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
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.
For more information, visit: www.navy.mil
NOTE TO MEDIA:
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Norfolk should contact Lt. Sherrie Flippin at email@example.com, (757)
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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.
hit opportunities will be available from the pier.