The Naval Update Map shows the approximate current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) and Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs), based on available open-source information. No classified or operationally sensitive information is included in this weekly update. CSGs and ARGs are the keys to U.S. dominance over the world's oceans. A CSG is centered on an aircraft carrier, which projects U.S. naval and air power and supports a Carrier Air Wing (CVW). The CSG also includes significant offensive strike capability. An ARG is centered on three amphibious warfare ships, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked. An MEU, in turn, is built around a heavily reinforced and mobile battalion of Marines.
Carrier Strike Groups
- The USS John C. Stennis is underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOR) in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region.
- The USS Abraham Lincoln is underway in the Atlantic Ocean for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).
Amphibious Ready Groups/Marine Expeditionary Units
- The USS Essex is on a scheduled port visit to Phuket, Thailand, while underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security.
- The USS Kearsarge is underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region.
- The USS Boxer is underway in the Pacific Ocean for amphibious exercises.
- The USS Wasp is underway in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.