NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS George H.W Bush (CVN 77) permanently embarked its strike group, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, for the first time Sept. 20.
The embarkation marked yet another first in the short history of George H.W. Bush as CSG 2's staff of 75 personnel, including Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, CSG 2, joined the team aboard America's newest aircraft carrier prior to a scheduled underway period that will further combine the assets and personnel of CSG 2.
"This is the first time a flag (staff) has embarked Bush. This is really the first opportunity to begin working together as a team, and it is one of the steps on the road to deployment," said Tyson. "You guys have a great ship, a great crew and I'm pretty honored to be on board and be a part of it."
Prior to embarking aboard George H.W. Bush, the CSG 2 staff deployed for three months in 2010 to support Operation Unified Response in Haiti and also served as strike group for USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on its most recent deployment.
"It's great," said Tyson, who assumed command of CSG 2 in July 2010. "I love going to sea. I'm really looking forward to it, and I'm happy to be back on a ship again."
The George H.W. Bush Strike Group will conduct a series of training exercises and certifications at sea during the next several months as it prepares for its maiden deployment in 2011.
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