before making an announcement on the bridge of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Dec. 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

Sailors participate in damage control training during a general quarters drill aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) on Dec. 23, 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 Decatur (DDG-73), homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.

In the Java Sea

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks with Marines for a video-teleconference holiday call, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Dec. 23, 2022. DoD Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Indonesia in Situbondo and Surabaya, Indonesia and underway in the Java Sea from Dec. 7 to 21.

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.

Lt. Bertin Stuckart participates in sustainment training in the hangar bay aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), Dec. 15, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

The ARG includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23). Additional U.S. assets include Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, P-8A Poseidon aircraft and personnel from U.S. 7th Fleet and CTF 72, 73, 75, 76/3, Destroyer Squadron 7, and Amphibious Squadron 7. Task Force 76/3 recently formed as a result of merging the staffs on Navy’s TF 76 and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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

In Marseille, France

An F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 is painted for the holidays aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), Dec. 26, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is in port in Marseille, France.

After operating with the CSG throughout the month, Italian destroyer ITS Andrea Doria (D-553) detached from the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on Dec. 21. Guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) has been operating in U.S. 5th Fleet.

Last week, Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) flagship USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., completing a six-month-long deployment to the Mediterranian Sea.

Carrier Strike Group 10

Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Blake Shermer, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), braze welds a seawater supply line, Dec. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Shea, assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, left, speaks with Vice Adm. Aurelio De Carolis, commander, Italian Naval Fleet, aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Dec. 15, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Airman Estefany Rodriguez-Veras, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, signals an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), Dec. 26, 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

Fire Controlman (AEGIS) 2nd Class Paul Earnest Navarro, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), participates in search and rescue swimmer training, Dec. 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

An Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyers sails alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Dec. 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 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.

 

Top Stories 2022: U.S. Navy Operations

This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2022. This year saw the U.S. Navy trying to balance its focus on presence in the Indo-Pacific region with the need for ongoing deterrence missions in Europe amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. With a steady warship presence in U.S. 6th […]

Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG-111) salute the ensign during the National Anthem while two EA-18G Growlers, assigned to the ‘Wizards’ of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, conduct a fly-by during a ceremony held in reverence of the Battle of Midway on June 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2022.

This year saw the U.S. Navy trying to balance its focus on presence in the Indo-Pacific region with the need for ongoing deterrence missions in Europe amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

With a steady warship presence in U.S. 6th Fleet, Navy ships had the chance to drill and operate with NATO and other European allies throughout the theater this year, as Russia continued its push into Ukraine.

Due in part to the war, this year also marked a departure from the U.S. Navy’s years of operating an aircraft carrier in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) went out for its first operational stress test, in which it pushed the ship’s new systems and drilled with allies and partners throughout the Atlantic and conducted its first foreign port call.

On the maintenance front, the Navy still struggled to dig out of the submarine maintenance backlog at the public shipyards and the mid-life refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Va., is nearly 19 months behind schedule.

Indo-Pacific

Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) transit the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 13, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy once again kept a consistent carrier presence in the Indo-Pacific region this year.

At the start of 2021, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was operating in the Western Pacific. The aircraft carrier was on the tail end of its Indo-Pacific deployment, which was also the first deployment for the fifth-generation carrier air wing featuring Navy F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and the CMV-22B Osprey.

While operating in the South China Sea in late January, an F-35C with the air wing aboard Vinson went over the edge of the deck in a ramp strike. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and Navy salvage crews later recovered the F-35C from the South China Sea.

During a USNI News trip aboard Vinson in February, officials said the crew recovered quickly after the January crash.

“When the mishap happened, we had additional aircraft airborne that needed to land. So the training kicked in immediately. And I was in awe watching … everybody on the flight deck – including the air wing personnel – respond to that emergency because we had to replace all four wires. We had to pick up things off the flight deck so that we could clear the [landing area] to clear all the [foreign object debris],” a defense official told USNI News at the time.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Justin Mancha, from San Antonio, signals an F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the ‘Black Knights’ of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, as it takes off from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 on July 14, 2022. US Navy Photo

Meanwhile, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) deployed to the Indo-Pacific in early January with a squadron of U.S. Marine Corps F-35Cs and Navy CMV-22B Ospreys. For about a month, the U.S. Navy had two carrier strike groups operating in U.S. 7th Fleet.

