The French Connection: GHWBCSG Underway for Chesapeake 2018

The wing of a French Rafale Marine crests the horizon, on glidescope to be the first French navy (Marine Nationale) fighter jet to touch down as part of an historic combined flight operation aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) and French Carrier Air Wing (Groupe Aerien Embarque) departed Norfolk May 7 to begin combined exercise Chesapeake 2018. Marine Nationale sailors embarked Bush to conduct carrier qualifications (CQ). A CQ is a series of arrested landings and take-offs from…

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GHWBCSG Conducts Strikes from Mediterranean

February 13, 2017 – The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) commenced strike missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) from the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 13. Carrier strike groups demonstrate the mobility, flexibility and power projection capability of the Navy’s globally-deployed force — anytime, anywhere. The GHWBCSG operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of OIR demonstrate the capability of the U.S. Navy to conduct precision strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets from multiple theaters, highlighting the flexibility of the Navy’s globally-deployed…

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