Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to Deploy

Story Number: NNS130718-06Release Date: 7/18/2013 12:41:00 AM
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From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) is scheduled to deploy July 22 for an eight- to nine-month deployment in support of 5th and 6th Fleet operations.

In preparation for deployment, HST CSG has completed a series of complex training events and achieved all required operational certifications, ensuring all units are ready for contingency operations overseas.

"The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is ready to deploy," said Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, HST CSG. "I am extremely proud of the men and women who are assigned to HST CSG. We've worked very hard over the last several months to maintain our combat readiness following the delay of our deployment in February due to sequestration."

HST CSG consists of approximately 6,000 Sailors and Marines, including coalition sailors. Deploying units include Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10; USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron, a combined U.K. and U.S. staff.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 is also embarked on board Harry S. Truman with its associated squadrons - Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 "Swordsmen," VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls," and VFA-105 "Gunslingers;" Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 "Checkerboards;" Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 "Seahawks;" Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 "Zappers;" Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 "Dusty Dogs;" and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 "Swamp Foxes."

HST CSG will operate with allied and partner maritime forces, focusing on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

For more information about HST CSG's deployment, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75.

For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/clf/.

7/23/2013 5:39:00 PM
Good luck, smooth sailing brother! I'm proud of you Kevin Setter!

7/23/2013 3:21:00 PM
So proud of all the men and women aboard the Truman. We think of you all of you as our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. Thank you for your selfless gift of sacrifice. God be with Ryan Rios and your division. We love you!

7/23/2013 6:49:00 AM
Having to say goodbye to my deploying sailor was so hard, I cried on the pier and though we are only young lovers the pain is still there. I am so proud, and scared for my boyfriend Manuel Ramirez. It's hard but I know this will be good for him and he is among the many men and women that are defending our seas. Congratulations!!!!! (I'm still teary eyed)

7/22/2013 7:11:00 PM
My son airman apprentice Nicholas Burkhardt deployed today on the USS Harry S Truman. God be with Nick and all his shipmates. We are proud of all of you.

7/22/2013 6:45:00 PM
Thoughts and prayers to all aboard the Truman and the support ships that are with them. Thanks to all of you for your sacrifices and your service in order to ensure our freedoms here stateside. Godspeed.

7/22/2013 5:53:00 PM
We are very proud of our son and all the fine men and women serving our country. Be safe while you see the world and protect America. We love you!!! xoxoxo's

7/22/2013 5:44:00 PM
This is My Son's 2nd Deployment he was on the "IKE" that came in December 19th 2012. I'm so proud of him and the rest of the men and women on the Truman Carrier. I hate the Deployments like the rest of FAMILY members and him being my only child. I wish them all well and they need to hurry back home.

7/22/2013 4:59:00 PM
So proud of my son Tom Staton. God Bless and stay safe!

7/22/2013 12:42:00 PM
I salute all the young men and women aboard HST deploying today..God bless you all.all our freedom is granted by all of you and your sacrifices . 1973-79 corpsman

7/22/2013 11:34:00 AM
We are so very proud of our son-in-law, Collin Roof, who will be aboard the USS Gettysburg CG 64. Praying for all of you who will be deployed. God bless you all and keep you safe!

7/22/2013 11:26:00 AM
Give em' Hell HST. Proud Navy Mom. I love you Tommy and will anxiously awaiting your Homecoming.

7/22/2013 11:17:00 AM
I have never been more proud of my son and all of our troops. Rick Yates

7/22/2013 11:11:00 AM
Thank you to all the men and women who leave their families for months at a time so we can walk around FREE. Especially my son-in-law Bryan Ventura. Many BLESSINGS for your safety and quick return. We LOVE YOU.

7/22/2013 11:00:00 AM
My son, Jason, is aboard the Truman. God bless and keep safe all those on this journey. Thank you for defending our freedom!

7/22/2013 10:41:00 AM
It used to be Britannia rules the waves. Now it's the US Navy! Smooth sailing.

7/19/2013 9:03:00 PM
I have only seen one Aircraft Carrier on water before and it was approaching Galveston, Texas. It was beyond words upon the realization of what is that???? Still down here near Galveston....but Monday, being a special day for all of the crew aboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN to slide out of Port and get underway...it is with a heartfelt pride that even though I cannot see you all leave, it is with equal pride that my son is aboard. "Give 'em Hell!"

7/18/2013 8:53:00 PM
God Bless all of them !

7/18/2013 6:41:00 PM
I have a grandson on HST whom we are very proud of. His name is Josh Blackwell. I served in late 1958 and 60 aboard the USS Kearsarge, CVA 33, in the Pacific. Love the Navy!!!!

7/18/2013 7:12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go forth on this upcoming deployment, I know it takes a lot to get prepared for this and I am proud of all the men amd women who have been trained and maintain such skills to protect our United States of America. You make me so proud to be an American. My nephew is Command Master Chief Raymond D Kemp Sr of the Harry S Truman. I wish you all Gods Speed on this upcoming deployment.

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Rear Adm. Brad Williamson, left, chief of staff, Striking and Support Forces NATO (SFN), meets with a multi-national combined maritime component battle-staff during a video teleconference
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
July 2, 2013
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