Lincoln operated mostly in U.S. 7th Fleet during its deployment, in which it drilled with both Japan and the Philippines. The carrier also participated in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise off the coast of Hawaii in July.

The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), also operated in the Indo-Pacific for its spring patrol from May through August and a patrol this fall.

During its first patrol, Reagan was on station near Taiwan when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a trip to the island that sparked condemnation from China. USS Tripoli (LHA-7) was also operating near Taiwan at the time.

USS Tripoli (LHA-7) departs Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., April 7, 2022. US Navy Photo

Tripoli left for its maiden deployment in May and tested out the “lightning carrier” or “assault carrier” concept with F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters aboard.

“One day you can have F-35Bs on the flight deck, the next day you could have MV-22s and you can be putting Marines ashore. And so it just is a very versatile instrument and the fact that you have 14 5th-gen fighters on board – it’s an incredibly capable sensor,” U.S. 7th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Karl Thomas said in October of the assault carrier testing concept. “And so we’re still in the experimentation phase. We wanted to at least try to find out how would you integrate an assault carrier with a full-sized carrier. What missions might it be able to do?”

Tripoli returned home from its seven-month deployment at the end of November, as the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group began operating in U.S. 7th Fleet. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group chopped into the area of responsibility in mid-December.

The U.S. Navy also continued to perform Taiwan Strait transits and freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea – some of which received criticism from China.

Europe 

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tate Cardinal, from Harrisonville, Missouri, looks through a range finder on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Mar. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

At the end of 2021, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to remain in the Mediterranean Sea, instead of heading to U.S. Central Command, as Russia massed troops along its border with Ukraine. Since then, the U.S. Navy has kept a consistent carrier presence in U.S. 6th Fleet.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) operated throughout the Mediterranean Sea for eight months. Truman’s deployment marked the longest continuous operations for a U.S. aircraft carrier in U.S. European Command in over two decades, USNI News reported.

The carrier remained on station as Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine at the end of February. At times during the deployment, Truman’s carrier air wing launched 80 to 90 sorties a day for missions with NATO.

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

In August, the George H.W. Bush carrier strike group chopped into U.S. 6th Fleet to relieve the Truman CSG so it could head home. Since then, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) has been operating in the region.

In 2022, Truman went under NATO command twice and George H.W. Bush went under NATO command once. When Truman first went under NATO control in January, it was the first time since the Cold War that NATO had assumed command of a U.S. aircraft carrier.

In addition to the consistent carrier presence in the Mediterranean, the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group also operated throughout U.S. 6th Fleet for much of 2022.

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) joined a slew of NATO nations and other partners for BALTOPS 2022 in the Baltic Sea in June. Meanwhile, USS Arlington (LPD-24) drilled with the Hellenic Navy in April and participated in U.S. Africa Command’s African Lion 2022 exercise in June.

Atlantic

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

This year marked USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) first chance to operationally stress the new systems and technologies aboard the first-in-class aircraft carrier.

Ford left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in early October for a shakedown cruise that took the carrier to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Portsmouth, United Kingdom for its first international port calls.

“This is really a chance to work with a full strike group with almost a full air wing,” Rear Adm. Gregory Huffman, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, told reporters during a USNI News trip aboard Ford in October.
“And then with those allies and partners, to get a good understanding of how the Ford – with its new capabilities – will be able to interact with different ships and perhaps change how we do tactics from a big picture perspective. So that’s what we look to do is just basically explore that new technology and see what kind of operations we can develop out of that.”

Officials planned to hand off control of air wing assets to allies operating nearby with the Ford carrier strike group.

During its time at sea this fall, Ford joined ships from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands in the Eastern Atlantic for exercise Silver Wolverine.

