Truman Gets Underway for Sustainment Exercise

April 1, 2019 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Naval Station Norfolk March 28 to participate in a scheduled sustainment exercise (SUSTEX) with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 ships and squadrons. “Since returning in December from our deployment to the U.S. Second and Sixth Fleets, our tasking has been to remain deployment-ready in every respect,” said Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Rear Adm. Gene Black. “This sustainment exercise will provide a realistic and challenging at-sea opportunity to refresh our skills, apply what we learned on deployment and ensure…

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USS Vella Gulf Visits in Agadir

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Agadir, Morocco, Nov. 28., for a scheduled port visit. The visit serves to enhance U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security. “Our crew is really excited for our visit to Morocco; most Sailors joined the Navy to see the world and very few of them have ever been to Agadir or anywhere else in Africa,” said Capt. Rob Thompson,…

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US Ships Complete Live-Fire Exercise

February 9, 2017 – In conjunction with the Missile Defense Agency, guided-missile cruisers USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), along with guided-missile destroyers USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) and USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), successfully executed a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of North Carolina Feb. 4. This exercise demonstrated the effective employment of the ships integrated naval weapons systems (AEGIS), while giving each ship’s crew the opportunity to track and guide weapons, and destroy simulated enemy targets in a live scenario. The exercise…

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