USN Expeditionary Strike Groups

    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. Although the same ships tend to operate together, these ships are assigned to an ESG number label at each deployment. It is easier to use (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
    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 Sinapore.
    20Feb - return
      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.
    
    Task Force Lebanon. Formed there Sept 6.
      Wasp (LHD-1)       		Hue City (CG-66)
      Kanawha (AO-196) civilian	Barry (DDG-52)  
      
    
    Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (Amphibious Ready Group, Task Force 76) forward deployed 
    at Sasebo, Japan. HQ Okinawa.  Jan 26 visit Guam.
    Feb visit Philippines. Feb 18 head to provide relief at Leyte mudslide. Home 6 Dec.
      Essex  (LHD 2)  *
      Juneau (LPD 10)
      Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)
      Tortuga (LSD 46)  (arrived 12Apr'06)
      Fort McHenry (LSD 43) (to LittleCreek)
      31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
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      * -The Essex sickbay is bigger, better equipped and manned than a carrier
    
    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)
    
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 5 (ESG-5) Based in San Diego; return Exercise Aug. 
    16Sep Deploys. 9Nov arrive Persian Gulf
      Boxer (LHD 4) 	Bunker Hill (CG-52)   		 (SSN)
      Dubuque (LPD 8)     	Benfold (DDG 65)         Modgett (WHEC 726) USCGC
      Comstock (LSD 45)    	Howard (DDG 83)          15th Marine Expeditionary Unit	
    			Ottawa (FFH-341) RCN  	 PhibRon 5
    
    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.
    
    Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group Eight.  Norfolk . 
      26Nov'05 Transit Suez outbound, 11Apr'06 on way home. 4May returned.
      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 Group3  (ESG-3)  Based in San Diego.  Dec'05 - Training for deployment. 
    Jan'06 Certified for deployment. Feb 15 depart for Persian Gulf. .Apr-Behrain. July- headed home
      Peleliu (LHA-5)		Port Royal (CG-73)
      Germantown (LSD-42)    	Gonzalez (DDG-68)
      Ogden (LPD-5) 		Reuben James (FFG-57)
      11th Marine Exp Unit  	TACron 11, HSCron 21	
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 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)
    
     ARG. 2nd Fleet, Atlantic. Jan'06.  Preparing for deployment. Expeditionary Strike Group deploys June 8. 
    July 4 enter Suez Canal.  July 18 to Lebanon. Nov 19 thru Suez starting home. Arrived Dec 6.
      LHD 7 Iwo Jima  		 
      LPD 13 Nashville		Philippine Sea (CG-58)
      LSD 41 Whidbey Island         Albuquerque (SSN- 706)
      24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
      Trenton (LPD 14) and  Swift (HSV 2) have also joined the strike group off Lebanon. 
    
       LSD-51 Oak Hill, based at Little Creek,   deployed 24Jan'06.
        CG-69 Vicksburg	left Mayport 25Jan'06
        DDG-80 Roosevelt, Mayport.   
    
    Bataan Expeditionary Strike group (ESG)
      Bataan (LHD 5) 
      Shreveport (LPD 12)	deployed 4Jan'07
    26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
    

    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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