Maintenance

USS George Washington (CVN-73) leaving dry dock on Sept. 27, 2019. HII Photo

The Navy is still digging itself out of maintenance backlogs both for the service’s aircraft carriers and submarines.

The Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal disclosed plans for the mid-life refueling and complex overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) to extend to March 2023. The overhaul – currently underway at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding – was originally scheduled to finish in August of 2021.

The carrier first went in for the RCOH in August 2017. News of the delayed timeline for the RCOH followed several suicides by crew members. Six sailors with George Washington have died by suicide since 2019, according to the Navy, and civilian officials ruled a seventh GW sailor’s death as a suicide.

Meanwhile, Navy officials throughout the year lamented the submarine maintenance backlog that has kept some boats out of the water for years.

Over the last decade, less than one-third of the Navy’s attack submarines have finished their maintenance availabilities on time, according to the head of Naval Sea Systems Command.

“We’ve seen a significant growth in the amount of man-days required in submarine availabilities, particularly in the Virginia class,” NAVSEA chief Vice Adm. Bill Galinis said at a conference in September.
“We’re doing a deep dive to figure out why that is. It’s really a continuous process.”

In November, Program Executive Officer for Attack Submarines Rear Adm. Jonathan Rucker said 18 of the service’s 50 attack submarines are in maintenance or waiting to go into the yard for an availability.

USS Preble (DDG-88) and USS Russell (DDG-59) in maintenance on Feb. 15, 2022 in San Diego, Calif. USNI News Photo

In 2000, the U.S. Navy would begin about 12 maintenance availabilities – that averaged 200 days – for attack submarines per year. Today, the Navy is beginning about 5 maintenance periods per year that last about 450 to 700 days, according to Rucker.

“We have longer ops cycles, which is good. But when the boats come in, they’re in a much more strained condition and we don’t prepare for them as well,” Rucker said at the annual Naval Submarine League symposium.

About thirty percent of the work performed during maintenance availabilities for attack submarines is unplanned, contributing to the backlog, according to Rucker. Another problem for the Navy is that it doesn’t buy enough of the materials ahead of time.

By 2026, Rucker said the Navy hopes to already have 90 to 95 percent of materials by the time a maintenance period starts. Currently, the Navy has about 40 to 50 percent of the materials when an availability begins, he said.

The Navy averaged 1,500 to 1,600 days of maintenance delays in FY 2019 and brought that number down to about 1,100 days for FY 2022, Rucker said at the time. The Navy expects that number to decrease to 700 days by FY 2026.

Reagan Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up Latest Patrol, USS Nimitz in the Western Pacific

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is now operating in U.S. 7th Fleet as the Japan-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-77) returned to its homeport late Thursday, the Navy announced. Ronald Reagan completed its second patrol for 2022 on Thursday when it pulled into Yokosuka, Japan. The carrier was underway from May to August, returned […]

Sailors man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, following its deployment to the western Pacific ocean, Dec. 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is now operating in U.S. 7th Fleet as the Japan-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-77) returned to its homeport late Thursday, the Navy announced.

Ronald Reagan completed its second patrol for 2022 on Thursday when it pulled into Yokosuka, Japan.

The carrier was underway from May to August, returned for a repair period and then departed again in September.

“While in port, Ronald Reagan will remain in sustainment and ready to immediately redeploy in response to a crisis or other tasking,” reads a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.
“The crew maintains a high level of training, forward-presence, warfighting proficiency, quick-response posture, and readiness to respond to any regional contingency.”

According to USNI News carrier deployment database, Reagan spent 186 days underway.

“During Ronald Reagan’s deployment, the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 flew more than 17,635 flight hours, and the ship transited nearly 57,000 nautical miles,” reads a late Thursday statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.
“The carrier strike group included the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and embarked staffs of Task Force 70 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG-54), USS Chancellorsville (CG-67), USS Shiloh (CG-62), and guided-missile destroyers assigned from Task Force 71.”

The strike group participated in the United States’ high-end Valiant Shield 2022 exercise off the coast of Guam, operated in the South China Sea extensively and made port calls to Manila, the Philippines, Singapore, and Busan, South Korea.

