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US Navy Conducts Counter-ISIL Sorties from Mediterranean

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS160603-09
Release Date: 6/3/2016 11:31:00 AM

From Headquarters, United States European Command

STUTTGART, Germany (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group conducted combat sorties from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea June 3, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Syria and Iraq.

The Carrier Strike Group transited the Suez Canal June 2 and flew multiple combat sorties June 3 in an effort to degrade ISIL resources and leadership.

"While the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is in the 6th Fleet area of operations, they continue to project power ashore against terrorists and violent extremists," said Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. "This exemplifies our Navy's mobility, flexibility and adaptability, as well as our commitment to execute a full range of military operations in concert with our indispensable European Allies and partners," he added.

The strike group consists of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7; Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8; USS Anzio (CG 68); Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28; USS Bulkeley (DDG 84); USS Gonzalez (DDG 66); and USS Gravely (DDG 107).

The strike group brings multi-mission capable platforms to the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of responsibility and the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations with strike, ballistic missile defense, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. These resources further serve to support European Allies and partners, deter potential threats and to conduct combat operations in support of the counter-ISIL mission.

After conducting operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations, the strike group's deployment has been extended to support dismantling and rolling back terrorist networks from the 6th Fleet area of operations before it will return home to Norfolk.

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