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Harry S. Truman Strike Group MED 05 Deployment
CVN-75 Harry S. Truman
"HST" / "The Buck Stops Here"

In early April 2004 the Truman was at sea participating in Tailored Ship's Training Availability I, II and III, and the Final Evaluation Period before heading into the next phase of the ship's training cycle.

The USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) wrapped up Summer Pulse '04, a groundbreaking exercise involving seven carrier strike groups, in late July. During this exercise, Truman also completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), successfully performing a series of complex training events, which included naval surface fire support training and air-to-ground bombing off the East Coast of the United States.

The USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) deployed on Oct. 13, 2004. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group relieved on Nov. 20, 2004, the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group on station in the North Persian Gulf Nov. 21, 2004. The two carriers conducted ordnance and crew transfers prior to Kennedy's departure, and Truman's commencement of combat operations in the theatre.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group concluded direct support operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and maritime security operations (MSO) 19 March 2005, after being relieved by Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group in the Arabian Gulf. MSO is aimed at setting the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment. Illicit activity at sea has a global impact. MSO pressurizes the maritime environment and is the single most significant component of the conventional maritime effort against terrorism. Truman and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 launched 2,577 sorties totaling nearly 13,000 flight hours in support of OIF and MSO since turning over with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Nov. 20. Truman and CVW-3 kept an eye on US and coalition forces in country during the Jan. 30 Iraqi elections.

Rear Adm. Joseph F. Kilkenny relieved Rear Adm. Michael C. Tracy as Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 in a change-of-command ceremony while anchored off Portsmouth, England 08 April 2005. The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group was homeward bound following a successful six-month deployment, which included four months in the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Security Operations. Between April 18-20, the components of the strike group, carrier air wing and Harry S. Truman returned to their respective homeports.

Chronology

    18 Apr 2005 - Return to Norfolk
    11 Apr 2005 - Atlantic Ocean
    04 Apr 2005 - Port visit, Portsmouth, England
    28 Mar 2005 - Mediterranean Sea
    23 Mar 2005 - Red Sea
    19 Mar 2005 - Relieved by CVN-70 Vinson
    20 Nov 2004 - relieves CV-67 Kennedy
    18 Nov 2004 - Persian Gulf
    16 Nov 2004 - Arabian Sea
    12 Nov 2004 - Red Sea
    08 Nov 2004 - Port visit, Souda Bay, Crete
    01 Nov 2004 - Mediterranean Sea
    13 Oct 2004 - Deploys
    08 Sep 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
    26 Jul 2004 - Truman Home
    Late Jul 2004 - Completes COMPTUEX
    12 Jul 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
    09 Jul 2004 - Mediterranean Sea
    07 Jul 2004 - Port visit @ Naples
    ?? Jun 2004 - Mediterranean Sea
    ?? Jun 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
    ?? Apr 2004 - Norfolk
    Apr 2004 - TSTA I/II/III, FEP
    ?? Feb 2004 - Norfolk
    13 Feb 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
    Feb 2003 - PIA Completed
    20 Aug 2003 - Begins PIA
    23-4 Jul 2003 - Returns to Norfolk
    10 Jul 2003 - Departs for Carrier Quals



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