USN Expeditionary Strike Groups

    The Battle Fleet is organized, since 2004, as independent Carrier Strike Groups and Expeditionary Strike Groups. The new ESG has great independence of operation and consists of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the addition of a supporting cruiser, destroyers and submarine. Although the same ships tend to operate together, these ships are assigned to an ESG label at each deployment. It is easier to use name (Flagship) Strike Group. 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
    
    Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) Chosin (CG 65) relieves San Antonio (LPD-17) 6Nov'09 as flagship of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) 
    established at Manama, Bahrain, 8 Jan '09  specifically for counter-piracy operations.  
    Fourteen nations have sent ships to counter piracy and rotate command. 
    	Vella Gulf (CG 72)	Mahan (DDG 72)	
    	Monterey (CG 61)	Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1)
    28June'09 Anzio (CG 68) relieved Gettysburg (CG 64) as the flagship. 
    
    
    Essex Amphibious Readiness Group (EsxARG) Based in San Diego;  Deploys 12May'15, arrive 5th Jun'15. Begin return 1Nov.
        Essex (LHD 2) 	
        Rushmore (LSD 47)	      
        Anchorage (LSD 23)      
        15th Marine Expeditionary Unit 
    
    Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group,  KSG ESG  Deploys 13Aug'10 Pakistani relief. 2Mar'11 departs to Med towards Libya  16May'11 home. 
    Deployed to Med 11Mar'13. ...  Arrived 1Nov'15.
       Kearsarge (LHD 3)				
       Carter Hall (LSD 50)		
       San antonio (LPD 17)			
       26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    
    Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group (BoxARG) Based in San Diego; 
    BoxerReturned Oct'11. Deployed 22Feb'11 for WestPac; arrives 6Mar'11.      26Aug'13 AGR deploys. Returned 24Apr'14. Deploys 12Feb'16.
        Boxer (LHD 4) 	
        New Orleans (LPD 18)	      
        Harper's Ferry (LSD 49)      
        13th Marine Expeditionary Unit 
    
    Peleliu (LHA-5) Amphibious Ready Group  of ESG 7    
    19Sep'12 deploys. AUG'14 deploys for PHIBLEX
    	Peleliu (LHA-5)		
    	Gramantown (LPD-42)	
            31st MEU 
    
    Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (Amphibious Ready Group)-- 5Nov'10 Into Yard period.  Exercises Oct'11. 
    To forward deployed to Sasabo, Japan, replacing Essex. HQ Okinawa.  
    Feb'11 Thailand.  18Mar'11 Disaster Relief. May'12 Essex to San Francisco. 24Jan'13 to Thailand. 17Feb'14 deploys for exercises. Apr'15 completes 3-month exercise
        Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)	
        Green Bay (LPD-20)  2015.    Denver LPD 9 Decomm Sep'14.			
        Ashland (LSD-48)
        31st Marine Expeditionary Unit 
    
    Iwo Jima ARG. 2nd Fleet, Atlantic . 26Aug'08 Deployed , 25Mar'09 Returned . Deployed 27Mar'12. Return 18Dec'12. 2014 to relocate to Mayport Aug'14. Deployed
      Iwo Jima  (LHD 7) 				 
      New York  (LPD 21)
      Fort McHenry (LSD 43)
      24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    
    Makin Island Expditionary Strike Group 3  Deploys 14Nov'2011. Relieves Bataan group 10Jan'12. Deploys 25Jul'14. 
    Returned 25F4eb'15
        Makin Island (LHD 8)
        Comstock (LSD 45)
        San Diego (LPD 22)
        11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
    
    Oak Hill (LSD-51), based at Little Creek,   
        CG-69 Vicksburg	
        DDG-80 Roosevelt, Mayport.   
    
    Bataan Expeditionary Strike group (ESG). 
           March 2011 to deploy early from Norfolk to Med (Libya) to relieve Kearsarge ARG.
           Deploys April'11. Relieved by Makin Island group 10Jan'12. 
           Deploys 08Feb'14 to 5th and 6th Fleet. Return 31Oct'14.
    	 Bataan (LHD- 5)
    	 Mesa Verde (LPD-19)
    	 Gunthen Hall (LSD-44)
    	 22nd MEU 
    
    Wasp (LHD-1)  Employed to test new systems:  MV-22B Osprey, then F-35B.
    To decomm fy'13.  not happen 
    Six month deployment 2016, home to Norfolk 24Dec'16.  To Sasabo 2017.
    
    
    
    

    Military Sealift Command operates more than 114 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 civilian crew and 60 sailors.
    Dock in a ship type implies a mother ship : LHD, LPD, LSD.

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