USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 20, 2024

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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 May 20, 2024, 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 DeployedUnderway
296
(USS 235, USNS 61)
99
(USS 67, USNS 32)
72
(46 Deployed, 26 Local)

In Japan

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/20/usni-news-fleet-and-marine-tracker-may-20-2024

Marines Fly AV-8B Harrier at Cherry Point Air Show in Final Public Performance

An AV-8B Harrier at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show on May, 11, 2023. Dan Parsons Photo used with permission.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. – Just after noon on Sunday, a dark-gray AV-8B Harrier slashed across the cloud-embroidered eastern North Carolina sky at nearly 400 miles per hour, blasting by tens of thousands of spectators staring upwards at the jump jet’s last public demonstration.

The 2024 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show opened the...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/14/marines-fly-av-8b-harrier-at-cherry-point-air-show-in-final-public-performance

Navy, Marine Corps Focus on Smaller Eligible Population As Recruitment Problems Mount

Recruits with the 64th Annual Recruit Cardinal Division stand at attention during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Nov. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s ongoing struggle to meet recruitment missions and the Marine Corps’ growing concerns over the shrinking pool of possible enlistees topped a Senate panel’s hearing on personnel issues facing the sea services last week.

The Navy predicts it will be 6,200 enlistees short of its...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/13/navy-marine-corps-focus-on-smaller-eligible-population-as-recruitment-problems-mount

HASC Chairman’s Mark Authorizes Second Virginia-class Submarine, Cuts $1B from Delayed Frigate Program

U.S. Capitol on Dec. 29, 2022. USNI News Photo

House authorizers added a second Virginia-class submarine in their mark of the Fiscal Year 2025 defense policy bill, a departure from the Biden administration’s decision to ask for only one attack boat in the annual request.

The House Armed Services Committee chairman’s mark of the bill, released Monday, shows lawmakers approving $1 billion for another Virginia-class attack boat. The HASC seapower and projection forces subcommittee’s mark of the...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/13/hasc-chairmans-mark-authorizes-second-virginia-class-submarine-cuts-1b-from-delayed-frigate-program

HASC’s Adam Smith Says Pentagon Must Assess Platform Capability for Modernization Efforts

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD-27) conducts a high-energy laser weapon system demonstration on a static surface training target, Dec. 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon must make modernization choices between legacy systems and new technology like lasers by evaluating each platform’s capability,the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said this week. 

“The aircraft carrier battle groups have been enormously helpful” in deterring Iran and its proxies over the...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/09/hascs-adam-smith-says-pentagon-must-assess-platform-capability-for-modernization-efforts

VIDEO: Marine ACVs Make Operational Premiere in Balikatan 2024 Exercise

Amphibious combat vehicles attached to Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, drive in formation back to the amphibious landing dock USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) following a waterborne gunnery live-fire training during Exercise Balikatan 24 in Oyster Bay, Philippines, May 4, 2024. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphibious Combat Vehicles disembarked from USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and into Philippine waters during Balikatan 2024 over the weekend, marking the maiden...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/07/video-marine-acvs-makes-operational-premiere-in-balikatan-2024-exercise

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2024

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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 May 6, 2024, 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 DeployedUnderway
295
(USS 235, USNS 60)
97
(USS 65, USNS 32)
74
(49 Deployed, 25 Local)

In Japan

Sailors simulate manning an aircraft...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/06/usni-news-fleet-and-marine-tracker-may-6-2024

Marines, Navy Crafting Long-Term Fixes for Amphibious Warship Shortages

The sun rises over the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 12, 2024. US Marine Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the long-term future for the amphibious fleet is secured with a Navy commitment to 31 amphibious warships in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget, the short-term problem of getting Marines to sea is less settled.
Maintenance issues with the Navy’s aging Wasp-class big-deck amphibious warships and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have abbreviated Marine...

Marines, Navy Crafting Long-Term Fixes for Amphibious Warship Shortages

The sun rises over the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 12, 2024. US Marine Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the long-term future for the amphibious fleet is secured with a Navy commitment to 31 amphibious warships in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget, the short-term problem of getting Marines to sea is less settled.
Maintenance issues with the Navy’s aging Wasp-class big-deck amphibious warships and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have abbreviated Marine...

30 Sailors, Marines Injured in LCAC ‘Incident’ During Wasp ARG, 24th MEU Training Off Florida

USS Wasp (LHD-1), with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is underway in the Atlantic Ocean during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), on April 21, 2024. US Marine Corps Photo

An “incident” off Florida on Wednesday evening involving two Navy air-cushioned landing craft, or LCACs, left 30 sailors and Marines with injuries, including five treated at a Georgia hospital, the Navy announced late Thursday.

The service began its investigation into the mishap, which happened off...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/02/30-sailors-marines-injured-in-lcac-incident-during-wasp-arg-24th-meu-training-off-florida

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