USN Battle Groups

Supporting ships are not known until deployment and can receive other assignments before and during deployments. Units shown in gray were together on the last deployment.
  1. KITTY HAWK CV -63   The "Battle Cat" is forward deployed and returned to its homeport, Sasabo, Japan, in early Dec'03. Jan. she passed quals with outstanding. April'04 tour east. July sails. Sept returned.
  2. ENTERPRISE CVN-65   Deployed Oct '03 to Arabian Sea flying combat missions. Returned 29Feb04. NATO exercises June'04. Return July 20. Extended maint 10Sept04-Sum'05
  3. KENNEDY CV -67   Florida, completed a year of overhaul, returned from training 11Nov'03. Pre-deployment exercises Feb21-Mar'04. Deployed to Persian Gulf June'04. On station July'04. Battle Fallujah, early Nov'04. Heads back 20 Nov'04.
  4. NIMITZ CVN-68   Returned to San Diego, 5 Nov03, after tour in Gulf. 1Mar04 began 6-month maintenance period. 23Aug Sea trials complete. 5Oct re-qualifies, operational. Group sail, 20Nov. Composite training - next
  5. EISENHOWER CVN-69   Norfolk. To refuel and overhaul May'01 till Nov'04. Certified sea worthy. Likely to deploy to Mediterranean in 2005.
  6. VINSON CVN-70   Returned to Bremerton, WA, 15Sep'03, after 6-month tour. Exercise Apr'04. Completes training Oct'04. Likely overhaul '05-'08.
  7. ROOSEVELT CVN-71   Returned to Norfolk in May'03 from Mid East. Likely to deploy to Mediterranean in 2005.
  8. LINCOLN CVN-72   Returned from extended tour in combat; to Everett, WA. 6May'03. Deploy west in 19Oct'04.
  9. WASHINGTON CVN-73   Norfolk, training in Atlantic, Dec'03, after overhaul. Deploy to Mediterranean 20Jan'04. Flying combat in Persian Gulf April. Return July'04
  10. STENNIS CVN-74   North Island (San Diego). Deploy and exercise to western Pacific May 24, 2004. Pearl July ; Japan Aug ; Malaysia Sept; Australia Oct ; return 1Nov'04.
  11. TRUMAN CVN-75   Returned to Norfolk from tour in Mediterranean, May'03. Completes exercises, Mediterranean 20June'04. Norfolk 26July'04. Deploy 13Oct'04. Take station Arabian Gulf 20Nov.
  12. REAGAN CVN-76     Commissioned 12July'03.
    Reagan is moving to her homeport in San Diego by circumnavigating South America. arrived 23July'04 ; sea trials Nov 6.
    These ships had been with the  retired Constellation.
      USS Valley Forge CG-50
      USS Bunker Hill CG-52
      USS Higgins DDG-76
      USS Milius DDG-69
      USS Thach FFG-43
      USS Columbia SSN-771

    The fleet is reorganizing for 2004 separating the Battle Fleet into independent Carrier Strike Groups and Expeditionary Strike Groups. The new ESG has greater independence of operation and consists of an Amphibious Ready Group with the addition of a supporting cruiser, destroyers and submarine. Six carrier strike groups can be deployed within 30 days; two more CSG can reinforce or rotate within three months.
    Expeditionary Strike Group 1 (ESG-1) approved for operations 8Aug'03. Based in
    San Diego, the group was training from Hawaii, returned 3March'04
      Germantown (LSD-42)   	Port Royal (CG-73)     Greenville (SSN-772)
      Peleliu (LHA-5)		Decatur (DDG-73)
      Ogden (LPD -5)		Jarrett (FFG-33)
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 2 consisting of East coast and Gulf ships. Deploys 17 Feb.
    Trains in Adriatic Sea in March. Arrives Afghanistan. Through Med 21Aug'04. Returns 18Sept.
      Wasp (LHD-1)		 Leyte Gulf (CG-55)	Connecticut (SSN-22)
      Whidbey (LSD-41)	 Yorktown (CG-48) decomm
     			 McFaul (DDG-74)
    22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) Based in San Diego; begins training 25Aug'03.  
    Deploy to Iraq June'04, arrives July 6. Return 24Oct'04.
      Belleau Wood (LHA 3)	Mobile Bay (CG 53)	 Charlotte (SSN 766)
      Denver (LPD 9)	Preble (DDG 88)
      Comstock (LSD 45) 	Hopper (DDG 70)
    
    Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group  (ESG) begins exercises 15Mar'04 from Norfolk.
    Warships deployed 20Aug'04. Aphibious ships are on ready status. 
      Saipan  (LHA 2)  	Hue City (CG 66)		Newport News (SSN 750)
      Trenton (LPD 14)	The Sullivans (DDG 68)
      Oak Hill (LSD 51)	Underwood (FFG 36)
    
    Essex Expeditionary Strike Group forward deployed at Sasebo, Japan.  To Northern Arabian Gulf 15Sept04 as ESG 3
      Essex  (LHD 2)  **
      Juneau (LPD 10)
      Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)
      Fort McHenry (LSD 43)  *not to NAG
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    ** -The Essex sickbay is bigger, better equipped and manned than a carrier
    
    Tarawa Amphibious Ready Group - returned from Horn of Africa Fall'03 for 6-mo
    maintenence. Sea trials Apr'04.
      USS Tarawa LHA-1
      USS Duluth LPD-6
      USS Rushmore LSD-47
      Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)
      Cleveland (LPD-7)
      Choisin (CG-65)
      John Paul Jones (DDG-54)
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 5 (ESG-5) Based in San Diego; 
    embarked AV-8B Harriers Aug'04. 16-day exercise Oct.  Deployed Dec 7.
      Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) 	Bunker Hill (CG-52)  Pasadena (SSN 752)
      Duluth (LPD 6)        	Milius (DDG 69)         Munro (WHEC 724) USCGC
      Rushmore (LSD 47)          	Thach (FFG 43)          15th Marine Expeditionary Unit	
    
    Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group,  KSG ESG - Oct 25, training at sea off east coast
      Kearsarge (LHD 3)		Normandy (CG 60)
      Ashland  (LSD 48)		Gonzalez (DDG 66)
      Ponce   (LPD 15)		Kauffman (FFG 59)
      26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to join next exercise.	
    
    Battaan (LHD 5) - Nov 10 returns to fleet from 6-month maintenance.
    

    Military Sealift Command operates more than 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish Navy ships at sea, chart ocean bottoms, conduct undersea surveillance, strategically pre-position combat cargo at sea around the world, and move 95 percent of military equipment and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces.
    * USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8), fast combat support ship, 754 feet, provides food, fuel, supplies and ammunition to a carrier strike group with 160 man civilian crew and 60 sailors.

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