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Press Release 07-18
April 9, 2018

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to Depart for Deployment

NORFOLK, Va. — Nearly 6,500 Sailors of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) will depart Norfolk the morning of April 11, for a regularly-scheduled deployment.

Deploying ships and aircraft of the strike group, commanded by Rear Adm. Gene Black, include flagship USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), commanded by Capt. Nick Dienna; the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1; guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60); and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron Two Eight (DESRON 28), including USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), and USS Farragut (DDG 99). The Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) is also operating as part of the strike group during the first half of the deployment. Guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) are slated to deploy from their homeports and rejoin the strike group at a future date.

Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, commanded by Capt. John Perrone, embarked on Truman include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 “Red Rippers;” VFA-211 “Checkmates;” VFA-81 “Sunliners;” VFA-136 “Knighthawks;” 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.”

While deployed, the strike group will operate in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts alongside allies and partners. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to provide crisis response capability and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.​ 

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NOTE TO MEDIA:  Media interested in covering the carrier strike group’s departure from Naval Station Norfolk should contact Lt. Sherrie Flippin at, (757) 836-1959/(757) 620-1098 or Lt. Cmdr. Brian Wierzbicki at, (757) 836-2428 by 10 a.m. on  April 10 and plan to arrive at the Navy Tour Office on Hampton Blvd. at 8  a.m. April 11. 

Live hit opportunities will be available from the pier.​