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Mar 14, 2012 | 19:47 GMT

U.S. Naval Update Map: March 14, 2012

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The Naval Update Map shows an approximation of the current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) and Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs), based on available open-source information. No classified or operationally sensitive information is included in this weekly update. CSGs and ARGs are the keys to U.S. dominance of the world’s oceans. A CSG is centered on an aircraft carrier, which projects U.S. naval and air power and supports a carrier air wing (CVW). The CSG includes significant offensive strike capability. An ARG is centered on three amphibious warfare ships, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked. An MEU is built around a heavily reinforced and mobile battalion of Marines.

Carrier Strike Groups

  • The USS Abraham Lincoln CSG with CVW 2 embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) conducting missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Carl Vinson CSG with CVW 17 embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Enterprise with CVW 1 embarked is under way in the Atlantic Ocean on its 22nd and final deployment to the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet AORs as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the world.
  • The USS George H.W. Bush is under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications.

Amphibious Ready Groups/Marine Expeditionary Units

  • The USS Makin Island is docked at Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain, for a 10-day maintenance upkeep.
  • The USS Essex ARG with the 31st MEU embarked is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR conducting amphibious integration training and certification exercises.
  • The USS Bonhomme Richard is at the White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a scheduled port call while it transfers to its new homeport of Sasebo, Japan, to replace the forward deployed USS Essex.
  • The USS Wasp is currently using the degaussing range in Naval Station Mayport, Florida, during its routine operations in the southern Caribbean Sea.
  • The USS Bataan is under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting qualifications.
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