USS Truman strike group begins operations in Europe
By SCOTT WYLAND | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 20, 2018
Note: This article has been corrected.
NAPLES, Italy — The USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group has entered the European theater of operations, less than a week after the U.S. launched missile strikes on suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Truman deployed April 11 from Norfolk and arrived in the 6th Fleet theater this week. It is the first carrier to operate in the area since the USS George H.W. Bush launched airstrikes against the Islamic State last year.
“There is no more recognizable symbol of American naval power than a carrier strike group,” said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, 6th Fleet commander, in a statement. “Their presence in this vital region is a reflection of our commitment to a safe, prosperous and free Europe and Africa.”
Navy officials declined to discuss the Truman’s planned operations or when the strike group would move to the Persian Gulf. However, strike group deployments to the region in recent years have contributed a mix of patrols and strikes against terror groups and other adversaries.
The strike group’s arrival was planned well in advance of last week’s attacks by the submarine USS John Warner, which fired six Tomahawk missiles into Syria in conjunction with other U.S., British and French operations.
Its current strike group includes the destroyers USS Farragut, USS Forrest Sherman, USS Bulkeley and USS Arleigh Burke, along with the missile cruiser USS Normandy and several aviation and support squadrons.
The destroyers USS Jason Dunham and USS The Sullivans will join the group later.
Correction: The USS Harry S. Truman entered the European theater of operations last week, Naval Forces Europe said in a statement on Twitter. They had not arrived in the Mediterranean as initially reported.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Vennard, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126, performs maintenance on an E-2D Hawkeye early warning and attack aircraft in the hangar bay of the USS Harry S. Truman, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Truman and its carrier strike group have since entered the European theater of operations.
TOMMY GOOLEY/U.S. NAVY