Truman Strike Group Returns to Eastern Mediterranean to Support OIR

Story Number: NNS180611-10Release Date: 6/11/2018 10:09:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley, USS Harry S. Truman

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to resume flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), June 10.

"Bringing the Harry S. Truman strike group back into the fight against ISIS sends a powerful message to our partners that we are committed to peace and security in the region, and anywhere threatened by international terrorism," said Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander of the Harry S. Truman CSG. "Once again we demonstrate the incredible flexibility and capabilities of a carrier strike group; we are combat-proven and ready to answer the call anytime and anywhere to carry out any mission we are directed."

While in the region, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1's strike fighter squadrons will conduct precision strikes on ISIS targets, highlighting the mobility, flexibility and power projection capability of the U.S. Navy's globally deployed force.

"The crew is locked in, focused and ready to continue the fight against ISIS," said Commanding Officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Capt. Nicholas Dienna. "We will operate and maintain a presence wherever, whenever required to support our regional allies and partners in furthering stability and prosperity around the globe."

The Harry S. Truman CSG, which entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations April 18, includes multi-mission capable platforms with strike; ballistic missile defense; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

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An EA-18G Growler assigned to the
180610-N-UJ486-0081 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 10, 2018) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman's support of Operation Inherent Resolve demonstrates the capabilities and flexibility of U.S. Naval Forces and their resolve to eliminate the terrorist group ISIS and the threat they pose. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah A. Watkins)
June 11, 2018
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