100th Day of Deployment


151217-N-MW280-001 RED SEA (Dec. 17, 2015) – Ships of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group transit the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb. Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class C. A. Hawley/Released)

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.”


Truman’s New Tru Clip


By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lindsay A. Preston, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

A new piece of equipment created with a 3-D printer aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is saving the Navy thousands of dollars.

The “Tru Clip,” a small figure-eight shaped piece of plastic, designed and created by Truman’s AIMD department, to replace the clasp on the backs of hydras that are used to secure adaptors.

“When the clasp on the backs of hydras crack or break they become unusable,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ashley Figert. “It cost $615 to replace the clasp. The Tru Clip cost only 6 cents to make and I distribute about 30 Tru Clips to the hydra shop a day.”

According to Lt. j.g. Casey Staidl, IM-4 division officer, this new invention will save the Navy $4,500 a month and has the potential be used on other ships.

“A meeting was held last week through the Navy additive manufacture executive steering committee at the Pentagon to request funding to make the Tru Clip a fleetwide implementation,” said Staidl. “It was used as a prime example to support the expansion of using fabrication laboratories on all carriers.”

Truman received a 3-D printer prior to deployment to test its practical application for the fleet.

Chief Aviation Technician Jerrod Jenkins said the creation of the Tru Clip is another example of how this technology can help Sailors accomplish their daily tasks.

“Overall it allows Sailors on board to solve their own problems with the limited resources we have while at sea,” said Jenkins. “As of now we can’t print plastic for aircraft parts or installed shipboard systems, but we are moving in the right direction—this is just the beginning.”

The Tru Clip comes in four colors: silver, purple, lime green and hot pink. The bright colors are for Sailors with hydras who work on the flight deck.

“If the Tru Clip comes off the hydra, it is less of a foreign object damage hazard because it is easy to spot,” said Figert.

Figert said the piece was initially created to help one Sailor and was then dispersed throughout the ship to test the effectiveness of the product. Approximately 150 Tru Clips have been distributed to Sailors aboard Truman.

CSG-8 and Charles De Gaulle Battle Group Lead the Charge

160130-N-CC806-135 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 30, 2016) Aircraft carriers FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91), foreground, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transit the Arabian Gulf. Harry S. Truman and Charles De Gaulle, part of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force (CFT) 50, are conducting dual carrier naval strike operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blagoj B. Petkovski/Released)


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan Miller, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF – Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, embarked the deployed French aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91), Jan. 30.

U.S. and French forces have worked together closely over the last month, supporting coalition strike operations in the Middle East to degrade and destroy the ISIL terrorist organization.

CSG 8 and the Charles De Gaulle Carrier Battle Group are leading naval strike operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

“We look forward to working more and more with [CSG 8], to incorporate two carriers and two carrier strike groups,” said French Navy Rear Adm. Rene-Jean Crignola, commander, Charles De Gaulle Battle Group. “I’m glad [Truman] will be staying in the Gulf. Together we will carry out more deliberate missions than each on our own.”

Dual aircraft carrier operations will help ensure a strong naval force in the region with the necessary air capabilities to support operational requirements while meeting other security commitments.

The longstanding partnership between France and the U.S. predates the current terrorist threat and highlights its benefits now more than ever.

“U.S. and French forces continue our longstanding alliance, and it has enabled greater flexibility and increased pressure on ISIL,” said Batchelder. “Thanks to the professionalism, tenacity, and flawless execution by the Charles De Gaulle Battle Group, our turnover of flight operations has been seamless. We will continue the fight against violent extremism and achieve our objectives during this campaign.”

This is the French Navy’s third deployment in two years to the 5th Fleet area of operations.From Dec. 7 to Jan. 20, the Charles De Gaulle Battle Group led U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force (CTF) 50, marking the first time the French have commanded a U.S. Navy task force. Working interchangeably with the U.S. demonstrates a shared commitment to regional security and amplifies the interoperability of the partners’ maritime capabilities during conflict.

“It takes time to develop this level of interoperability in a forward deployed environment,” said Batchelder. “Working in tandem with Charles De Gaulle, we provide nearly 24-hour flight operations in the fight against ISIL. Together we expand our contributions to stability in the region.”

Combined Maritime Forces is a multi-national naval partnership which exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters, encompasseing some of the world’s most important shipping lanes. CTF-50 is one of 10 task forces operating in the 5th Fleet area of operations—focused on the planning and execution of coalition strike operations.

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.