Harry S Truman CSG Launches First OIR Missions Story Number
Harry S Truman CSG Launches First OIR
From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs.
Arabian Gulf – (NNS)
– December 29, 2015 – Strike aircraft from nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS
Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) flew their first missions in support of Operation
Inherent Resolve (OIR), the fight to destroy the ISIL terrorist organization,
Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 join French nuclear powered
aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91) in conducting combined combat
operations in Iraq and Syria from the Arabian Gulf.
Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, said the
abilities his forces bring to the fight are a vital part of the DIME equation -
diplomatic, informational, military and economic.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches
from the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
"Warfighting is the priority; that's why we are here," Batchelder said. "We
provide the hard power in the collective DIME, and look forward to contributing
however we can. Dual carrier operations with the French allow us to maximize our
firepower and provide a unique opportunity to further progress against ISIL. It
validates our abilities to successfully operate as an international coalition
while conducting very dynamic operations."
"We complement each other in that while one carrier is able to fly sorties in
country to support OIR, the other carrier can conduct maintenance and prepare
for the next day," said Capt. Fredrick Luchtman, commander, CVW 7. "The carriers
can then swap, which allows us to put more sorties in country while we partner
in this operation."
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet
area of operations supporting OIR, strike operations in Iraq and Syria, maritime
security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.
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