Truman Says “Ciao” to Naples

Story Number: NNS040713-16Release Date: 7/13/2004 2:07:00 PM
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From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) wrapped up a five-day port visit to Naples, Italy, July 7, after crossing the Atlantic as part of Summer Pulse '04.

This was the first chance at liberty for the ship's crew and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 since Truman left its homeport of Norfolk, Va., June 2.

The port of Naples was an easy launching point to see other parts of Italy, including Rome, Florence, the Amalfi coast and nearby islands. Then there was the city of Naples itself, with the omnipresent street vendors and seemingly random traffic patterns. No matter where Truman/CVW-3 Sailors went, everyone was happy to spend five days enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation after nearly a month at sea.

"I went to Rome on a tour and saw the Coliseum. That was really nice," said Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class (AW) Anthony Taylor from aircraft intermediate maintenance department's IM-2 Division. He also added that he appreciated "being on land after a month at sea and enjoying an authentic Italian meal."

"The food there was just awesome," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Angela Scarpa of air department's V-3 Division. "The ice cream there ... the Americans have nothing on them. As for pizza, the Italians just glob on the cheese rather than sprinkle it, so when it melts it just runs everywhere."

"I saw Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, the old city ruins. It was extremely cultural," recalled Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class (AW) Catherine Horvath of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32's power plants shop. "I even climbed the side of (Mt) Vesuvius. The view was worth the effort. I saw the entire bay of Naples - I even saw our carrier."

Truman is participating in MEDSHARK/Majestic Eagle '04 from July 11-16. This multi-national exercise is taking place off the coast of Morocco with approximately 20,000 personnel operating aboard more than 20 ships and submarines and numerous aircraft. The exercise is the last for Truman under Summer Pulse '04, and showcases the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups.

For more information about Summer Pulse '04, visit the CFFC Web site at or visit the Summer Pulse '04 Navy NewsStand site at

Summer Pulse '04 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters, with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP).

For more information about Summer Pulse '04, visit the CFFC Web site at or visit the Summer Pulse '04 Navy NewsStand site at

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

he Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits along the East Coast while participating in Summer Pulse 2004.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
June 23, 2004
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