The USS Truman and its Strike Group entered the western Mediterranean Sea early this morning, doubling the amount of American firepower in that region of the world.
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) entered the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations Wednesday, the region where less than a week ago U.S., British and French forces launched air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
The Truman CSG left Norfolk on April 11 for a regularly scheduled deployment to both the 6th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of operation. Along with sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, the strike group is expected to also operate in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf during this deployment.
In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, three facilities that were part of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons program were hit by a coordinated set of U.S., French, and British airstrikes. A total of 105 missiles were launched from both ships and aircraft operating in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf.
In the Eastern Mediterranean, Virginia-class attack boat USS John Warner (SSN-785) launched six Tomahawks and French frigate Languedoc (D-653) fired three of the naval variant of the SCALP land attack cruise missiles, according to Navy officials. British and French aircraft also fired missiles while flying in the region.
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group includes USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), and guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), USS Farragut (DDG-99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), USS The Sullivans(DDG-68) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81). German frigate FGS Hessen (F-221) is also joining the Truman CSG for this deployment.
The Truman CSG includes twice the number of ships that were part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike group that operated in the same regions a year ago. The Bush CSG included USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon(DDG-58) and USS Truxtun (DDG-103); and guided missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) and USS Hue City (CG-66).