The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) entered the US 6th Fleet area of operations yesterday as part of what the US Navy call a ‘routine deployment in support of NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and US national security interests in Europe and Africa.’

The presence of the HSTCSG, they say, demonstrates the multi-mission capability of the US Navy’s globally deployed force and is part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations.

“We are thrilled to have the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group here in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and look forward to having them on our team as we conduct the full spectrum of maritime operations to include working alongside our NATO allies and regional partners.

Our US 6th fleet motto is “Power for Peace,” and there is no more recognisable symbol of American naval power than a carrier strike group. Their presence in this vital region is a reflection of our commitment to a safe, prosperous and free Europe and Africa.”

– Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet

According to a press release:

“The HSTCSG consists of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60); Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), along with the embarked staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28.

Embarked aviation squadrons include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11; VFA-81; VFA-136; VFA-211; Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137; Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11; and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40.The Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) is also operating as part of the strike group during the initial portion of the deployment. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) are slated to deploy and rejoin the strike group at a later date.”

That’s some firepower.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Almost a real Carrier BATTLE Group in numbers of hulls. Add an SSN to the mix and you have some really significant capability here.

    Cheers

  2. Perhaps that’s the point here, to have enough overwhelming force on hand to persuade our “friends” that we aren’t going to be deterred as we go into phase 2. I recall Trump stated that the U.S. is not on any particular schedule IRT this… Personally I think we’ve got bigger fish to fry in our sights and it lies at the far end of the Persian Gulf…

    Cheers

    • Yup. When the final 2 ABs join the group that’s 6 x 96 plus 1 x 122 = 698 Mk41 tubes! When (if) we get all 8 T26 into service and do what to me seems highly unlikely now and fit the FFBNW Mk41s to all 6 of our T45s (FFBNW 12 each I think) our entire navy would still only have a total of 264 Mk41 tubes. The reality is without those highly unlikely T45 additions we’ll actually probably end up with 192 unless T31 gets any.

      I do keep saying we’ll never be the USA but sometimes the comparisons are just so stark. Thank goodness they are on our side.

  3. One is perhaps a pale green shade of envy.

    Would have been cool if the CSG had been able to appear at Joint Warrior – and up the Clyde!

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