US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has entered European waters for operations in the US 6th Fleet, after recently undergoing unplanned repairs to its electrical systems.
The ship spent some two months undergoing repairs after it was forced to return to the yard shortly after getting underway in August. While the navy announced in early November that the issues had been resolved, the carrier’s belated deployment to Europe was only announced on December 2, after the ship arrived in the theater.
Truman got underway from Norfolk naval base on November 18.
The carrier is pioneering a new type of deployment concept for the navy’s carrier force. Called the “dynamic force employment”, it is envisioned to allow the navy to be “operationally unpredictable while remaining strategically predictable.”
The deployment that was initially set to start in August this year was the carrier’s second one since it returned home in December 2018.
Warships assigned to Truman’s carrier strike group deployed in September.
“We are ready to continue our steadfast commitment to our allies and partners in U.S. 6th Fleet,” said carrier strike group commander, Rear Adm. Andrew J. Loiselle. “These vital sea lanes must remain open for global commerce and prosperity, and nothing in the world is able to foster regional security like a carrier strike group.”