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US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map – September 3, 2018


This is the newst update of the ‘U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map’ exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map – September 3, 2018

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. It’s composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the world’s oceans.



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  • Matt Lazarus

    Always interesting to see how little time US aircraft carriers spend at sea. This is probably a consequence of the exorbitant cost of sea-going operations. It could also be a result of massive amount of in-port maintenance work these ships require. These “land-based” aircraft carriers have been an incredible rip-off of US taxpayers.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      better at home than causing trouble out there :))

    • testera

      Battleship Yamato was jokingly referred to as Hotel Yamato, because it spent lots of time in port. Aircraft carriers made battleships obsolete, and have taken their place as the biggest and baddest ships (also, floating hotels).

    • Jens Holm

      People here always tlk about money.

      Facts are that parts of the Hangar jobs are replaced by satelites, drones and internet. Nothing wrong here, when I can replace with better and cheeper.

      • Sinbad2

        So they build billion dollar ships they are not going to use?
        I’m sure that makes sense to you.

        • Jens Holm

          I did not write that at all.

          The new ones are not like the old ones.

    • Sinbad2

      Only lately, only a couple of years ago they had every ocean covered.
      The US is bankrupt, and cannot afford to put its ships to sea.
      The same thing happened prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • Ivan Freely

    Surprised none are heading to Syria.

    • zman

      The US knows they would be floating targets, hence none are there. Iran already let the US know that they would make artificial reefs out of them in a conflict. As I told a troll who kept going on about how Iran could never be a power because it had no real air force, planes will be obsolete soon, except for support. Main attacks and ‘softening up’ is now done by missiles(since GW1). Iran made a wise choice developing new missiles and thousands of them. Easier, cheaper to produce stand-off weapons than aircraft…and no pilots needed.

      • Jens Holm

        Thats not even the points. Far out.

        I wonder why somebody should be a troll in that context at all.

  • Sinbad2

    Still too scared to enter the Persian Gulf.
    I had to laugh when the Americans sent the French carrier into the gulf.

    • Jens Holm

      Its not about scared. Its about having, making and avoiding confrontations.