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

Ships and embarked squadrons from Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) entered U.S. 5th Fleet's Area of Responsibility (AOR) 18 August 2013, after completing a routine transit through the Suez Canal. "Our Sailors and Marines executed a safe and professional transit through the Suez Canal and we are now operating in the 5th Fleet AOR," said Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, HST CSG. "We've trained hard and we're ready to operate alongside our coalition partners to conduct maritime security operations to ensure stability and build trust and confidence throughout the region."

HST CSG is on a scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. HST CSG includes Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10; aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Gettysburg (CG 64); guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87); embarked 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff; and embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 and its squadrons: Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 32 "Swordsmen," VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls," and VFA-105 "Gunslingers," Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 "Checkerboards," Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 "Seahawks," Electronic Attack Squadron 130 "Zappers," Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7 "Dusty Dogs," and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74 "Swamp Foxes".

Approximately 6,000 Sailors and Marines assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) arrived at their homeports in Norfolk and Mayport, Fla., April 18, following a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. While deployed, HST CSG conducted a full range of operations ranging from maritime security operations and multinational exercises, to providing air support for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. HST CSG also conducted integrated operations with the French navy's Charles de Gaulle Strike Group over a five-week period in the Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, and Arabian Gulf.

During this deployment, originally scheduled for February 2013 but delayed just prior to the strike group's scheduled departure, ships assigned to HST CSG conducted 44 Strait of Hormuz transits and two Suez Canal transits. Squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 flew 2,902 combat sorties totaling more than 16,450 hours in support of OEF from Aug. 27, 2013 to March 19, 2014.

Capt. Bob Roth, commanding officer, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), praised his crew for their dedication, professionalism, and like Capt. Wikoff, his command's ability to work as a team. "Nine months at sea as a forward-deployed combat team is an immense undertaking," he said. "The days were long and the work was challenging, but Team Truman never missed a beat and we met every challenge. The professionalism and dedication of our Sailors is unmatched. The teamwork between the ship and air wing was spectacular and a model for how it should be done. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this combat-proven team."

HST CSG consisted of approximately 6,000 Sailors and Marines. Deployed units included Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10 staff; CVW-3; 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff comprised of U.S. and Royal Navy personnel; aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87); guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56); and fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).

CVW-3 was embarked on board Harry S. Truman with its associated squadrons - Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 "Swordsmen," VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls," and VFA-105 "Gunslingers;" Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 "Checkerboards;" Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 "Seahawks;" Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 "Zappers;" Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 "Dusty Dogs;" and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 "Swamp Foxes."

CVW-3, VFA-32, VFA-37, VFA-105, returned to Naval Air Station Oceana; VAW-126 and HSC-7 returned to Naval Station Norfolk; HSM-74 returned to NAS Jacksonville and VFMA-312 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.; and VAQ-130 returned to NAS Whidbey Island April 17.




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