US Navy's George H.W. Bush CSG launches OIR missions against ISIS
The US Navy’s George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has commenced strike missions against ISIS from the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
The precision strikes are aimed at accelerating the US Navy’s fight against ISIS.
CSG 2 commander rear admiral Kenneth R. Whitesell said: “The superb efforts made by the men and women of this strike group will be critical to continuing this fight.
“The George H.W. Bush CSG brings a flexible, mobile and lethal multi-mission strike force to work with our allies and partner nations to engage ISIS, and the threat they pose to the region and the greater international community."
OIR is being implemented as part of the commitment made by the US and its partner nations worldwide to ensuring the elimination of the terrorist group ISIS.
Whitesell added: “This is what we've been training for. We're ready to support the mission wherever and whenever we're needed.
“We have a crew of highly-trained, warfighting professionals ready for this mission, and I know that we, along with our allies and regional partners, will be successful.”
George H.W. Bush CSG comprises USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, the staff of CSG 2, guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103).
The nine squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, and Mayport-based guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66) are also involved in the initiative.
The US Navy previously announced a similar mission in February, which was carried out by George H.W. Bush CSG in support of OIR against the ISIS from the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Image: An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the ‘Golden Warriors’ of strike fighter squadron (VFA) 87 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct operations in support of OIR. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Gaines/Released.