The fleet reorganized in 2004 separating the Battle Fleet into independent
Carrier Strike Groups   and
Expeditionary Strike Groups.

USN Battle Groups

  1. KITTY HAWK CV -63   The "Battle Cat" is forward deployed with Sasabo, Japan.
  2. ENTERPRISE CVN-65   Training out of Norfolk after extended maintence. Deployed. . Returned.
  3. KENNEDY CV -67   Florida. Likely to retire '06 or when Bush is launched. decommissioned 23 Mar'2007.
  4. NIMITZ CVN-68   San Diego, Surge till Mar after Gulf tour.
  5. EISENHOWER CVN-69   Norfolk. Excercising after 3-year overhaul. Deploys 3 Oct;06
  6. VINSON CVN-70   "Gold Eagle", Bremerton, WA. 15Nov'05 into drydock Norfolk for 3-year refuel and major overhaul.
  7. ROOSEVELT CVN-71 , Norfolk.   1Sep'05 deployed as CSG-2 in Gulf area making air strikes on terrorists. February, heading home..
  8. LINCOLN CVN-72   Returned Everett, Wash. 12Mar'05.
      Carrier Strike Group 9
      CVN-71   Abraham Lincoln 
         Carrier Air Wing Two.
      CG-67    USS Shiloh
      DDG-65   USS Benfold
      DDG-86   USS Shoup
      SSN-724  USS Louisville
      AOE-7    USS Rainier
      
  9. WASHINGTON CVN-73   Norfolk, Completed drydock Sep'05. Nov '06 Yard for new information and weapons systes. To forward deploy to Yokosuka, Japan, replacing Kitty Hawk in 2008.
  10. STENNIS CVN-74   Bremerton, WA. Sea Training/Qualifications Feb'06.
  11. TRUMAN CVN-75   Norfolk. To go into Yard period Jan'06, back Nov'06.
  12. REAGAN CVN-76     San Diego. 4Jan'06 deploys to western Pacific. Australia. Feb, Singapore
    The fleet reorganized in 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) San Diego. Jul'05 deployed western Pacific.
    16Nov'05 exercise in Arabian Sea. Jan'06 heading home. 24Jan'06 visits Ssinapore.
      Tarawa (LHA-1)	   	Chosin (CG-65)
      Cleveland (LPD-7)		Ingraham (FFG 61)
      Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) 	Gonzalez (DDG-66)
      13th Marine Expeditionary Unit      	Santa Fe (SSN-763)
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 2 consisting of East coast and Gulf ships. 
    To maintenance early'05.
      Wasp (LHD-1)      	Leyte Gulf (CG-55)	Connecticut (SSN-22)
      Whidbey (LSD-41)	McFaul (DDG-74)
      22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.
    
    
    Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group  (ESG)  Norfolk.
      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.  Jan 26 visit Guam.
      Essex  (LHD 2)  *
      Juneau (LPD 10)
      Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) 
      Fort McHenry (LSD 43) 
      31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
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      * -The Essex sickbay is bigger, better equipped and manned than a carrier
    
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 5 (ESG-5) Based in San Diego; 
      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  25Mar'05 deployed.
      Kearsarge (LHD 3)		Normandy (CG 60)	Scranton (SSN 756)
      Ashland  (LSD 48)		Gonzalez (DDG 66)
      Ponce   (LPD 15)		Kauffman (FFG 59)
      26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    
    Bataan (LHD 5) - Nov'04 returns to fleet from 6-month maintenance.
    
    Boxer deployed 29Apr05 San Diego for Western Pacific. Returned from Western Pacific 14Sep'05
      Boxer (LHD 4) 	
      John Paul Jones (DDG 56 )   
    
    Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group Eight.  Norfolk . 26Nov'05 Transit Suez.
      Nassau (LHA 4) 		Cape St. George (CG 71)	
    	with 22nd MEU.   	Winston Churchill (DDG 81)
      Austin (LPD 4)		Laboom (DDG 58)
      Carter Hall (LSD 50)  	Norfolk (SSN 714)
    
    Saipan Ready Group.  Deployed May;  returned 25Aug'05.
      USS Saipan (LHA 2)		 USS Nicholas (FFG 47) 
      USS Nashville (LPD 13)
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3  Based in San Diego.  Dec'05 - Training for deployment. Jan'06 Certified for deployment. Feb 15 depart for Persian Gulf.
      Peleiu (LHA-5)		Port Royal (CG-73)
      Germantown (LSD-42)	Gonzales (DDG-66)
      Ogden (LPD-5) 		Reuben James (FFG-57)
      11th Marine Exp Unit 	TACron 11, HSCron 21	
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) Based in San Diego. 
      Belleau Wood (LHA 3)	Mobile Bay (CG 53)	 Charlotte (SSN 766)
      Denver (LPD 9)	Preble (DDG 88)
      Comstock (LSD 45) 	Hopper (DDG 70)
    
      LHD 7 Iwo Jima.  ARG. 2nd Fleet, Atlantic. Jan'06.  Preparing for deployment.
    
       LSD-51 Oak Hill, based at Little Creek,   deployed 24Jan'06.
        CG-69 Vicksburg	left Mayport 25Jan'06
        DDG-80 Roosevelt, Mayport.   
    
    

    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 civilian crew and 60 sailors.

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