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Harry S. Truman Strike Group MED 08 Deployment
CVN-75 Harry S. Truman
"HST" / "The Buck Stops Here"

USS Harry S. Truman participated in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 05-2, Operation Brewing Storm, July 14-22, 2005. Operation Brewing Storm presented U.S. and coalition forces with realistic and dynamic exercise threats that closely replicate operational challenges military forces routinely encounter around the world. It was designed to provide quality, realistic training to prepare U.S. forces for joint and combined operations. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 completed sustainment training July 19 under the Navy's Fleet Response Training Plan (FRTP) during Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX 05-2). After the first few days, Truman and CVW-3 launched straight into increasingly longer fly days and various other evolutions, including general quarters drills, strike warfare, close air support and air defense.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) made preparations to get underway Sept. 1 for areas off the U.S. Gulf Coast in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relief operations associated with Hurricane Katrina. Truman served as the command center and afloat staging base, and carried additional helicopters from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to support search and rescue (SAR) efforts.

Truman, responding to U.S. Fleet Forces Command tasking, put to sea with only 48 hours' notice, after loading tons of supplies. Truman also managed to get their flight deck ready in a day and a half. The prepearations would have usually taken a week. Having returned from a six-month deployment in April, Truman's crew is skilled at helping others, having participated in various community relations (COMREL) projects in foreign countries. Truman arrived on station in the Gulf Coast on September 4th.

On September 14, USS Harry S. Truman prepared to return to Norfolk after completing its relief mission to the Gulf Coast. It returned to its home port approximately September 17.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returned to Norfolk Nov. 6, following five days at sea offloading 1,800 tons of ammunition and ordnance to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). Truman was scheduled to enter a Planned Incremental Availability in January 2006, following more than 18 months conducting high-tempo carrier operations. Truman's Weapons Department began preparing for this underway upon the ship's return from her six-month deployment in April.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va., for the third time in its young life 09 January 2006. The following day, Truman slipped into dry-dock, out of water for the first time since she was built. Truman was expected to remain in dry-dock until August, and would leave the shipyard in the fall.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) left dry-dock 04 August 2006 and transited to Norfolk Naval Shipyard's (NNSY) Pier 5, entering the last stages of her dry-docked planned incremental availability (DPIA). Prior to getting underway, though only for 1,000 yards or so, Truman's Sailors had to prepare the ship for the move. Eighty Sailors from Deck Department prepared mooring and message lines for the first time since the ship has touched water in eight months. When all was said and done, the preparation paid off.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) participated in an integrated training team drill 15 August 2006 as part of its plan to prepare Sailors for their eventual move out of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and back out to sea. In the ongoing plan to get Sailors ready for underway emergencies, this is the fourth such drill since 06 July 2006.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) held a ribbon and cake-cutting ceremony 23 August 2006 to celebrate the aft mess decks' and galley's grand re-opening. The mess decks and galley were closed for the first part of Truman's Docked Planned Incremental Availability, or DPIA, period. While the mess decks were closed Sailors had the choice of bringing a lunch; eating on the barge mess decks; or buying food from the mobile canteens, ship store, or the various vending machines. Many Sailors are very happy to return to eating on the mess decks.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed its first overnight Fast Cruise 30 November 2006. Truman Sailors ran drills and conducted training to simulate getting underway. Throughout the day, Truman Sailors ran drills for each stage of setting sail, including sea and anchor detail, general quarters, and flight operations. Another week-long fast cruise was scheduled in preparation for the ship and Sailors to depart for their 2007 deployment.

Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2 "Operation Bold Step" demonstrated the ability of the U.S. Navy to operate jointly with partner navies around the globe. "Operation Bold Step" began 26 July 2007 with Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, Truman Carrier Strike Group and the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R06) operating jointly with as many as 30 ships and more than 15,000 Sailors and Marines from five different nations. JTFEX 07-2 lasted until 31 July 2007 off the coast of North Carolina and Florida.

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