The USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) has resumed strike missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
The GHWBCSG entered the Mediterranean Sea June 5, after conducting operations in support of OIR and maritime security operations in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.The group previously operated in the US 6th Fleet area of operations and last conducted strikes in from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of OIR from March 6th – 8th.
The GHWBCSG operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of OIR demonstrate the capability of the U.S. Navy to conduct precision strikes on ISIS targets from multiple theaters, highlighting the flexibility of the Navy’s globally deployed force.
Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander, Carrier Strike Group 2 said:
“We are resuming a relentless pursuit of ISIS targets, while reinforcing our commitment to partners and allies in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.”
According to the US Navy:
“Carrier strike groups demonstrate the mobility, flexibility and power projection capability of the Navy’s globally deployed force – anytime, anywhere.
Operation Inherent Resolve is the unwavering resolve and deep commitment of the U.S. and partner nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIS and the threat they pose to the region and the wider international community.
The GHWBCSG consists of the flagship USS George H.W. Bush with embarked staffs of CSG-2, Carrier Air Wing 8 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, and the squadrons of CVW-8; guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66); and DESRON 22 guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103).”
The GHWBCSG departed for its third deployment in January 2017.