The deployment of Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has been extended by 30 days.
U.S. Central Command requested the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group’s ongoing deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and other counter-terrorism efforts.
The aircraft carrier departed from Norfolk in November 2015 for deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation. The strike group is 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.”
The strike group passed the milestone for delivering the most carrier-based ordnance during Operation Inherent Resolve on April 15, degrading ISIL resources and leadership.
“Our sailors’ commitment and professionalism has been significant, and as a strike group, we’re at peak operational effectiveness; so we’re going to stay in the fight a while longer. I want the sailors and their families to know how proud I am of their continued efforts and dedication to this fight,” said Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8.
The strike group consists of aircraft carrier Truman, the embarked carrier air wing, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, USS Anzio (CG 68), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Gravely (DDG 107).