US aircraft carrier Truman CSG positioned in the Aegean Sea.
Image Credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabriela Chambers.
Last week, the US aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman along with its strike group (CVN-75) have repositioned to the North Aegean Sea from the Adriatic Sea to be closer to Ukraine. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S., allied, and also partner interests in Africa and Europe. Even though US and NATO would not impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, the carrier and its strike group moved to the North Aegean Sea for increased security in the region and reassurance.
The Truman carrier conducted maritime training with the French carrier Charles de Gaulle’s Task Force 473 and Italian carrier Cavour strike groups in the Mediterranean Sea last February. The aircraft carrier holds around 90 fighter jets. The aircraft carrier is supported by the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56);USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), USS Mitscher (DDG 57); Norwegian Royal Navy Fridjof Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Fridjtof Nansen (F310); and Italian Navy Bergamini-class guided-missile frigate ITS Carabiniere (F 593).
More details to follow.