These are the approximate positions of the carrier strike groups deployed by the US Navy and amphibious ready groups around the world as of June 3, 2021, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship.
US Navy Total Combat Force:
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Vessels deployed by the fleet
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In the Philippine Sea
After completing its winter maintenance period at Yokosuka, the USS Ronald reagan (CVN-76) is in progress. The Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) completed its aircraft carrier qualifications and began its operational spring patrol on May 29.
The Japan-based CSG will make a rare deployment to US Central Command in support of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan later this summer, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News last month.
Carrier Strike Group 5
The Yokosuka-based Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 commands the Reagan CSG and is embarked on the aircraft carrier.
USS Ronald reagan (CVN-76), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Carrier Air Wing 5
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, is embarked on board Ronald reagan and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:
- The Royal Masses of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s VFA-102 Diamondbacks
- The “Eagles” of the VFA-115 of the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Dambusters” of the VFA-195 of the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The Shadowhawks of the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) of 141 Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The “Tigertails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 “Suppliers” Detachment 5 – from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
- The Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 at Atsugi Naval Base, Japan
- The Saberhawks of Maritime Helicopter Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 at Naval Air Station Atsugi
USS Shiloh (CG-54), homeported in Yokosuka.
Destroyer Squadron 15
Destroyer Squadron 15 is based in Yokosuka, Japan, and is embarked on the aircraft carrier. The U.S. 7th Fleet did not fully specify the escorts accompanying Reagan on his patrol, but the CSG includes:
- USS Halsey (DDG-97), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Japan-based large-deck amphibious warship USS America (LHA-6) is in progress.
In the northern Arabian Sea
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), Carrier Air Wing 3 and IKE escorts are operating in the northern Arabian Sea after arriving at US Central Command in early April to support the ongoing anti-ISIS operation Inherent Resolve. The White House has set a date of September 11, 2021 to complete the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Earlier in May, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday said Iran’s behavior and the ongoing review of the US military presence around the world would determine how aircraft carriers operate in the Middle East after the Afghan withdrawal.
Carrier Strike Group 2
The Norfolk-based CSG 2 commands the Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG and is embarked on the aircraft carrier.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
Carrier Air Wing 3
Carrier Air Wing 3, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Is embarked on board Dwight D. Eisenhower and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:
- The “Fighting Swordsmen” of VFA-32 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) – from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
- VFA-105 Gunslingers from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
- VFA-131 Wildcats from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
- The “Rampagers” of VFA-83 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
- The “Zappers” of VAQ-130 – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
- The VAW-123 Screwtops – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia.
- The VRC-40 “Raw Hides” – Detachment – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) – from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
- The “Dusty Dogs” of HSC-7 – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia.
- The “Swamp Foxes” of HSM-74 – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
- USS Monterey (CG-61), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
- USS Gulf of Vella (CG-72), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
Destroyer Squadron 22
Destroyer Squadron 22 is based in Norfolk and its leaders embarked on Eisenhower.
- USS Thomas hudner (DDG-116), homeported in Mayport, Florida.
- USS Laboon (DDG-58), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
- USS Mitscher (DDG-57), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
- USS Mahan (DDG-72), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
In the red sea
The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit transited Suez on June 1 and are now in the Red Sea and operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
USS Wasp-class amphibious assault ship Iwo jima (LHD-7), Harpers Ferry-class landing ship USS Carter Room (LSD-50) and amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD-17) constitute the ARG. Detachments embarked for ARG Iwo Jima include Amphibious Squadron Four, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Six, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, Naval Beach Group (NBG) Two, Beach Master Unit (BMU) Two, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Two and Four, and Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) Two.
The 24th MEU, headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, consists of a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/8, a Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion ( CLB) 24, and a Combat Aviation Element – Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 Reinforced. The 24th MEU also includes a light armored reconnaissance detachment.
In the West Atlantic
The USCGC Legend Class National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) will return to Charleston, SC, tomorrow after a three-month mission to the U.S. 6th Fleet.
After leaving the East Coast on February 28, “Hamilton stopped in Puerto Rico and then headed to Rota, Spain with two Sentinel class quick response cutters, USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC-1141) and USCGC Robert goldman (WPC-1142) in the transatlantic portion of the 9,000-mile journey of the Rapid Response Cutters to Bahrain’s home port and to service patrol forces in Southwest Asia, ”the Coast Guard said in a press release.
“Hamilton entered the Mediterranean Sea on April 15 and the Black Sea on April 27 to support Allies and NATO partners. Hamilton was the first US Coast Guard to visit the Black Sea since 2008. The last US Coast Guard in the Black Sea was the USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716) and sailed to the Black Sea twice, once in 2008 and 1995.
After leaving the Black Sea, Hamilton stops in Malta and Spain before crossing the Atlantic.
In addition to these major formations, not shown are thousands more serving in submarines, surface ships, aircraft squadrons, SEALs, Marine Air-Ground Special Forces, Seabees, Guardsmen. coasts, EOD mobile units, and many more serving across the globe.