Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to deploy from Norfolk this week

More than 6,500 sailors assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group will depart Norfolk for a deployment to Europe and the Middle East

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to deploy from Norfolk this week

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and ships assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) transit the Atlantic Ocean while conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford/Released)

Brock Vergakis
The Virginian-Pilot

NORFOLK — About 6,500 sailors assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group will depart Norfolk on Wednesday for a regularly scheduled deployment to Europe and the Middle East, according to the Navy.

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman is the lead ship of the strike group, which also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and the guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 28: USS Arleigh Burke, USS Bulkeley, USS Forrest Sherman and USS Farragut.

The German frigate FGS Heschen also will accompany the strike group for the first part of its deployment.

The Truman's most-recent deployment ended in July 2016. During that eight-month deployment, its air wing flew more than 2,000 combat sorties, breaking a record set by the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2015, the Navy has said. The Truman also dropped more than 819 tons of bombs, the Navy said.

After it returned, the Truman completed an aggressive maintenance schedule that included updates to internal and external communication networks, nearly 4,500 reactor repairs, renovations to 12 berthing spaces and 10 heads and the refurbishing of 90,000 square feet of its hangar bay and 7,000 feet of its flight deck, the Navy said in a news release.

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