By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lindsay A. Preston, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed their 100th day of deployment, Feb. 23.
Truman has traveled approximately 25,507 miles across the ocean during its deployment—completing eight strait transits, a suez canal transit and three port visits.
“The circumference of the world is 24,901 miles, and we have traveled farther than that,” said Quartermaster 2nd Class Daniel Searfoss. “It’s a great accomplishment not only for Navigation but everyone involved. Those who stood the watch maintained vigilance and we came together to sail thousands of miles across the world. We did this well on the way in, our goal is to do even better on the way out. We’re half-way there, and we still have more ocean to cover.”
As Truman traveled across the Atlantic, it accomplished 16 replenishments-at-sea enabling the ship to continue to operate and stay underway.
“It is very important to help the ship carry out the mission because we transport fuel during these evolutions,” said Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Ramani Smiley. “It is very hands-on and one of my favorite events. Knowing that we’ve completed 16 so far is very rewarding and deck department plays a vital role in making sure the ship has what it needs.”
In addition to fuel and supplies, Truman’s food service also plays an important role in making sure the Sailors aboard the ship have hot meals.
“We put our heart and soul into the food we cook and so far we have served more than 1,600,000 meals since we’ve deployed,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Samuel Coffee. “My biggest goal on deployment is creating a dish that reminds Sailors of home to give them that sense of escape while we’re out at sea. When I’m told that my food tastes like home, I know I’ve done my job.”
During Truman’s deployment Sailors recognized and celebrated several holidays on the mess decks with food and games. These events boost morale and help Sailors cope with being away from loved ones while at sea. Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Brant Fuller said that mail is another piece of home Sailors enjoy during deployment.
“About 548,000 pounds of mail have been distributed throughout the ship,” said Fuller. “Sailors are always looking forward to mail from loved ones at home and being a part of giving them that piece of home is very rewarding.”
Chief Aviation Boatswain Mate (Equipment) Sean Roberts said that although we are closer to coming home, Sailors must remain focused and maintain situational awareness at all times.
“We are half-way there but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Fuller. “We have launched about 3,400 aircraft since we deployed. More than 400 foreign object damage walk-downs have also taken place. Various safety checks are performed prior to each launch and everyone must remain on top of their game to make sure we carry out those procedures safely.”
Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Michael Bracero said Sailors should remain focused on safety in addition to taking advantage of accomplishing as much as they can each day on deployment.
“It’s a sense of accomplishment for my Sailors knowing we’ve dropped more than 400 bombs,” said Bracero. “While we’re out here we need to utilize all of our time in furthering our career and gaining as much knowledge as possible. There’s so much a Sailor can accomplish in just one day and now we have 100 days down.”