USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 21, 2022 (2023)

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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 March 21, 2022, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:

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In Japan

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Vincente Carrizales, right, from Chicago, and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Douglas Corbin, from Richmond, Calif, both assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), rescue a simulated casualty during an aviation damage control drill on the ship’s flight deck on March 13, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in port in Yokosuka, Japan, conducting its annual winter maintenance availability. The carrier began a four-month selected restricted availability in Yokosuka on Jan. 13, following a five-month deployment in the Middle East and the Pacific. “Employees from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and Norfolk Naval Shipyard, along with the ship’s force and contractors, are working together in Japan to complete maintenance on the aircraft carrier,” according to a Navy statement.

Ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) – which includes USS America (LHA-6), USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Ashland (LSD-48) – are back in port in Sasebo, Japan.

In the Philippine Sea

Sailors standby for cargo in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) on March 19, 2022. US Navy Photo

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The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway in the Philippine Sea. The U.S. Navy conducted an air demonstration with carrier aircraft on March 15 in the Yellow Sea following North Korea’s recent launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to U.S. 7th Fleet. The demonstration was carried out in international airspace by Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and Marine F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), along with regionally-based U.S. Air Force aircraft.

Carrier Strike Group 3

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Darryl Cobb, from Kansas City, Mo., directs the flight deck casualty crane, ‘Tilly,’ aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a barricade drill on March 20, 2022. US Navy Photo

USSAbraham Lincoln(CVN-72), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Carrier Air Wing 9

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the ‘Tophatters’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on March 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked aboard Abraham Lincolnand includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Black Aces” of VFA-41 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F/A-18Fs from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Tophatters” of VFA-14 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Black Knights” of VMFA 314 – Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) flying F-35Cs from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
  • The “Wizards” of VAQ-133 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Wallbangers” of VAW-117 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Titans” of VRM-30 – CMV-22B – Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Chargers” of HSC-14 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island.
  • The “Raptors” of HSM-71 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island.


Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) on March 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

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  • USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 21

Sailors handle the phone and distance line during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) on March 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 21 is based in San Diego, Calif., and is embarked on the carrier.

  • USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.
  • USS Gridley (DDG- 101), homeported at Naval Station Everett, Wash.
  • USS Sampson (DDG-102), homeported at Naval Station Everett.
  • USS Spruance (DDG-109), homeported at Naval Station San Diego.

In the Mediterranean Sea

Since December, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing 1 and its escorts have been operating predominantly in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, launching 80 to 90 sorties a day as far north as Lithuania for a variety of missions with NATO-allied aircraft from Romania, France and Italy, reported USNI News last week. Some fighters launched from Truman are training, while some are set to patrol NATO’s airspace and prevent Russian aircraft from violating those borders.

Carrier Strike Group 8

From top to bottom: FS Charles de Gaulle (R), ITS Cavour and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on March 17, 2022. US Navy Photos

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

Carrier Air Wing 1

A F/A-18E Super Hornet from the ‘Blue Blasters’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 prepares to launch from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on March 17, 2022. USNI News Photo

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Harry S. Trumanand includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

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


  • USSSan Jacinto (CG-56), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Destroyer Squadron 28

From left to right, the Italian Navy Carlo Bergammi-class frigate ITS Antonio Marceglia (F597), the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) and the Hellenic Navy Hydra-class Greek frigate HS Hydra (F-452) transit the Ionian Sea in formation, Mar. 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

Destroyer Squadron 28 is based in Norfolk and is embarked on the carrier.

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  • USSCole(DDG-67), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USSBainbridge(DDG- 96), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USSGravely(DDG-107), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • USSJason Dunham (DDG-109), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • USSGonzalez (DDG-66), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310).

In the Western Atlantic

Landing Craft, Air Cushion 4, attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, departs the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on March 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

Two of the three-ship Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group deployed on March 16 from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., according to U.S. 2nd Fleet. USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Arlington (LPD-24) left the East Coast with Marine Expeditionary Unit 22 embarked. The third amphib, USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), is set to deploy later this month from Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. It’s unclear if Kearsarge will be part of the ongoing NATO presence operations as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. Since the late February invasion, the U.S. and NATO have massed naval power in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.

