Monday, November 26, 2007

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group heading for Central Command operations

20th November 2007
(2007-11-20 07:30:00 )

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group was recently involved in a rescue mission in the Strait after a small boat was found adrift.

According to reports emerging from US naval sources a sailor from USS Truman saw the individual in a small boat as they were trying to signal by waving their paddles. The USS San Jacinto, part of the Strike Group was sent to assess the group.

After providing the vessel with food and water, the Spanish Rescue Coordination Center was notified of the situation with the San Jacinto staying in the area until their arrival.

The Strike Group is made up of the USS Harry S. Truman, Carrier Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing 3, Destroyer Squadron, USS Hue City, USS San Jacinto, USS Oscar Austin, USS Carney, USS Winston S. Churchill, USNS Arctic, USS Montpelier, Canadian HMCS Charlottetown, and British HMS Manchester.

The latter two were in Gibraltar this weekend prior to resuming their duties with the Strike Force.

Truman spending Thanksgiving in Naples

By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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With the Bay of Naples as a backdrop, Rear Adm. William Gortney, left, commander of Carrier Strike Group 10, and Capt. Herm Shelanski, commander of the USS Harry S. Truman, speak with reporters Tuesday on the USS Harry S. Truman's flight deck.
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Sailors of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman wash down an F/A-18 C Hornet on as Naples’ Mount Vesuvius looms in the background.
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An HH-60 Seahawk helicopter hovers above the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, which pulled into Naples, Italy, on Tuesday, its first port visit since leaving Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 5 for a scheduled six-month deployment. The carrier’s roughly 5,200 sailors will spend Thanksgiving in Naples.
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NAPLES, Italy — In her two years of service in the Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ellysa McCreary has missed two Thanksgivings at home.

“I’ve got mixed feelings. I try not to think about it,” the 20-year-old sailor said Tuesday as she plotted navigational coordinates aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

“This year, I’ll hang out with my buddies and make the best of it, and be thankful for what I do have instead of longing after what I don’t.”

What she has is the chance to spend the holiday in Naples, as the carrier pulled into the Italian port city Tuesday morning for its first port visit since leaving Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 5. The carrier is on a scheduled six-month deployment.

Holidays away from family usually are the hardest on deployed troops, said Rear Adm. William Gortney, commander of Carrier Strike Group 10, adding that sailors aboard the Truman and other ships in the strike group will make it feel as much like home as possible for those who dine aboard the ship.

A nation at war marks “unique” challenges during any ship’s cruise, Gortney said.

“For this deployment, we’re sailing into harm’s way, into the unknown,” he said. “It’s not the deployment of the past.”

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation office of Naval Support Activity Naples plans to host a marathon of traditional Thanksgiving dinners — with a twist — from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, accommodating visiting sailors and those who live in Naples.

Not only will there be turkey, turkey and turkey, there also will be a sprinkling of activities to lure young sailors, from a Texas Hold ’em tournament, to karaoke, a hip-hop show and video games tournament.

More than 60 percent of the strike group sailors are on their first deployment — and they’ll miss not only Thanksgiving at home, but also Christmas and New Year’s.

Cmdr. Richard Wood, commander of VAW 126 squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes, said he tells his sailors to prepare early for missing holidays at home.

“We’ve been talking about this the whole year, getting them ready,” Wood said.

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