USS Harry S Truman launches combat sorties from Mediterranean against ISIS
The US Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) strike group has conducted combat sorties from the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Iraq and Syria against ISIS.
The fighter jet F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 25, conducted several combat sorties in an effort to deplete the resources and leadership capability of the terrorist organisation.
The carrier strike group (CSG) is deployed in the 6th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to provide strike, ballistic missile defence, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
In April this year, the CSG achieved a major operational milestone during OIR and have destroyed or disrupted ISIS weapon storage facilities, training facilities, and financial infrastructure so far.
Sixth Fleet commander Navy vice admiral James Foggo III said: "While the Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group is in the 6th Fleet area of operations, they continue to project power ashore against terrorists and violent extremists.
"This exemplifies our navy's mobility, flexibility and adaptability, as well as our commitment to execute a full range of military operations in concert with our indispensable European Allies and partners."
The CSG consists of aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman; embarked Carrier Air Wing 7; Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8; the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio; Destroyer Squadron 28; and guided missile destroyers USS Bulkeley, USS Gonzalez and USS Gravely.
Prior to extending deployment to support the sixth Fleet AOO, the CSG conducted operations in the fifth Fleet AOO.
Image: A F/A-18E Super Hornet onboard the aircraft carrier during the OIR. Photo: courtesy of Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Flynn.