The US Navy's George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) has commenced strike missions in Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
GHWBCSG was launched from the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and executed strike missions in support of OIR in order to highlight the capability of the US Navy to conduct precision strikes on ISIS targets from multiple theatres.
The strike operations demonstrate the flexibility, mobility and power projection capability of the US Navy’s force deployed worldwide.
US 6th Fleet commander vice-admiral Christopher W. Grady said: “The precision strike operations being carried out by the Bush Carrier Strike Group in the eastern Mediterranean Sea continue to demonstrate the tremendous warfighting capability and flexibility of the US Navy.
“By defeating violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, we are simultaneously supporting two separate geographic combatant commands.”
GHWBCSG will continue to assist its allies and partners, deter potential threats and conduct strikes against ISIS operators and infrastructure in support of OIR.
OIR represents the commitment of the US and its partner nations to eliminating the terrorist group ISIS, both in the region and worldwide.
The GHWBCSG comprises USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier with embarked staffs of CSG-2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 and the squadrons of CVW-8, DESRON-22 guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103), as well as guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66).
Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group have also recently operated in the US 6th Fleet area of operations.
Image: An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Black Lions’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of OIR. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Gaines / Released.