USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is back at sea following a scheduled port visit to Marseille, France, June 21-25.
While in Marseille, Truman Sailors were able to experience the history and culture of one of the oldest ports in the world. The ship and crew also welcomed more than 150 French guests aboard for a reception, June 23, including U.S. 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.
“On a historical note, the first nation that recognized the stars and stripes at sea and rendered honors at sea was a French ship, and I am pleased to say that relationship continues,” said Commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Rear Adm. Gene Black during his reception remarks. “You do us a great honor to come aboard the USS Harry S. Truman today to celebrate the relationship between the United States and France.”
Harry S. Truman is deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security operations and U.S. national security interests.