Truman Carrier Strike Group Completes Working Port Visit, Gets Underway
NORFOLK, Va. — Nearly 6,500 Sailors of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) departed Aug. 28 from Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, said HSTCSG Public Affairs in a release.
HSTCSG deployed April 11 and returned to NS Norfolk July 21 for an extended port visit. During this working port visit, USS Harry S. Truman and strike group assets conducted routine maintenance on ships, aircraft and equipment, conducted advanced training and maintained warfighting certifications.
HSTCSG will continue its deployment by conducting sustainment operations and carrier qualifications in the Atlantic and participating in dual-carrier operations with the USS Abraham Lincoln.
“Since April when we began our deployment, our strike group has demonstrated our inherent maneuverability and flexibility as we took part in maritime security operations and evolutions with several key allies and partners,” said Rear Adm. Gene Black, HSTCSG commander. “Now, as we continue our deployment, we remain 100-percent mission-capable and ready to accomplish whatever mission we are assigned, at anytime, anywhere. This exemplifies the Navy’s Dynamic Force Employment concept: we remain flexible and ready on short notice to deploy whenever and wherever the nation needs, ready to fight.”
Ships and aircraft of the strike group departing Norfolk include flagship Harry S. Truman, commanded by Capt. Nick Dienna; the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1); guided-missile cruises USS Normandy; and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 28, including USS Arleigh Burke and USS Forrest Sherman.
Embarked squadrons of CVW-1, commanded by Capt. John Perrone, include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 “Red Rippers,” VFA-211 “Checkmates,” VFA-81 “Sunliners,” VFA-136 “Knighthawks,” Electronic Attack Squadron 137 “Rooks,” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 “Seahawks,” Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 72 “Proud Warriors,” Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 11 “Dragon Slayers” and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 “Rawhides.”