Following missile launches from North Korea, the strike group joined with South Korea and Japan for show of force missions in the East China Sea.

“Combined with our visits to ports around the Pacific, our patrol demonstrated the combined resolve, common values, and credible capability of like-minded nations that is necessary to meet any challenge in ensuring regional stability and security in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” CSG commander Rear Adm. Michael Donnelly said in a statement.

Meanwhile, USS Nimitz (CVN-68) crossed the International Date Line on Thursday, – the border between U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet – Carrier Strike Group 11 announced in a social media post.

“The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group crossed the International Date Line (IDL) and arrived into the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Friday, Dec. 16,” reads the post from the strike group.
“Sailors did not experience Thursday, Dec. 15, as the ship jumped from 11:59 p.m. Dec. 14 to 12:00 a.m. on Dec. 16.”

Nimitz and its strike group left San Diego on Dec. 3 for a deployment after leaving its home port in Bremerton, Wash., on Nov. 28.

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 5, 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 Dec. 5, 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 Dec. 5, 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
293
(USS 237, USNS 56)
104
(USS 70, USNS 34)
 72
(41 Deployed, 31 Local)

Ships Deployed by Fleet

2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
3 6 2 13 21 59 104

In the Philippine Sea

Sailors prepare a F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the ‘Diamondbacks’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, for launch on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the Philippine Sea, Dec. 1, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Philippine Sea. According to the U.S. Navy, “on November 29, 2022, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. At the conclusion of the operation, USS Chancellorsville exited the excessive claim area and continued operations in the South China Sea.”

Carrier Strike Group 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 on Dec. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 5

Capt. Daryle Cardone, center, commanding officer of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN- 76), disembarks from an E-2D Hawkeye, attached to the ‘Tiger Tails’ of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, on the flight deck in the Philippine Sea, on Dec. 2, 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) conducts routine underway operations in the South China Sea, Nov. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

USS Milius (DDG-69) sails alongside U.S., Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force and Royal Australian Navy ships as seen from USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) in the Philippine Sea on Nov. 20, 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

Sailors and families from Commander, Fleet Activities (CFAS) and members of the local Sasebo community gather for Christmas in the Park at CFAS Nimitz Park Dec. 2, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

In the Pacific Ocean

Chief Damage Controlman Gabriel Alcaine briefs an attack team in preparation for a general quarters drill aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), Nov. 26, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked has chopped into U.S. 7th Fleet. 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 ARG includes Makin Island and amphibious transport docks USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23).

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

In the Eastern Pacific

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) leaves port on Dec. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) deployed on Saturday for a Western Pacific deployment, reported USNI News.

Carrier Strike Group 11

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emma Burgess from Deland, Fla., aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) waves to Sailors aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Dec. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 17

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, from the ‘Kestrels’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Dec. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

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

Cruiser

Navy Fireman Bishaan Deonaraine, from Jersey City, N.J., left, and U.S. Navy Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Kendall Jackson, from Chicago, stand by to fight a simulated fire during an aviation damage control drill on the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Oct. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) prepares to pull alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) for a fueling-at-sea on Oct. 20, 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 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.

USS Tripoli (LHA-7) sails next to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as it returns to its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) returned home to San Diego on Tuesday, Nov. 30 following a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

The ship left in May for its maiden deployment and initially operated as the test bed for the “lightning carrier” or “assault carrier” concept using embarked U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters.

“The U.S. Marine Corps embarked 16 F-35Bs aboard Tripoli, which flew missions in support of exercises Valiant Shield 22 and Noble Fusion,” according to a news release from Expeditionary Strike Group 3.
“Overall, the crew completed 2,052 hours of flight operations and traveled 40,303 nautical miles during exercise support.”

During Tripoli‘s time in the Indo-Pacific, it drilled with aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) for the Valiant Shield exercise in June.

Following the F-35B testing during Valiant Shield, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit came aboard Tripoli at the end of July. Tripoli was on station operating on the edge of the South China Sea near Taiwan in early August ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) visit to the island.

Aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are underway in the Southern California Operating Areas for sustainment exercises. Both carriers returned from deployments earlier this year.

In the Mediterranean Sea

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), parade the colors during a reception for local military and civilian leaders honoring the U.S.–Italian relationship, aboard the ship while anchored in the Bay of Naples, Nov. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is in the Mediterranean Sea. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) just completed a port visit to Naples, Italy. U.S. 6th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, who also commands Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, hosted a conference in Naples, Italy, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

Part of the conference took place aboard Bush. USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55 ) made a port call in Slovenia while USS Truxtun (DDG-103) visited France. Destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) has been operating in U.S. 5th Fleet.

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

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) transits the Strait of Messina, Nov. 26, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier

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

Carrier Air Wing 7

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) steady a phone and distancing line during a replenishment-at-sea with the supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) on Nov. 27, 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) on Oct. 25, 2022. US Navy Photo

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

Destroyer Squadron

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

Sailors participate in a holiday themed 5k run on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on Dec. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious Assault ships USS Bataan (LHD-5) and USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) are underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Area as part of the Steel Knight exercise series.

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) completed sea trials over the weekend after a 15-month planned incremental availability.

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.

USS Chancellorsville Performs South China Sea FONOP, Draws Chinese Protests

The Tuesday passage of a U.S. guided missile cruiser past a disputed island chain in the South China Sea has drawn protests from Beijing and claims that the People’s Liberation Army expelled the ship from Chinese territorial waters. According to U.S. 7th Fleet, USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) sailed past the Spratly Island chain on Tuesday as […]

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) conducts routine underway operations in the South China Sea, Nov. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Tuesday passage of a U.S. guided missile cruiser past a disputed island chain in the South China Sea has drawn protests from Beijing and claims that the People’s Liberation Army expelled the ship from Chinese territorial waters.

According to U.S. 7th Fleet, USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) sailed past the Spratly Island chain on Tuesday as part of a freedom of navigation operation.

“USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. At the conclusion of the operation, USS Chancellorsville exited the excessive claim area and continued operations in the South China Sea,” reads the statement from 7th Fleet.
“The freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging restrictions on innocent passage imposed by the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam and Taiwan.”

China asserts that foreign warships passing within the territorial sea of its claims in the South China Sea require prior approval from Beijing. Under the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention, a warship make an “innocent passage” through another country’s territorial waters with our prior notification.

The Chinese state-supported South China Sea Probing Initiative published satellite images on Twitter showing the cruiser was operating near the Chinese artificial island at Fiery Cross Reef along with a U.S. P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.

SCS Probing Initiative

Under international law, a warship can transit through a nation’s territorial waters “so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal state,” according to Article 19 of the UNLOSC.

In a statement following the transit, the PLA Southern Theater issued a statement claiming Chinese forces drove Chancellorsville out of Chinese territorial waters.

Chancellorsville illegally intruded into the waters adjacent to China’s Nansha islands and reefs without the approval of the Chinese Government, and organized naval and air forces in the Chinese southern theater of the People’s Liberation Army to follow and monitor and give a warning to drive them away,” reads a translation of the statement. “The U.S. military’s actions have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security, which is another ironclad proof of its hegemony in navigation and militarization of the South China Sea, and fully demonstrates that the United States is an out-and-out security risk maker in the South China Sea.”

In response, the U.S. Navy pushed back against the Chinese statement.

“The PRC’s statement about this mission is false. USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) conducted this FONOP in accordance with international law and then continued on to conduct normal operations in waters where high seas freedoms apply,” reads a 7th Fleet statement.
“The operation reflects our continued commitment to uphold freedom of navigation and lawful uses of the sea as a principle. The United States is defending every nation’s right to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as USS Chancellorsville did here. Nothing the PRC says otherwise will deter us.”

The Japan-based Chancellorsville has been operating with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in recent months.

The last reported U.S. FONOP in the South China Sea was performed by the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) in July.