Carrier Strike Group - List of Carrier Strike Groups

List of Carrier Strike Groups

The Navy maintains 11 carrier strike groups, 10 of which are based in the United States and one that is permanently homeported in Japan. They were all redesignations of former Carrier Groups (CarGrus) and Cruiser-Destroyer Groups (CCDGs). The Fleet Response Plan requires that six CSGs be deployed or ready for deployment within 30 days at any given time, while two additional groups must be ready for deployment within 90 days. The Navy typically keeps at least one CSG in the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Southwest Asia and one in the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific at all times. CSGs operate in the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, and U.S. Fourth Fleet around the South American continent as they transit to from other areas. CSG Commanders report to their respective numbered-fleet commander, depending on where they are operating. When not deployed overseas west coast CSGs report to U.S. Third Fleet.

Carrier Strike Group Last Assigned Aircraft Carrier Carrier air wing Destroyer Squadron Homeport Notes
Carrier Strike Group One (formerly CarGru 1) USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Carrier Air Wing Seventeen DESRON-1 Naval Air Station North Island
Carrier Strike Group Two (formerly CarGru 2) USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) Carrier Air Wing Eight DESRON-22 Naval Station Norfolk
Carrier Strike Group Three (formerly CarGru 3) USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Carrier Air Wing Nine DESRON-21 Naval Base Kitsap
Carrier Strike Group Four Became Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic between July 2005 and February 2006
Carrier Strike Group Five (formerly CarGru 5) USS George Washington (CVN-73) Carrier Air Wing Five DESRON-15 Fleet Activities Yokosuka
Carrier Strike Group 6 (formerly CarGru 6) USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) CVW-17 Naval Station Mayport
Carrier Strike Group Seven (formerly CarGru 7) USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Carrier Air Wing Fourteen DESRON-7 Naval Air Station North Island
Carrier Strike Group Eight (formerly CarGru 8) USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Carrier Air Wing Seven DESRON-28 Naval Station Norfolk
Carrier Strike Group Nine (formerly CCDG 3) USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Carrier Air Wing Two DESRON-9 Naval Base San Diego
Carrier Strike Group Ten (formerly CCDG 2) USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Carrier Air Wing Three DESRON-26 Naval Station Norfolk
Carrier Strike Group Eleven (formerly CCDG 5) USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Carrier Air Wing Eleven DESRON-23 Naval Air Station North Island
Carrier Strike Group Twelve (formerly CCDG 8) DESRON-2 Naval Station Norfolk
Carrier Strike Group Fourteen (formerly CCDG 12) Naval Station Mayport
Carrier Strike Group Fifteen (formerly CCDG 1) Disestablished 21 March 2005 – Pacific coast

Currently USS Theodore Roosevelt does not have an embarked CSG since the carrier is currently going through its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). Carrier Strike Group Four was redesignated alongside the other groups in 2004, but has since been redesignated Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic. Carrier Strike Group Six was established from Carrier Group Six with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) at Naval Station Mayport in 2004, but seems to have since been disestablished. Carrier Strike Group Fifteen has been disestablished, and its flagship, the carrier Ronald Reagan, was re-assigned to Carrier Strike Group Seven.

On 1 August 2011, the U.S. Navy announced that Carrier Strike Group Nine will change its permanent duty station from Naval Station Everett to Naval Base San Diego effective 14 December 2012. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) will be re-assigned as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group Nine following the de-activation of Carrier Strike Group Seven. Abraham Lincoln will shift its homeport from Everett, Washington, to Newport News, Virginia, for its Refueling and Complex Overhaul in August 2012. The deactivation of Carrier Strike Group Seven effective 30 December 2011 reflects the U.S. Navy's future budgetary reductions and the reduced availability of its operational carrier fleet and carrier air wings.

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