ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 welcomed Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Vice Adm. Scott A. Fry back aboard March 28.
The admiral and several members of his staff last visited HST in late January when he welcomed the Truman Battle Group to the Sixth Fleet area of operations.
This time, the admiral's visit coincided with HST and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) battle group's participation in combat operations over Iraq. Shortly after midnight March 28, USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81) launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. Both carriers are providing ongoing close-air support over Iraqi skies and releasing heavy ordnance to take out many sites including command and control targets.
While aboard HST, the admiral met with Commander, Combined Task Force 60, Rear Adm. John D. Stufflebeem and visited with Sailors in the Carrier Intelligence Center. He also praised the entire crew for their dedicated service during an Admiral's Call in the ship's hangar bay.
"Here we are one week into this operation, and you are doing a marvelous job," Fry emphasized.
The admiral said there is still work to be done, and he is confident the HST/CVW 3 team is up to the task. He also said the battle group has the capability to do more.
"Now we're into the delivery of precision weapons in support of those American men and women on the ground in Northern Iraq, and you're doing a great job. We've gotten good feedback from the folks down there. They want more of what you're providing, and I'm working very, very hard right now to make sure we give them more."
Sailors and Marines who listened to Fry's comments were pleased the admiral took time to rally the Truman troops.
"I thought it was very motivating. It was great for the morale of the crew to know that the admiral appreciates our work," Signalman 2nd Class (SW) Jennifer Oakes of Indiana, Pa., said.
The admiral ended his comments by reminding Truman Sailors and Marines that they are making history with their actions.
"You've read the book by Tom Brokaw about the world's greatest generation... well I like this one a lot. They're going to write books about you."
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