posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 11:15 PM
Standard scheduled task force level deployments in the US Navy are broken down between Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESG) and Carrier Strike Groups
(CSG). These are standard 6 month deployments on a rotating schedule. Currently the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, the Iwo Jima Expeditionary
Strike Group, and Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group are deployed on their 6 month deployments. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to
deploy on Tuesday.
Broken down it looks like this:
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group
Deployed: June 6, 2006
USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)
USS Nashville (LPD 13)
USS Whidbey Island ('___' 41)
USS Philippine Sea (CG 58)
USS Bulkeley (DDG 84)
USS Cole (DDG 67)
USS Albuquerque (SSN 706)
Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group
Deployed: September 13, 2006
USS Boxer (LHD 4)
USS Dubuque (LPD 8)
USS Comstock ('___' 45)
USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)
USS Benfold (DDG 65)
USS Howard (DDG 83)
USCG Midgett (WHEC 726)*
HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341)**
*Coast Guard Cutter is apart of Strike Group
**Canadian Frigate is apart of Strike Group
Enterprise Carrier Strike Group
Deployed: May 2, 2006
USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55)
USS McFaul (DDG 74)
USS Nicholas (FFG 47)
USS Alexandria (SSN 757)
USNS Supply (T-AOE 6)
The Iwo Jima Strike Group was deployed to relieve the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, which returned home on August 16, 2006. The Enterprise
Carrier Strike Group was deployed to relieve the Reagan Carrier Strike Group which returned home on July 6, 2006.
The Enterprise Carrier Strike is scheduled to start coming home in a few weeks, on schedule, so the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is leaving Tuesday
These are all scheduled Strike Group deployments. The next carrier after the Eisenhower is the Stennis Carrier Strike Group, which is currently
scheduled to deploy in January 07. The next ESG scheduled to leave is the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group, which leaves in late October.
For hot spots like the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Middle East you also typically get what is called a "surge" deployment. Over the last
year+, there have been 5 "surge" deployments to the Middle East. The first was the a major surge on May 25, 2005 through August 25, 2005. It
included the USS Saipan (LHA 2), USS Nashville (LPD 13), USS Gunston Hall ('___' 44), USS Nicholas (FFG 47), and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).
The second came on January 24, 2006, when the Navy surged the USS Oak Hill ('___' 51), Vicksburg (CG 69), and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) for a 4 month
deployment, they returned on May 31, 2006.
The third came on April 18, 2006 the USS Trenton (LPD-14) and USS Hue City (CG 66) departed on their surge deployment to relieve the Oak Hill Task
Force. The USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) was apart of that surge as well, but departed with the USS Enterprise Strike Group on May 2, 2006 for the
trip to the Middle East.
The USS Trenton returned on September 21, 2006 when it was relieved by the USS Saipan (LHA 2), the 4th surge deployment. The USS Saipan is now
conducting operations around the Persian Gulf with the USS James E. Williams.
While returning, the USS Trenton assisted in the evacuation of Lebanon, which extended its deployment. The USS Trenton was relieved by the 5th surge
deployment which consisted of the USS Wasp, which departed on August 25, 2006 for operations around Lebanon. The USS Hue City had its surge deployment
extended, and is now in the Med with the USS Wasp and USS Barry (DDG 52). The USS Barry is one of the ships currently apart of the American
contribution to the NATO Standing Force in Europe, the other ships are USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Elrod (FFG 55), and USS Boone (FFG 28).
The US Navy ships currently apart of the 5th Fleet include the ships of the Iwo Jima ESG, Enterprise CSG, USS Saipan, and USS John E Williams. They
operate as apart of the 5th Fleet in one of 3 different Task Forces.
Combined Task Forces 152 and 150 both support Operation Enduring Freedom and include forces from France, Germany, the United States, the Netherlands,
Pakistan, Italy and the United Kingdom. Combined Task Force 152 patrols the central and southern Persian Gulf. Combined Task Force 150 patrols the
Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Rarely does a US officer command Combined Task Force
150, but a U.S. officer always commands Combined Task Force 152, which has only U.S. forces assigned to it.
Combined Task Force 58 is in the northern Persian Gulf protecting the Iraq oil terminals. It is made up of forces from Australia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom, the United States and Iraq. Combined Task Force 58 is currently led by an Australian Navy officer and directly supports Operation
Iraqi Freedom. All Task Forces are on a rotation for commanding officers, much like they are on a rotation for ships.
Keep in mind, once a strike group reaches its deployment location it usually breaks up, and elements of a strike group are often deployed in different
task forces. This is particularly true of ESGs. Example, the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) is the flagship of Task Force 58, the USS Iwo Jima is the
flagship for Task Force 152, and the USS Cole is currently apart of Task Force 150.
This is done for several reasons. Example, the assets individually merge with other US Navy and multinational warships to become a combined force.
Additionally, it allows the ESG commander to coordinate information from across the area of operations, allowing the US Navy to bridge communications
from individual Task Forces into theater command and back down to the unit level as required by contingency.
There are several areas where DDGs and FFGs deploy solo. Examples would be the Pacific Rim, Africa, Europe, and South America. These deployments
usually involve narcotics patrols, commerce patrol, and multinational exercises to build cooperation at sea with other countries. Ships currently on
these types of patrols not including forward deployed ships not including NATO or Japan include:
USS Halsey (DDG 97) - Pacific
USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) - South America - Caribbean/Atlantic
USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) - South America - Caribbean/Atlantic
USS Curts (FFG 38) - South America - Eastern Pacific
Data is open source, provided by the US Navy, current as of September 24th, and collected by me (job).