Truman Carrier Strike Group Relieves Eisenhower

Story Number: NNS100628-06Release Date: 6/28/2010 3:04:00 PM
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From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will relieve the Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG as Commander, Task Force 50 July 2, beginning a routine deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).

Under Task Force 50, Truman CSG will conduct close air support missions in support of coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the AOR.

Eisenhower CSG has operated in the 5th Fleet AOR since Jan. 25 with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 aircraft flying 2,970 combat sorties and 17,730 cumulative flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

"The Eisenhower Strike Group has done a great job supporting the troops on the ground in Afghanistan and executing maritime security operations," said Rear Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, CSG 8. "We leave knowing that Eisenhower, CVW 7, and all the ships in our Ike '5-star' team have worked hard to improve security and stability in the region."

Ships of the Eisenhower CSG performed multiple missions while in the 5th Fleet AOR, which included deterring piracy, protecting critical infrastructure, partnering with critical allies, and conducting MSO throughout the region.

"Our Sailors have shown tremendous dedication and commitment during this deployment and are ready now to head home to their family and friends," said Capt. Dee Mewbourne, commanding officer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). "We have every confidence that Truman will continue to work just as effectively to improve the security and stability in this part of the world through the outstanding professionalism of their Sailors."

"The Eisenhower Strike Group's performance in the 5th Fleet and their support for Soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan has been superb. We have big footsteps to follow in," said Rear Adm. Pat Driscoll, commander, CSG 10. "The Sailors and Marines of the Truman Strike Group are fully ready and anxious to begin this important tasking."

The Truman CSG deployed May 21 from its homeport of Norfolk, Va., and includes Carrier Strike Group 10, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS Normandy (CG 60), Destroyer Squadron 26, USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS Ross (DDG 71), Carrier Air Wing 3 and its associated squadrons; Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 "Gunslingers," VFA 32 "Swordsmen," VFA 37 "Ragin Bulls," Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 "Checkerboards," Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 "Seahawks," Electronic Attack Squadron 130 "Zappers," and Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 7 "Dusty Dogs."

Eisenhower will return to its homeport of Norfolk, Va.

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7/8/2010 3:05:00 AM
I am so happy that my Son is on his way home on the IKE. I prayed everyday for him and all the crew to be kept safe on this deployment. I am proud of him and all the other sailors who make these sacrifices without question. I would also like to thank the TRUMAN Crew for relieving the IKE. May they stay safe and strong.

7/4/2010 5:57:00 PM
Hello to the Truman and IKE crew. I would like to say "yay" my huaband is returning, but at the same time my heart aches for the family and friends on the Truman. It is very hard to say good bye to someone you love unconditionally. My prayers go out to each and everyone on the Truman and may you guys have a safe return.

7/4/2010 11:05:00 AM
Jake were very proud of you!!!!! Be safe cant wait to see ya when ya get back man!! lookin forward to it!! LOVE YA MAN!!! DAD,And the rest of us Guppys

7/4/2010 10:46:00 AM
Happy 4th and thank you to all the sailors and marines aboard Harry S Truman. Stay safe and come home to us soon.Special shout out to the devil dogs of vmfa 312 semper fi

7/1/2010 11:56:00 PM
Least we forget fellow Americans. The Job these Sailors do is HARD, Dangerous, and absolutely the Most Honorable thing they can do for their country and their fellow citizens. To the Truman fair winds and following seas Stay safe and strong. To the IKE thank you for your Service, Sacrifice,and Honor Stay safe and see you soon.

7/1/2010 7:32:00 PM
God Bless the men and women aboard the Truman! This coming from an ex truman sailor, let me tell you that being on board CVN 75 is not something you forget!

7/1/2010 6:36:00 PM
Just wanted to say Love-A-Dub to my son who is an HS-7 "Dusty Dog". We love you and are praying for all of you.

7/1/2010 3:22:00 PM
So proud of all the men and women in the military and very grateful my son is on his way home.

7/1/2010 1:06:00 PM
My husband is on the Truman I look forward to the day he comes home. Take care everyone out there and stay safe!!!!!

7/1/2010 12:51:00 PM
Well, my husband deployed on the IKE but unfortunately he won't be coming home with the ship... they have cross-decked him to the Truman to help out for an extra few months :( I'm pretty disappointed, but hey... what's another couple of months at this point?! I'm so proud of him and all the other brave sailors!

7/1/2010 10:47:00 AM
hello???????????????the person who ask about the ike return day she or he's new about the security think????????????even asking ona military webside we all know about the close your mouth when some one ask u about the return or depart day so if u got a friend that you can call and ask do it but no in any webside thank u

7/1/2010 8:28:00 AM
Good luck to those on the USS Truman! Thank you for relieving my hubby's ship. I'm longing for a HUGE hug soon! I'm proud of our men and women fighting for our country!

6/30/2010 8:40:00 PM
I hope and pray for a safe deployment and return for everyone with the Truman Strike Group. But Im also very happy that my husband will be returning home soon,who is aboard IKE. This is the longest Ive been seperated from him and I am ready to have him back.

6/30/2010 8:01:00 PM
Ever heard of a beautiful thing called OPSEC?!?! Didnt think so. Sorry, Anonymous, you wont find out here

6/30/2010 4:05:00 PM
I am not too happy at all that my husband is on USS Harry Truman, I'd give anything in this world to have him right here next to me right now. That being said I am proud to say my husband Job is to protect us....all of us. That's the only comfort I find in any of this. I am praying for a smooth deployment and safe return for all the men and woman on The USS Harry Truman. We 3 and Miss You GC

6/30/2010 9:36:00 AM
Can anyone tell me when the Ike is scheduled to get back to Norfolk?

6/30/2010 2:54:00 AM
Glad I'm on the IKE, and going home.

6/29/2010 2:11:00 PM
Yeah, i'm glad you're happy that your son is going to the Middle East, however, i'm sure there are plenty of parents and WIVES that aren't.

6/29/2010 7:28:00 AM
That all sailors, men and women attached to the Truman Carrier Strike Group return safely home into the arms of love ones.

6/28/2010 7:35:00 PM
We are glad that our son is on the USS Harry S. Truman.

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USS Harry S. Truman enters the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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June 21, 2010
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