The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group entered the 6th Fleet area of operations April 18 as part of a her current deployment that is eventually slated to take the ship and her escort ships to the Persian Gulf.

While in the Mediterranean, the strike group is set to support NATO allies as well as European and African partner nations, according to a press release by the U.S. Sixth Fleet.

“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,” Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, Sixth Fleet commander, said in the release.

Along with the aircraft carrier Truman, the battle group was comprised of the guided-missile cruiser Normandy, guided-missile destroyers Farragut, Forrest Sherman, Bulkeley and Arleigh Burke. Embarked on Truman are Carrier Air Wing 1, its eight squadrons, and Destroyer Squadron 28.

The German frigate FGS Hessen is with the strike group for the first half of the deployment, and the guided-missile destroyers Jason Dunham and The Sullivans will join the group at a later date.

Truman is the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to operate in the Mediterranean Sea since July 2017, when the George H.W. Bush vacated the region.

Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.

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