Carrier USS Harry S. Truman Returns to the Mediterranean

November 19, 2018 3:14 PM
In the Mediterranean Sea, Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Charles Block mans the lee helm in the bridge aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Navy photo.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) has returned to the Mediterranean Sea, after spending the early Fall north of the Arctic Circle and taking a month-long break from deployment in July.

Earlier this week, Truman passed through the Strait of Gibraltar after spending four days visiting Lisbon, Portugal. In early summer, Truman was operating in the Mediterranean before returning to Norfolk for a month as a test of the Navy’s new dynamic force employment model.

Returning to Norfolk in the middle of the deployment was intended to inject unpredictability to the Navy’s carrier strike group operations. Sending the Truman CSG home for a month also meant for the first time in more than a decade an East Coast-based CSG did not operate in the Red Sea or the Persian Gulf while on deployment.

After the break, called a “working port visit” by the Navy, the Truman CSG returned to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations but spent about a month in the high latitudes, taking part in October’s Trident Juncture exercise in and around Norway. Also in October, Truman became the first U.S. carrier to cross into the Arctic Circle in nearly three decades, testing how well the Navy can perform outside of warm-water regions.

In the Mediterranean Sea, an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

Now in the Mediterranean, Truman is joined by other elements of its carrier strike group, including Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG-99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51). Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) is also part of the CSG.

Harry S. Truman will continue to foster cooperation with regional allies and partners, strengthen regional stability, and remain vigilant, agile and dynamic,” a Navy statement said.

Ben Werner

Ben Werner

Ben Werner is a staff writer for USNI News. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University.

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