The US Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman's (CVN 75) deployment in the Arabian Gulf to combat ISIS operations has been extended by 30 days.
According to US Navy Admiral John Richardson, the extended deployment of Truman will contribute 20%-25% towards the total airpower support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), and is in line with US President Barack Obama's acceleration of the campaign to uproot ISIS.
Richardson said the strike group and all of its assigned forces were playing a critical role, "not only in that particular fight, but in terms of the broader maritime security in the Gulf."
The Truman Carrier Strike Group (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.
To date, CSG 8 have disrupted and or 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.
Last month, USS Harry S Truman and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 dropped 1,134 pieces of ordnance, which is more than any other aircraft carrier group involved in the operation to defeat 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: An F/A-18F Super Hornet launched from USS Harry S Truman in the Gulf. Photo: courtesy of Petty Officer 2nd Class B B Petkovski.