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Harry S. Truman Strike Group MED 19 Deployment
Harry S Truman Battle Group
CVN-75 Harry S. Truman
"HST" / "The Buck Stops Here"

The extended availability of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) left the carrier unable to relieve USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Middle East and forced Truman into back-to-back deployments.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has experienced an electrical malfunction within the ships electrical distribution system requiring analysis and repair. The ship is working closely with technicians from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to determine the cause and scope of the issue. The safety of the ships crew and reactor plants are not affected, U.S. Fleet Forces Command spokesman Capt. Scott Miller told USNI 31 August 2019.

The US Navy deployed the USS Harry S. Trumans surface escorts without the aircraft carrier on 14 September 2019, as the vessel continues to undergo necessary repairs brought on following an electrical csualty in August 2019. In an uncommon occurrence, a surface action group (SAG) comprised of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen, USS Forrest Sherman and USS Farragut and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy deployed off the East Coast without an accompanying aircraft carrier. Their destination was not reported, and a return schedule was not provided.

In August 2019, the Navy announced that emergency maintenance and analysis was required of the USS Harry S. Truman to repair the ships electrical distribution system. The ship is working closely with technicians from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to determine the cause and scope of the issue. The safety of the ships crew and reactor plants are not affected, US Fleet Forces Command spokesman Capt. Scott Miller informed USNI News on 30 August 2019.

To make up for the loss of a carrier and air support, US 2nd Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis informed USNI that the SAG would be significantly beefed up. This group is going to deploy more than likely to multiple regions, and they are going with a much higher-end capability, with helicopter detachments with significant anti-submarine warfare capability, significant air defense capability, as well as strike warfare capability, he told USNI News. So really a full-up group, minus the carrier and the air wing. But a full-up, very capable group is going off to do the nations bidding in this great power competition. Accompanying helicopters are reported to belong to Helicopter Maritime Squadron 72, which is stationed in Jacksonville, Florida.

Earlier in the year, US Vice President Mike Pence announced to service members at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, that the Trump administration would be reversing course on the anticipated early retirement of the USS Harry S. Truman. Despite Pences claim that the USS Harry S. Truman is going to be giving 'em hell, the US East Coast is still without an aircraft carrier at the moment, as the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the other deployable vessel, is only now in its basic training phase. We fully intend to deploy the aircraft carrier at a later time, Lewis claimed. We obviously cant talk about the timeframe right now and what its going to be right now, but were pressing forward with that, and it will deploy and rejoin the group at some point.

By late October 2019 Harry S. Truman remained moored at Naval Station Norfolk conducting maintenance and training.

On 12 November 2019 the Navy announced that repairs to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were complete, and all efforts were being made to return the carrier and air wing to sea to conduct operations. In August, the Navy announced an emergent maintenance requirement for an electrical issue aboard Truman. The Navy replaced damaged components and completed tests to ensure no further issues will arise. An engineering analysis, coupled with inspections aboard several aircraft carriers, showed that this was a localized issue and not a class-wide concern. The success of this repair was due to the outstanding efforts of multiple Navy organizations and industry partners who quickly brought their expertise and skills to bear to resolve this issue. Returning HST to full functionality was a team effort with a tremendous amount of work and collaboration by NAVSEA, our industry partners, shipyard workers and the crew of HST to overcome a very challenging technical issue, said Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Vice Admiral Thomas Moore. Every effort was being made to make the carrier, air wing and Sailors operationally ready to deploy.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8) flagship, conducted maritime security and flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) 20 December 2019, continuing carrier presence in the region. Deploying ships and aircraft of the strike group, commanded by Rear Adm. Andrew J. Loiselle, include Truman, commanded by Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh; the eight squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, and staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28.

Truman and its accompanying units provide a range of flexible capabilities in support of theater security cooperation and maritime security. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) adds significant combat striking power to 5th Fleet in support of a myriad of U.S. Central Command contingency plans. The hard work of this crew during recent operations in 6th Fleet have prepared us to be here, said Capt. Hakimzadeh, Trumans commanding officer. I am proud of this team, and we are ready to operate in 5th Fleet."

Since leaving homeport Nov. 18, Truman accelerated its passage to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to support current and contingency operations, protecting U.S. forces and interests in the region. HSTCSG ships will operate wherever international law allows, enhancing maritime security, deter and if necessary, decisively respond to aggression. HSTCSG is here to safeguard the free flow of commerce and reassure our regional partners, said Rear Adm. Loiselle, HSTCSGs commander. We are a flexible, adaptable and persistent force, able to perform any required mission in U.S. 5th Fleet.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) remained at sea in the Western Atlantic as a certified carrier strike group force ready for tasking in order to protect the crew from the risks posed by COVID-19, following their successful deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The Navy took this measure to maintain the strike groups warfighting capability while ensuring the safety of the crew. The demand for naval assets remains high. Therefore, keeping HSTCSG at sea in U.S. 2nd Fleet as it remains in the sustainment phase of OFRP allows the ship to maintain a high level of readiness for a potential rapid surge or forward deployment, providing options to the national command authority during this global COVID-19 pandemic.

