US Navy's George H.W. Bush CSG resumes OIR missions against ISIS


The US Navy’s George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) has commenced strike missions against ISIS from the eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

The CSG resumed the strike mission from the Mediterranean Sea after carrying out activities in support of OIR, as well as maritime security operations in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.

GHWBCSG conducted strikes from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of OIR between 6-8 March.

Carrier Strike Group 2 commander rear admiral Kenneth Whitesell said: “We are resuming a relentless pursuit of ISIS targets while reinforcing our commitment to partners and allies in the US 6th Fleet area of operations.”

The strike missions in support of OIR have been launched in order to highlight the US Navy’s capability to carry out precision strikes on ISIS targets from multiple theatres.

The strikes also demonstrate the flexibility of the naval force deployed worldwide.

"We are resuming a relentless pursuit of ISIS targets while reinforcing our commitment to partners and allies in the US 6th Fleet area of operations."

OIR represents the commitment of the US and its partner nations to eliminate the terrorist group ISIS, both in the region and globally.

The GHWBCSG comprises USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) with embarked staffs of CSG-2, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, and the squadrons of CVW-8.

It also includes guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66), in addition toDESRON 22 guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103).

The GHWBCSG departed for its third deployment on 21 January and also conducted a similar mission in support of OIR against the ISIS from the Arabian Gulf in March.


Image: An F / A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gaines / Released.