The USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) Carrier Strike Group has had its deployment extended 30 days. In the fight against ISIS, having an aircraft carrier available is a vital tool. For most deployed Navy personnel the extension of a deployment is almost expected. This reflects the reality of the draw down of our Armed Forces. This impacts maintenance and upkeep of equipment as well as morale.
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Norfolk in November 2015 for a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation. The strike group is currently supporting the coalition fight against ISIL.
“This decision is central to our ongoing effort to dismantle and roll back terrorist networks in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. “Accelerating the fight against ISIL is the President’s number one priority and the Truman strike group plays an important role as we work to destroy ISIL and continue to go after the remnants of al Qaeda.”
On April 15, the strike group surpassed an operational milestone for delivering the most carrier-based ordnance during Operation Inherent Resolve, substantially degrading ISIL resources and leadership. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, embarked aboard Truman, completed 1,407 combat sorties, delivering 1,118 precision-guided munitions equally over 580 tons of ordnance.