The ship is entering a period in which it needs to be ready to respond and deploy at any time, said Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander U.S. 2nd Fleet 13 April 2020. Normally we can do that pierside, but in the face of COVID-19, we need to protect our most valuable asset, our people, by keeping the ship out to sea.

After completing a successful deployment we would love nothing more than to be reunited with our friends and families, said Rear Admiral Andrew Loiselle, commander of Carrier Strike Group 8. We recognize that these are unique circumstances and the responsible thing to do is to ensure we are able to answer our nations call while ensuring the health and safety of our Sailors. We thank you for your continued love and support as we remain focused on this important mission.

Elements of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group began returning home 05 June 2020, marking the end of their deployment after operating in the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) returned to Norfolk Naval Station, after nine-months underway, while more than more than 100 U.S. Navy aviators from nine squadrons from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW)-1 returned to their home bases at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia; Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington; Naval Air Station Lemoore, California; and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

Following a return from deployment in March after operating in 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations, the HSTCSG remained underway in the western Atlantic during their sustainment phase of the OFRP cycle as a certified and ready carrier strike group force ready for tasking. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, the HSTCSG continued to conduct operations underway, minimizing the potential spread of the virus aboard the ships, in order to maintain maritime stability and security and ensure access, deter aggression, and defend U.S., allied and partner interests.

The ships each sailed over 55,000 nautical miles, deploying dynamically through multiple Surface Action Groups (SAGs), Arctic operations, dual-carriers operations, and exercises with allies and partners. The ships also completed multiple strait and choke point transits, to include the Strait of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal and the Bab-el Mandeb Strait, while operating under four Combatant Commanders U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).

The Normandy and Forrest Sherman deployed September 12 as part of the East Coast Surface Action Group with Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82) and USS Farragut (DDG 99). Harry S. Truman and CVW-1 deployed on November 18 in support of maritime stability and security, as the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.

While in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Normandy, Forrest Sherman, and CVW-1 supported Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, maintaining freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce through the heavily transited Strait of Hormuz. These operations were instrumental in maintaining stability throughout the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Sea.

While operating in U.S. 5th Fleet, Normandy and Forrest Sherman each interdicted large caches of missile components aboard fishing dhows in international waters. These illicit shipments, discovered in November by Forrest Sherman and in February by Normandy, were intended for Houthi forces in Yemen.

Our nine month deployment has been historic by any measure, said Capt. Chris Stone, Normandys commanding officer. From deploying in command of a Surface Action Group to the Arctic, increasing interoperability with regional partners throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the High North, standing ready to defend our nations values during heightened tension with Iran to executing the largest maritime advanced conventional weapons seizure in U.S. Navy history, NORMANDY Sailors have answered the call to service. As we look forward to reuniting with our loved ones, I could not be more proud of the men and women onboard NORMANDY and throughout the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.

Carrier Air Wing One (CVW) 1, commanded by Capt. Fitz Gentry, departed Norfolk on November 18, 2019. CVW-1 assets supported Central Command (CENTCOM) air superiority missions during Operation Freedoms Sentinel. During deployment, CVW-1 completed U.S. 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet operational requirements, resulting in 8,600 fixed wing sorties, 7,200 traps and more than 16,500 mishap-free flight hours.

This marks the culmination of an extended deploy-sustain-deploy cycle marked by operational challenges and uncertainty, said Gentry. Throughout this arduous deployment, Carrier Air Wing ONE has repeatedly demonstrated the extensive flexibility, agility, and lethality inherent to our nations carrier force. I could not be more proud of the efforts and achievements of our Sailors, Chiefs and Officers or more appreciative of their and their families sacrifices.

In the Western Atlantic under 2nd Fleet, Truman, Normandy and Forrest Sherman remained underway conducting a week of naval air integration exercises with Marine Corps elements assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW). Following these operations, the ships, under the operational control of U.S. Northern Command, participated in a major homeland defense exercise in partnership with North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), and the Canadian Royal Navy (RCN) and Air Force (RCA).

The HSTCSG proved the U.S. Navy can be a predictable strategic partner, displaying commitment to deterring aggression while facing emerging threats around the globe.

The Truman, Lassen and Farragut returned home later this month after completing necessary maintenance underway. Normandy and Forrest Sherman are homeported at Naval Station Norfolk.

Squadrons of CVW-1 include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 Red Rippers; VFA-81 Sunliners; VFA-136 Knighthawks; VFA-211 Fighting Checkmates; Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 Rooks; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 Seahawks; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 Proud Warriors; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 Dragon Slayers; and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 Rawhides.

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