The crew of US Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) arrived in Marseille, France, for a scheduled port visit on June 18.
The carrier pulled into port after completing joint operations with the French carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) and deploying an aircraft training detachment to Naval Air Station Landivisiau in northwestern France.
The strike group also worked alongside the French Navy during a variety of NATO exercises and activities, including Neptune Strike and Neptune Shield.
“Port visits strengthen defense partnerships and capabilities between the United States and their partners and allies. These visits also bolster interpersonal relationships and provide sailors with a deeper understanding of the countries they work alongside while operating in the region,” the US Navy said.
USS Harry S. Truman is currently on a deployment to the European theater, having arrived to the Mediterranean Sea in December last year. Prior to visiting France, the carrier concluded port visits in Trieste, Italy, and Split, Croatia.
During their stay in Marseille, Truman, CVW 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 sailors will participate in community service projects with local children at Training Field Saint Jerome and will meet the Blue Stars, Marseille’s American football team.
Truman is the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG); additional elements include the nine squadrons of CVW 1, commanded by Capt. Patrick Hourigan; the staff and guided-missile destroyers of DESRON 28 commanded by Capt. Todd Zenner, which include: USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109); and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), commanded by Capt. Christopher Marvin.