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Harry S Truman Strike Group MED 01 Deployment
CVN-75 Harry S. Truman
"HST" / "The Buck Stops Here"

After more than five weeks of hard work, long hours and most importantly, productive training, the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Battle Group was one step closer to deployment readiness. The battle group successfully completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), followed by participating in the joint service Fleet Battle Experiment - Hotel before returning to homeport 01 September 2000. COMPTUEX, conducted primarily in the Puerto Rican operating area, was the battle group's intermediate phase of pre-deployment training. During the exercise, Truman, Carrier Air Wing 3 and the other battle group ships trained in multiple mission areas, including overland strike and anti-air engagements. Battle group surface combatants engaged in gunnery exercises off Vieques using inert rounds. They also fired both surface-to-air missiles and surface-to- surface missiles.

For Truman, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, this was its first time operating as the centerpiece of a full battle group. The exercise was briefly delayed when the battle group was forced to move south of Puerto Rico to evade Hurricane Debby. Despite the interruption, COMPTUEX was completed on schedule.

After a little more than one month in port, the battle group put to sea again in October for their Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX). JTFEX is the advanced phase of pre-deployment training, during which the battle group will act as part of a larger joint task force composed of units of the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, as well as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) forces. Upon successful completion of JTFEX, the Truman Battle Group was certified as ready to deploy.

The Harry S Truman Battle Group departed Nov. 28, 2000 and its deployment included extensive operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and primarily the Arabian Gulf. While operating in the Arabian Gulf, the Harry S Truman Battle Group enforced United Nations sanctions on Iraq by diverting 22 vessels with cargoes worth more than $5 million and reduced the number of potential smugglers significantly. CVW-3 aircraft provided more than 70 percent of the strike aircraft enforcing the "No Fly Zone" over southern Iraq and participated in four strikes against Iraqi forces threatening coalition aircraft in the region. The air wing flew 869 sorties, totaling more than 2,700 flight hours, during 84 fly days in support of Operation Southern Watch.

"By providing leadership and stability in a critically important region of the world, this deployment truly demonstrated the strength of America," said Rear Adm. Jim McArthur, Commander, Carrier Group TWO. "Twenty-four percent of the world's oil goes through the Strait of Hormuz daily and 73 percent of the world's oil is located in the Middle East. Our sustained presence maintained stability throughout the region by reassuring our friends and deterring our adversaries."

Throughout the deployment, the battle group also participated in numerous international exercises, including Arabian Gauntlet, an 11-nation exercise that involved more than 20 ships. Additionally, U.S. Sailors worked with military forces from Oman, Jordan, Tunisia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, improving interoperability and strengthening relationships with those countries.

Chronology

    23 May 2001 - returned to Norfolk
    28 Nov 2000 - departed for 6-mo Med/Gulf



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