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 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
    Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) with San Antonio (LPD-17) as flagship of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) 
    established at Manama, Bahrain, 8 Jan '09  specifically for counter-piracy operations.  At this point14 nations have sent ships to counter piracy.
    
    Expeditionary Strike Group 1 (ESG-1) San Diego. 20Feb'06 Return from Arabian Sea.
    6Nov'07 Deploy.  May 3'08 Freemantle
      Tarawa (LHA-1)	Port Royal (CG-73)
      Cleveland (LPD-7)	Hopper (DDG 70)
      Germantown (LSD-42) 	Ingrahm (FFG-61)
      11th Marine Expeditionary Unit  
    
    
    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.
     
    
    Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (Amphibious Ready Group, Task Force 76) forward deployed 
    at Sasebo, Japan. HQ Okinawa.  
    Return from Leyte Relief 6 Dec '06.  Arrive Okinawa 20Jan'07. Mar'08 Spring Quals in Okinawa.
      Essex  (LHD 2)  *				John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
      Juneau (LPD 10)				Chafee (DDG 90)
      Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)
      Tortuga (LSD 46) 
      31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
      -----
      * -The Essex sickbay is bigger, better equipped and manned than a carrier
    
    Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group  (ESG)  Norfolk.
      Saipan  (LHA 2)decomm  	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; 
    16Sep'06 Deploys. 9Nov'06 arrive Persian Gulf.  31May'07 starts home.
      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 
    -----  25Jan'07 Predeployment exercise. Deployed Apri'07.  May'07 Arrived 5th Fleet. 
    June offloads 13 MEU. Oct'07 heads home. 
    Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) 	Chosin (CG 65)
    Denver (LPD 9)			Milius (DDG 69) 
    Rushmore (LSD 47)		Chung-Hoon (DDG 93)
    13th MEU			Phibron 7
    
    Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group,  KSG ESG  July'07 deployed. Jan'08 in Med, heading home.
      Kearsarge (LHD 3)		Porter (DDG 78)		Miami (SSN 755)
      Gunston Hall (LSD 44)		Carr (FFG 52)
      Ponce   (LPD 15)		
      22th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    
    Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group Eight.  Norfolk . 
      Nassau Strike Group (NASSG) Deployed Feb. 19-20 to 5th and 6th Fleet areas. 
      Amphibious Squadron Six		Philippine Sea (CG 58
      Nassau (LHA 4)  			Bulkeley (DDG 84)
      Nashville (LPD 13)			Ross (DDG 71)
      Ashland (LSD 48)  			Albany (SSN 753)
    
    Peleliu (LHA-5) Departs 23May'07 on 4-month humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia and Oceania.
    Returned 20Sept'07.  4May'08 Deploy.  4Nov'08 returned
    	Peleliu (LHA-5)		Cape St. George (CG-71)
    	Dubuque (LPD-8)		Halsey (DDG-97)
    	Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)	Benfold (DDG-65)
    
    Belleau Wood 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 .  6 Dec'06 Arrived home from deployment.
      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) had also joined the strike group off Lebanon. 
      
    Oak Hill (LSD-51), based at Little Creek,   deployed 24Jan'06.
        CG-69 Vicksburg	left Mayport 25Jan'06
        DDG-80 Roosevelt, Mayport.   
    
    Bataan Expeditionary Strike group (ESG). Deployed 4Jan'07. Suez 30Jan. 1June'07 starts home. Yard time. 5May returns to fleet. 
      Bataan (LHD 5) 		
    

    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.

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