The private intelligence firm Stratfor publishes a weekly report on the positioning of US Naval assets using non-classified, open source information available to the public. While this week’s report does not appear to contain any surprises, they can provide valuable insight into the movements of the primary means by which the United States projects its military power across the globe.
The complete report and graphic are republished here with permission of Stratfor:
U.S. Naval Update Map: June 6, 2013
The Naval Update Map shows the approximate current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups, 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 of 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, or CVW. The CSG includes significant offensive strike capability. An ARG is centered on three amphibious warfare ships, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked. An MEU is built around a heavily reinforced and mobile battalion of Marines.
Carrier Strike Groups
- The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG with CVW 7 embarked is conducting missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.
- The USS Nimitz CSG with CVW 11 embarked is conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR.
- The USS Carl Vinson is underway in the Pacific Ocean for routine training.
- The USS Harry S. Truman CSG with CVW 3 embarked is conducting a sustainment exercise in the Atlantic Ocean in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
Amphibious Ready Groups/Marine Expeditionary Units
- The USS Kearsarge ARG with the 26th MEU embarked is underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR supporting maritime security operations and conducting theater security cooperation efforts.
- The USS Wasp is underway in the Atlantic Ocean for routine training.
U.S. Naval Update Map: June 6, 2013 is republished with permission of Stratfor
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