Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Truman Transits Strait of
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd
Class Anthony Flynn, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs.
July 5, 2016
— Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transited the Strait of
Gibraltar, July 2.
The Strait of Gibraltar sits between the Atlantic Ocean and
Mediterranean Sea, dividing southern Europe and northern Africa. "It's one of
the most historic straits in the world," said Quartermaster 2nd Class Daniel
Searfoss. "Some of the greatest explorers, like Ferdinand and Columbus, have
used this strait in their journeys. I'm honored, as a navigator, to be able to
say I've gone through it."
The aircraft carrier USS Harry
S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean. The Harry S. Truman Carrier
Strike Group is on an 8-month deployment to support maritime security operations
and theater security cooperation efforts.
This is the second time Truman has transited the strait;
however, this time there are some key differences.
"When we transited the strait on our way out here it was
during the night," said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Giacomo Zach. "They
didn't open up the flight deck to the crew and there wasn't a whole lot that you
could see. This time we had great weather and visibility so you could see Spain,
Morocco and the Rock [of Gibraltar]."
Strait transits can be a challenge and demand a lot of
attention to detail throughout the entire evolution.
"When the ship's in open water we can just maneuver around
stuff," said Searfoss. "In straits we're locked on course. Every movement we
make requires early communication, and any time we have to get off track could
create a hazard for us."
The strait is 7.7 nautical miles wide at its narrowest point
with heavy traffic consisting of ferries, merchants and fishing boats from both
"This strait is a little wider than some of the others we've
gone through, but there's quite a bit of activity," said Zach. "We did have
incidents where people tested the ship's boundaries and our [helicopters] had to
Truman's Security department provides increased protection
around the ship as an additional safety measure during the transit.
"We man the .50-calibers and [M240 machine guns]," said
Master-at-Arms 1st Class Thomas Powers. "We're extra cautious of our
surroundings. Even small boats can be a threat to us."
Completing the transit and entering the Atlantic Ocean was a
major milestone and one of the final evolutions of this deployment.
"The Strait of Gibraltar was the entrance and exit for this
deployment," said Searfoss. "Making this transit means we are on our way out.
The next time any of us see land it will be Norfolk."
Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is currently on an
8-month deployment to support maritime security operations and theater security
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