The HSTCSG will return home to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, following a successful deployment supporting maritime security and stability in the U.S. 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The ships had remained at sea in the Western Atlantic, where it served as a certified CSG force ready for any tasking while also protecting it’s crews from the risks posed by COVID-19.
The announcement was made while Secretary Braithwaite was visiting the crew aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) at sea Thursday on his first official trip since taking the oath of office as the Secretary of the Navy May 29.
Ssome of the ships in the HSTCSG are on month nine of their deployment.
“The [Chief of Naval Operations] and I are beyond proud of everything you have done, for you to continue to be out here ever vigilant and ever prepared,” said Braithwaite.
“I know what it’s like to be deployed away from the ones you love. I want you to all know how much that means to not only people like me in leadership roles, but more importantly, people in America. You are the tip of the spear.”
“You’ve done your duty and now it’s time to come home,” he said.
Braithwaite announced his awarding of the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal to all members of the strike group.
“This entire strike group deserves to be recognized,” said Braithwaite. “For the rest of your service and the rest of your lives, you can look down at your service ribbons and remember this deployment for its distinct contribution to our national security.”
The HSTCSG is comprised of flagship Truman, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), and USS Farragut (DDG 99).
On May 20, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron flew over USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in the above USN photo by MCSN Isaac Esposito.