U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) wrapped up five days of sea trials returning to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk on July 25.
This was Truman’s first time underway in nearly a year, as the ship underwent a planned incremental availability (PIA), which began last September, .
“Sea trials is a five-day underway that pushes the limits of the ship; a true shakedown,” said Truman’s Executive Officer Capt. Cassidy Norman. “Everything we’ve done for the past year has been building up to this moment. I’m proud to finally have our ship back out on the waterfront.”
Team Truman navigated through the sea trials checklist completing a number of evolutions, including small boat recoveries, testing aqueous film-forming foam sprinkler systems, high-speed turns, catapult testing and a simulated replenishment-at-sea alongside USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13).
Since the shipyard period, Truman Sailors have also overcome testing on their ability to perform in various areas such as damage control, deck seamanship and flight deck operations, which are viable, simulated scenarios that can occur while at sea.
“This is our first time back out on the Atlantic since we pulled in to start the maintenance period a little under a year ago,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Kurt C. Trammell II. “We completed more than 300 hours of shipboard evolutions during the five days at sea. Our ship and her crew were pushed to their limits while we were out there, but we came out on top.”