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Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returns from 8 month deployment

Posted at 1:46 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 17:40:00-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Five ships from the U.S. Navy's Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG 8) returned to their homeport in Norfolk on Wednesday after an eight month deployment.

The group is comprised of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68), the guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), the guided missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO-189), and Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7).

The squadrons of CVW-7 embarked aboard Truman are: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 "Fist of the Fleet," VFA-83 "Rampagers," VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers," and VFA-143 "Pukin Dogs;" Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 140 "Patriots;" Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 "Wallbangers;" Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 "Rawhides;" Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 "Proud Warriors;" and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 "Nightdippers."

While deployed, the strike group served in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria.

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