Truman returns to sea after France visit

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Marseille, France, following a scheduled port visit. Photo: US Navy

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returned to operations after concluding a four-day port visit to Marseille, France, on June 25.

While in Marseille, Truman sailors welcomed more than 150 French guests aboard for a reception, June 23, including US Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco Jamie D. McCourt.

“To the men and women of the USS Harry S. Truman and the Carrier Strike Group, thank you for your service to our great nation and for all you do for all of us across the world,” said McCourt during her reception toast. “Here in Marseille, France, and all other ports you visit, you’re not only our ambassadors, but also our protectors.”

Harry S. Truman also welcomed aboard the commander of French naval forces in the Mediterranean, French Vice Adm. Charles-Henri du Che, who said the aircraft carrier “signified both sea power and the relationship between the United States and France.” This relationship first started in the open seas on February 6, 1778, prior to the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) started its US 6th Fleet area of operations deployment in April. The group is composed of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51).

Prior to visiting France, HSTCSG ships visited Greece in May, while the aircraft carrier’s air wing joined the Baltic Sea drill BALTOPS with sorties from the Mediterranean Sea. The aircraft contributed to operation Inherent Resolve launching air strikes in the Middle East just a few days later.

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