The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted an on-load of an estimated 3.9 million pounds of ordnance, June 1-3, preparing the ship for upcoming work-up cycles and follow-on deployment.
MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the Nightdippers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 transferred weapons including missiles, small arms, and general-purpose bombs to Truman by vertical replenishment from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12).
Lt. Cmdr. J. L. Bell, Truman’s ordnance handler officer, said the completion of this on-load makes Truman fully equipped and capable of conducting combat operations.
The successful completion of this on-load means the ship will be loaded to complete all the training for Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
Armed and ready, the ship is scheduled to begin TSTA later this month.
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