USN Expeditionary Strike Groups - 2005

    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.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.
    Expeditionary Strike Group 1 (ESG-1) San Diego. 14Apr'05 - group exercises.  
    July 22 - arrived Pearl Harbor enroute to western Pacific deployment. 
    Spends VJ Day in Darwin.  Into Med 12Sep. Exercise in Arabian Sea 16 Nov
      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. 
    Returned from Afganistan 18Sept'04. 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.
    Warships deployed 20Aug'04. Aphibious ships are on ready status.  Saipan to Haiti Feb'05.
      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. 27Feb05 reload 31th MEU for return.
      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
    
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 5 (ESG-5) Based in San Diego; 
    embarked AV-8B Harriers  Deployed 7Dec'04.
     Offload 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Kaiwait, Feb 23 . Relaod and depart April 24.
      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 - 25Oct'04 training off east coast.
     Feb'05 certified for deployment. 25Mar 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
    Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
    Bataan (LHD 5) - Nov'04 returns to fleet from 6-month maintenance.
    
    Boxer deployed 29Apr05 San Diego for Western Pacific. Returned Sep14.
      Boxer (LHD 4) 	
      John Paul Jones (DDG 56 )   
    
    Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group departed Norfolk May 5 for Haiti for a month.
    Exercise prior to deployment Sept 22 . Oct 31 loading equip of 22MEU as ESG-8.
    Transit Suez Nov 26.
      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 Aug 25.
      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
      Peleiu (LHA-5)		Port Royal (CG-73)
      Germantown (LSD-42)	Gonzales (DDG-66)
      Ogden (LPD-5) 		Reuben James (FFG-57)
      11th Marine Exp Unit  	Laboon (DDG-58)
      TACron 11, HSCron 21	Reuben James (FFG-57)
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) Based in San Diego. Return from Iraq 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)
    
    

    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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