*Navy Life

Lowell’s Home away from Home

(July 2, 2012) Our Command Spotlight of the Week is: USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) of Commander Carrier Strike Group TEN (CCSG-10) USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) provides a wide range of flexible mission capabilities, to include maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, forward naval presence, crisis response, sea control, deterrence, counter-terrorism, information operations, security cooperation and counter-proliferation.
     The ship’s embarked air wing is capable of projecting tactical air power over the sea and inland, as well as providing sea-based air, surface and subsurface defense capabilities.
     USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is the ninth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth in the Nimitz class. The keel was laid by Newport News Shipbuilding November 29, 1993, and the ship, named after the 33rd President of the United States, was christened September 7, 1996. The ship was launched September 13, 1996, and delivered to the United States Navy June 30, 1998. USS Harry S. Truman was commissioned July 25, 1998.
     In August 1998, TRUMAN was put to sea for the first time as a U.S. Navy carrier to conduct Flight Deck Certifications, an evolution designed to test the ship’s ability to successfully launch and recover aircraft.
     After an extensive work-up cycle that tested the ship and challenged her crew, TRUMAN embarked on its maiden deployment November 28, 2000.
     On February 16, 2001, the TRUMAN team was called into action in support of Operation Southern Watch. In response to surface-to-air missile fire against coalition forces enforcing United Nations Security Counsel Resolutions, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) took part in a sanctioned response and struck Iraqi integrated air defense system sites.
     After nearly 180 days and traveling more than 44,000 nautical miles, TRUMAN completed her first deployment May 23, 2001.
     TRUMAN entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for her first Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) September 5, 2001. Six months later, TRUMAN began training for her second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which began December 5, 2002.
     In early February 2003, TRUMAN took up station in the Eastern Mediterranean and waited for word to launch strikes against Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. When the order came in the late-night hours of March 19, 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom was in full swing. TRUMAN successfully launched 1,280 sorties, dropped more than 700 tons of ordnance and helped liberate the people of Iraq. The ship returned to her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk May 23, 2003.
     In August 2003, TRUMAN entered NNSY again for her second PIA. On February 13, 2004, the ship pulled out of the shipyard four days early and under budget.
     In November 2007, TRUMAN departed Norfolk on a seven-month combat deployment. During the deployment, TRUMAN supported Maritime Security Operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. TRUMAN also launched 2,459 combat sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
     After completing a third successful PIA in February 2009, TRUMAN deployed in May 2010 for seven months. During the deployment, TRUMAN traveled more than 50,000 nautical miles and flew more than 10,000 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  The ship returned to Norfolk December 21, 2010.
     TRUMAN is currently undergoing a Drydock Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) at NNSY after which she will begin another cycle of work-ups to prepare for her next deployment. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has won six Battle “E” awards: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
     “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S. Truman
     For additional information, please visit the official web site: http://www.truman.navy.mil/

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