USS George H.W. Bush Departs for Maiden Deployment

Story Number: NNS110511-07Release Date: 5/11/2011 11:29:00 AM
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From USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) departed for its maiden deployment May 11.

The strike group, led by the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and its nearly 6,000 Sailors; is scheduled to conduct operations in the U.S. Navy's 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.

The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.

Working with allied and partner maritime forces, GHWB CSG units will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts which help establish conditions for regional stability.

"The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is ready to go," said Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of GHWB CSG. "These Sailors have worked extremely hard over the last year and we are fully prepared to execute any and all tasking in support of the nation's maritime strategy."

The five ships and eight aircraft squadrons of GHWB CSG consist of approximately 6,000 Sailors who have spent the last year conducting intensive training and certification exercises to establish a safe, cohesive organization capable of performing a wide variety of missions across the globe, ranging from counter-piracy and ground support operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The George H.W. Bush Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57).

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6/2/2011 12:41:00 PM
My son is aboard the USS GEORGE H W BUSH and I am so very proud of him and all of the other men and women who are protecting our country. God bless you all and be safe.

5/26/2011 5:05:00 PM
My Son is Ensign Edwin C Thomas III aboard the USS George H.W. Bush CVN 77. I know it's only been a few weeks since he left, but I miss him. When my Son this month he "bye everybody I'll see you in 6,7,or8 months". Ed if you read this I couldn't be any prouder then I am right now. May God be with everybody on the Bush and Son I know your busy,but try to send me line or two. God Bless America keep all Sailors and soldiers safe.

5/17/2011 5:14:00 PM
My son serves with the Tridents aboard CVN77, tomorrow May 18th is his 21st birthday, his second birthay at sea, what a lucky sun of a gun. To my son and his shipmates thank you and God speed

5/17/2011 8:35:00 AM
To my sailor on CVN77, how proud we all are of you!!! Be safe, careful and wise.

5/16/2011 6:13:00 PM
I will be getting assigned to this ship in november does anyone know when they are returning? or how long their deployment is?

5/16/2011 4:04:00 PM
My son Patrick Green is on the USS George H. W. Bush and the city of Dayton, Ohio wishes him and crew members the best and all remain in our prayers.

5/16/2011 2:51:00 PM
Our nephew is on the USS GHW Bush. Good luck and stay safe!! We're very proud of your service. See you soon!!

5/16/2011 11:10:00 AM
my son left today for Norfolk and will be joining his squadron aboard the ship. miss you like crazy, safe travels and god speed to all the sailors for a quick journey.

5/15/2011 9:39:00 PM
Thanks for the sacrifices. May God Bless all the sailors! Be safe...

5/15/2011 8:34:00 PM
My son is on the USS Anzio. Be safe and God Bless. Can't wait for you to come home. Love you

5/15/2011 7:35:00 PM
Our Son Mike is on that ship and we could not be more proud of our Sailors! We got to visit for a entire week in VA from MI with the family, When mike is gone his little Son will be born,and his wife and daughter will miss him so besides a very big family, to all of our military thank you so much for your sacrafices daily, and May GOD bless each and everyone of you.

5/15/2011 6:26:00 PM
My son is on the USS George H.W. Bush and I pray for safe travels and a safe return back to us. God bless all of you and thank you for your service to allow us to sleep better at night.

5/15/2011 1:02:00 PM
My Son is on the USS George H.W.Bush.I love you,son.God keep you and all your fellow shipmates safe.

5/15/2011 5:27:00 AM
God bless America and God bless this ship and sailors and Marines

5/15/2011 1:57:00 AM
God Bless and God speed all of you on the USS George Bush. You all should be proud of all your hard work to get to this point of having your ship deployed. It will mean lonely days and nights for all of you. But, you will not be alone. With God at your helm and the families and loved ones you have left behind, your deployment should be filled with clear winds and calm seas. We love you all and are waiting for your welcome return. You are serving your country with pride and we bless you all

5/14/2011 6:17:00 PM
Our son is on the Bush. We are so proud of you! Have a safe trip and enjoy the voyage. We already miss you and can't wait for your return.

5/14/2011 9:38:00 AM
Fair Winds and Following Seas. Godspeed. Your Ship is named after a very admirable Man. Be safe. From an old retired Sailor.

5/14/2011 2:33:00 AM
My son is on the USS Bush; and on his first deployment. Glad I got to see them leave it was bitter sweet. See you soon. I am very very proud of you. God Bless you all

5/13/2011 10:54:00 PM
My fiance is on that ship and I am so proud and love him so very much. I will miss him very much and my heart goes out to all the familyd and friend who have loved ones serving.

5/13/2011 7:17:00 PM
My Husband is on the USS Anzio that left the same day. God speed and I'm praying for a safe return! He will get to return to his

5/13/2011 11:02:00 AM
be careful and hurry home...AM VFA-213

5/13/2011 10:46:00 AM
God bless the sailors aboard the Bush! My fiance is on the Bush and not only is it the Bush maiden deployment its ours too. Be safe and hurry home! We miss yhall!

5/13/2011 10:45:00 AM
My son is on the Truxtun and I would just like to thank the Navy for allowing us to be at the pier when he left on Wednesday. A few days prior we were able to tour the ship and meet some of the others that he works with. Have a good trip. Everyone stay safe..and Thank you for your service. Rick we will talk soon.

5/13/2011 8:24:00 AM
My son is aboard. Good luck and our prayers are with you. Return safe.

5/12/2011 10:20:00 PM
I am so proud of my son and Thank You all serving to protect our great country. Have a safe trip!

5/12/2011 9:01:00 PM
My grandson is on this ship. I am very proud of him, and wish him and all those on the ship smooth sailing

5/12/2011 2:32:00 PM
Many thanks and God bless to the men, my son Michael, and women with the George H W Bush Striker group.

5/12/2011 9:06:00 AM
Be SAfe and Godspeed- We will all sleep a little sounder tonight because of you!!

5/11/2011 9:36:00 PM
I am so proud to be an American, and even moreso to be the mom of two awesome sons in the Military. My Sailor is on the Bush, and my Flyboy is doing well, too. God Speed and God Bless all of you! Thank you so much for your service, and come home safe, and as soon as your duty is completed. Much love to all! LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!!!

5/11/2011 9:19:00 PM
God bless, be safe, hurry home!

5/11/2011 8:45:00 PM
My daughter is assigned to the Bush and yes, they left today on their "Maiden Deployment." Would have been nice if the families that had made plans and traveled to watch their loved ones leave would have been allowed on base to see it or at least been notified, prior to taking off work, traveling, etc. that they would not be allowed to watch the ship leave.

5/11/2011 7:52:00 PM
May God bless you all and keep you safe. I keep you all in my prayers. J.R, see you soon!

5/11/2011 7:20:00 PM
see ya soon and be safe! god bless all of you

5/11/2011 6:07:00 PM
My fiance is on the USS George H.W. Bush cvn 77 we wish everyone a safe return and awaiting to hear from our loved ones. keeping you all in our prayers

5/11/2011 5:47:00 PM
Fair winds and following seas to the love of my life, MC3 Sheppard, and his shipmates.

5/11/2011 4:34:00 PM
See you soon! God Bless.

5/11/2011 1:22:00 PM
Good luck and smooth sailing.

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departs Naval Station Norfolk on its maiden deployment.
110511-N-PS473-079 NORFOLK (May 11, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departs Naval Station Norfolk on its maiden deployment. George H.W. Bush, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, will deploy as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric S. Garst/Released)
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