USS Harry S. Truman Deploys

Story Number: NNS130723-09Release Date: 7/23/2013 10:07:00 AM
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From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) said their goodbyes to friends and family prior to getting underway for an eight to nine- month deployment July 22.

Truman, along with the other components of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG), completed a composite training unit exercise in January prior to their originally scheduled February deployment, and also a sustainment exercise and fleet synthetic training exercise in June.

"The crew has operated and trained extensively at sea the past several months and the training scenarios were more complex and challenging," said Capt. Bob Roth, Truman's commanding officer. "The ship's and air wing's warfighting proficiency has increased substantially since our deployment was delayed in February. I couldn't be more proud of the crew; they are dedicated, skilled, and tremendously enthusiastic about deploying."

The February deployment was delayed due to sequestration and the change of aircraft carrier presence requirements in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.

The current deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations (MSO) in the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operations.

MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

Truman is the flagship for HST CSG. It can travel in excess of 30 knots, and has a ship's company of approximately 3,000. With the embarked air wing and staffs, the number rises to about 5,000.

HST CSG also consists of USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff and Carrier Air Wing 3 and its associated squadrons - Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 32 "Swordsmen," VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls," and VFA-105 "Gunslingers;" Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 "Checkerboards;" Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 "Seahawks;" Electronic Attack Squadron) 130 "Zappers;" Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7 "Dusty Dogs;" and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74 "Swamp Foxes."

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy News Service page at

8/12/2013 12:37:00 PM
My oldest son Christopher Reeves is proudly serving aboard her now. Be safe, fair winds and following seas, and God Speed to him and the crew he proudly serves with! We miss you son but are so very proud of you and your fellow Shipmates who serve with you. "Give em Hell". God bless! A proud Navy Daddy

8/5/2013 4:19:00 PM

8/4/2013 6:03:00 PM
Good luck on your trip hi to Matthew link and all of the hardworking sailors and great man working for our country. Love and health and safety Gail and Don Link

8/3/2013 6:59:00 AM
Our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of these great sailors. May the months fly by for their safe return. We love you all.....especially Avanti Anderson! Thank you all for your service to our great country!!! Stay safe.

7/28/2013 8:12:00 PM
Congrats to Lt/LCDR Justin Gerle on the Golden Oak leaf. I am soo proud of you. All my 3 wire passes pale to your accomplishments so far. God Bless and keep the Cats warm my Son. From the J/O junkroom Rocket 40 Ensign on the Indy a while ago. Dad

7/25/2013 6:56:00 PM
Godspeed VFA 32! May you have good seas AZ Daoodi until we meet again. For God and Country and Gypsy Roll! Miss you , Mom

7/24/2013 9:10:00 PM
I already miss my husband and various others but I'm pretty sure they're giving 'em hell :) can't wait for time to fly by for our baby to be born so that daddy can meet her when he returns 3 :( miss you honey!

7/23/2013 12:50:00 PM
Fair winds and following seas

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Families of Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) watch as the ship departs its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.
130722-N-PS473-178 NORFOLK (July 22, 2013) Families of Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) watch as the ship departs its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. Truman is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman 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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