The USS Harry S Truman returned from deployment on June 16 after operating in the U.S. second, fifth and sixth fleets.
Truman has spent at least one day underway for 32 of the last 36 months, in direct support of global security around the world. Home ported at Naval Station Norfolk; its return marks the final homecoming of the strike group.
They had returned from deployment in March, but remained underway in the Western Atlantic in the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan cycle as a certified and ready carrier force, ready for tasking due to the Corona Virus outbreak around the globe.
Truman continued operations underway to maintain maritime stability and security and ensure access, deter aggression, and defend U.S., allied and partner interests. The vessel sailed over 56,000 nautical miles, supporting dual-carrier operations, air defense exercises, anti-submarine warfare exercises, and interoperability with joint services and with allies and partners.
The ship also completed multiple strait and choke-point transits to include the Strait of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal and the Bab-el Mandeb Strait, while operating under three combatant commanders – U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), U.S. European Command (EUCOM), and U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
Truman demonstrated the Navy’s continuing regional commitment to EUCOM and CENTCOM areas of responsibility by hosting 80 embarked guests. These included political and military leaders from eight ally and partner nations. These embarks directly supported U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet theater security objectives while enhancing U.S. relationships and partnerships with multiple NATO ally and partner nations and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members.
“I’m so very proud of all our Sailors! Their resilience, perseverance, and utter dedication to mission has been nothing short of exemplary. It has been my greatest honor to serve as Truman’s commanding officer this deployment,” said Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh, Commanding Officer of Truman.
During deployment, the Truman completed numerous training exercises to develop tactical competencies. They performed carrier strike force operations from carrier strike force operations as the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG), to many exercises with partner navies and forces to maintain readiness and interoperability.
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) has proven that the U.S. Navy can be a predictable strategic partner, displaying commitment to deterring aggression while facing emerging threats around the globe.
HSTCSG consists of the flagship USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) with embarked staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28; embarked squadrons of CVW 1; guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60); and DESRON 28 guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), and USS Farragut (DDG 99).
Squadrons of CVW-1 include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 “Red Rippers;” VFA-81 “Sunliners;” VFA-136 “Knighthawks;” VFA-211 “Fighting Checkmates;” Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 “Rooks;” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 “Seahawks;” Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 “Proud Warriors;” Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 “Dragon Slayers;” and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 “Rawhides.”