The 22nd MEU includes the command element; the aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 263 (Reinforced); the ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 2/6 (Reinforced); and the logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 26. Also embarked are, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 and Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2. The Kearsarge ARG and the 22nd MEU ended their last seven-month deployment primarily to Europe and the Middle East in 2019. The Kearsarge ARG and the 22nd MEU are the first East Coast ARG/MEU to deploy since the return of the Iwo Jima ARG and 24th MEU in October.

Meanwhile, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is underway in the Virginia Capes.

In the Eastern Pacific

USS Makin Island (LHD 8) steams past the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in the San Diego Bay on March 15, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Boxer (LHD-4) are operating off of Southern California.
USS Makin Island (LHD-8) is in port in San Francisco.

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.



Where is the USS Nimitz going in 2022? ›

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.

What is the most powerful USS ship? ›

It is the largest destroyer in the world. The USS Zumwalt was named after Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the youngest chief of naval operations in US history. The ship is a guided-missile destroyer, which means its main purpose is to provide antiaircraft support to the US Navy's fleet.

Where is USS Nimitz now? ›

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is now operating in the South China Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet announced Friday, marking the first time USS Nimitz (CVN-68) entered the body of water during the group's 2022 to 2023 deployment.

Where are the U.S. carrier strike groups now? ›

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is operating in the South China Sea.

Will USS Nimitz be scrapped? ›

While the Navy's Fiscal Year 2023 30-year shipbuilding plan shows the service decommissioning USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in FY 2025 and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in FY 2027 – which aligns with the carriers' 50-year service lives – the Navy still has time to alter that plan if necessary.

What is the oldest aircraft carrier still in service? ›

With the inactivation of USS Enterprise in 2012 and decommissioning in 2017, Nimitz is now the oldest U.S. aircraft carrier in service, and the oldest serving aircraft carrier in the world.

What is the US Navy deadliest ship? ›

The 317 metres long USS Nimitz measures 40.8 metres beam wise and 11.9 metres draught wise, and has a displacement of over 1, 00,000 tons. The aircraft carrier offers a speed of 31.5 knots and is supplied by two water reactors.

What is the U.S. most advanced warship? ›

USS Zumwalt

What is the greatest warship ever built? ›

… air raids but also the Yamato, the greatest battleship in the world (72,000 tons, with nine 18.1-inch [460-millimetre] guns), which was sent out on a suicidal mission with only enough fuel for the single outward voyage and without sufficient air cover.

What is the most powerful warship in the world today? ›

The U.S. Navy's newest warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is the largest and most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world.

Where is the 7th Fleet right now? ›

It is based in Guam. Task Force 72 – TF 72 is the Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Seventh Fleet. It is located at Naval Air Facility Misawa (Misawa Air Base), Japan.

What is the oldest ship still afloat? ›

USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy. Naval officers and crew still serve aboard the ship today. The USS Constitution is operated by the United States Navy, a partner to the National Parks of Boston.

Where is the US 6th fleet now? ›

The Sixth Fleet is headquartered at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy.

Has America lost any carriers? ›

Twelve aircraft carriers were sunk by the enemy during World War II -- five fleet carriers, a seaplane tender and six escort carriers. The loss of the Bismarck Sea was the last time that a U.S. carrier went down due to enemy action.

What are the 7 Navy fleets? ›

The U.S. Navy has seven numbered fleets in its arsenal; the 2nd Fleet, 3rd Fleet, 4th Fleet, 5th Fleet, 6th Fleet, 7th Fleet and 10th Fleet.

How many Navy ships are in mothball? ›

The U.S. Navy built 51 Perry frigates, but all have been decommissioned. Most of them were scrapped, sunk, and turned into fish habitat and transferred abroad to U.S. allies. Fewer than twenty are sitting in mothballs in Bremerton, Pearl Harbor, and Philadelphia, awaiting their ultimate fate.

Is CVN 80 being built? ›

CVN-80 is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. CVN-80 is the first aircraft carrier completely designed and built through digital platforms.

