USS Harry S Truman achieves major operational milestone in fight against ISIS

26 April 2016 (Last Updated April 26th, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 have achieved a major operational milestone during Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

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The US Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 have achieved a major operational milestone during Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

The Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) have dropped 1,134 pieces of ordnance, which is more than any other aircraft carrier group involved in the operation to defeat ISIS.

Truman CSG is deployed in the US 5th Fleet area of operations to support OIR, strike operations in Iraq and Syria, maritime security operations, and theatre security cooperation efforts in the region.

“We have driven ISIL out of over 40% of their controlled territory and will continue to pursue them.”

CVW 7 completed 1,407 combat sorties and delivered 1,118 pieces, more than 580t of ordnance.

To date, the CSG 8 have disrupted and destroyed ISIS weapons storage facilities, training facilities, and financial infrastructure. The crew on-board Truman assumed the responsibility for assembling, handling and transporting the ordnance throughout the mission.

Carrier Strike Group 8 commander rear admiral Bret Batchelder said: "While we have seen major accomplishments during our time here, to include this one, the goal has not changed.

"We have driven ISIL out of over 40% of their controlled territory and will continue to pursue them. We will deny them safe haven to operate, and ultimately, the coalition will defeat them."

Earlier this year, USS Harry S Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 conducted their first mission in the fight against ISIS.

The aircraft carrier joined French nuclear powered aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91), which is conducting combined combat operations in Iraq and Syria from the Arabian Gulf.


Image: EA-18G Growler signalled for launch aboard Harry S Truman. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released.