What will happen to cvn 65? ›

Former USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was deactivated in 2012 and decommissioned in 2017. It is currently stored at HII Newport News Shipbuilding. According to a National Environmental Act Policy draft report, any shipyard would not start dismantlement until 2025.

What is the longest carrier deployment? ›

Truman Returns From 9-Month Mediterranean Deployment. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) pulled into port in Norfolk, Va., after more than nine months operating in the Mediterranean Sea – the longest a U.S. aircraft carrier has operated continuously in U.S. European Command in more than 20 years.

Who has the most advanced aircraft carrier? ›

The USS Gerald R. Ford is considered the top of its class in the world of aircraft carriers. Ford-class ships usher in a new generation for the naval fleet as a successor to the Nimitz-class ship which has been the ship of choice since 1975.

Can U.S. aircraft carriers enter the Black Sea? ›

Since the closure, only warships with ports on the Black Sea, which includes Russia's Black Sea Fleet and Turkish ships, can enter. The last American warship to transit the strait was USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), which left the Black Sea on Dec. 15, 2021.

What is the last U.S. Navy ship to sink? ›

The last US Navy ship lost at sea was USS Guardian. On 17 January 2013, Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef in the Phillipines. Unable to be recovered, the vessel was decommissioned and struck on 15 February 2013.

What navy ship has the most battle stars? ›

USS New Jersey (BB-62) is the most decorated battleship in Navy history, earning distinction in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and conflicts in the Middle East.

What is the most capable battleship in the world? ›

BATTLESHIP YAMATO - In 1934 the Japanese begin designing The Yamato, the most powerful battleship in history. Japan is determined to retain control in the Pacific so builds a ship 30 percent larger than anything their enemies have.

Which warship has most guns? ›

The Iowa-class battleships are the most heavily armed gunships the United States Navy has ever put to sea, due to the continual development of their onboard weaponry.

What is the fastest warship? ›

Excluding hovercraft, the fastest warship speed recorded was by the Royal Canadian Navy's experimental hydrofoil Bras d'Or which exceeded 63 knots (117 km/h, 72 mph) during unarmed trials in 1969.

What is the largest US battleship ever built? ›

USS Missouri (BB-63)

What is the longest serving warship? ›

The aircraft carrier that was HMS Hermes is bowing out after a glorious lifespan unsurpassed – she's the longest serving warship in the world – reports ITV. In the autumn she was taken to the Alang shipbreaker's yard in Gujarat, India.
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How good is China's navy? ›

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) surpassed the US Navy in fleet size sometime around 2020 and now has around 340 warships, according to the Pentagon's 2022 China Military Power Report, released in November. China's fleet is expected to grow to 400 ships in the next two years, the report says.

What is the best destroyer warship? ›

Top 10 Warships in the world include the South Korean King Sejong the Great (KDX-III) Class Destroyer, the American Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, the Atago Class Destroyer, the Kongō Class Destroyer and the Chinese Type 052D or West Luyang III Class Destroyer.

Who has the biggest warship fleet? ›

People's Republic of China

What is the world largest destroyer? ›

The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class multi-mission destroyers, currently being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for the US Navy, are the world's biggest ever destroyers with a full load displacement of 15,656t.

Will the USS Nimitz become a museum? ›

Preserving artifacts

Knowing that the ship itself would not become a museum, the USS Enterprise Association started coming up with other ideas. Thiry said the association asked the Navy about preserving the "island" — the tower that rises above the flight deck. The answer was no.

What will replace the USS Nimitz? ›

Ordered in 2008 and commissioned in 2017, the USS Gerald R. Ford embarked on its maiden deployment in October 2022, years behind schedule and billions over budget.

What will happen to Nimitz? ›

“USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is planned to be removed from the battle force in fiscal year (FY) 2025, when the ship's Terminal Off-load Program begins, with inactivation scheduled to begin in 2027,” USN officials acknowledged to Janes in a statement.

What aircraft carrier is in San Diego today? ›

The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier sits in San Diego at the Navy Pier welcoming and enriching guests from around the world. Its patriotic service and military operations are brought to life throughout this interactive museum. Relive the legacy of the longest-serving aircraft carrier in U.S. Naval history-47 years!


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