Second Fleet Commander Embarks America's Newest Aircraft Carrier

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    UNITED STATES - 4 FEBRUARY 2011

    ATLANTIC OCEAN -- Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, Vice Adm. Daniel P. Holloway embarked on the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Feb. 1-4.

    The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is currently conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the Atlantic Ocean. Holloway's visit marks his first underway embark on Bush, arriving aboard to assess the progress of the Strike Group during the exercises and visit with the Strike Group leadership team.

    COMPTUEX and JTFEX are the final training exercises before a strike group is certified as ready to deploy, challenging the ships and Sailors with various battle problems and at-sea engagements across the full spectrum of combat operations. While embarked, Holloway served as the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander for the strike group and coalition units, overall in charge of assets in the maritime domain in a wartime engagement scenario.

    "We need agile, relevant naval forces ready to respond to the call of the nation," said Holloway. "It is an honor for me to be embarked to review at sea this rigorous training and certification process," said Holloway.

    Holloway previously visited Bush in December, welcoming the crew back to Norfolk after an underway period, and personally thanking everyone for taking part in a medical evacuation of a Sailor from a U.S. Navy submarine at sea which had delayed the carrier's return to port.

    "I'm here to tell you this team has already performed the fundamental block and tackling to establish the foundation to be full mission capable," said Holloway. "I am confident she will be certified in all warfare areas in time for her combat deployment."

    The GHWB Strike Group includes the staffs of Carrier Strike Group TWO and Destroyer Squadron 22, the aircraft and crew of Carrier Air Wing 8 and ships: USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Anzio (CG 68) and Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon (F 102).

    Joining the GHWB Strike Group during COMPTUEX are USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Boone (FFG 28), USS Carr (FFG 52), USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) and USS Monterey (CG 61).
    In addition to embarking onboard Bush, Holloway visited the other ships in the Strike Group and participating in the exercise, flying via helicopter to each ship over the course of three days. Holloway's first visit was with the strike group's Spanish partners onboard Borbon.

    "The building of relationships and forging partnerships before the crisis occurs are key to our coalition engagement," said Holloway.

    "The Strike Group Team has come together and has worked very hard so far during COMPTUEX to be in the highest state of readiness possible when we deploy," said Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, GHWB Strike Group. "We're honored that Adm. Holloway had the opportunity to see just how talented and dedicated this part of his Second Fleet team is."

    Bush will depart on its first-ever combat deployment in Spring 2011, serving as the flagship for Tyson and the GHWB Strike Group.



    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2011) A Sailor from the weapons department aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) fires a shot line to the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) during an underway replenishment. George H.W. Bush is in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2011) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2011) An F/A-18A+ Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2011) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2011) A Sailor assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 cleans the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2011) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 prepare to take off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Length: 333 m.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. USS George H.W. Bush is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    USS Truxtun Conducts Gunnery Exercise During Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the George H.W. Bush (GHWB) Strike Group
    United States - 6 February 2011

    USS TRUXTUN, At Sea -- The USS Truxtun (DDG 103) Weapons department conducted a gunnery exercise (GUNEX), Jan. 23, during a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the George H.W. Bush (GHWB) Strike Group.

    "We're trying to build a force protection team to efficiently and safely protect this ship and the people who live on it. That's our mission," said Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Shelby L. Winter.

    Winter's responsibility for the exercise included setting up an M-240B weapon with a mount and ammunition. During the exercise Winter manned and fired the weapon with accuracy despite unfavorable conditions.

    "It was a little hard to complete the exercise because we were in rough seas," said Winter.

    By the end of the exercise, Winter was drenched in salt water. The sea spray and cold air added a new variable to the exercise.

    According to Ens. Charles A. Janssen, USS Truxtun weapons officer, the possible enemies on the receiving end of these weapons are many and varied. During the GUNEX, force protection personnel were on the lookout for enemy small boats, derelict merchant vessels and small aircraft, he said.

    "It's all about planning," said Janssen. "The exercises get more complicated when we throw in moving targets and other ships from the strike group."

    During the exercise several changes occurred. All of the stations needed to be moved from port to starboard.

    "Nothing went according to plan, but it's about adapting to a real world situation," said Janssen. "Flexibility, communication, adaptation and execution are essential."

    Sailors don't have to be part of Truxtun's Weapons department to participate in the mission of force protection and ship security. Weapons training is available for anyone on the ship who is interested.

    "The exercises give us more experience," said Janssen. "If we don't have good enough experience we will have an increased threat."

    Along with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), GHWB Strike Group assets participating in COMPTUEX/JTFEX include USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Anzio (CG 68), the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, and the Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102). GHWB Strike Group is scheduled to depart on its first overseas deployment this spring.


    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 5, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Rene Reyes, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, inspects an M61A-2 Vulcan cannon inside the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 25, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Truxtun is conducting a composite training unit exercise as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to prepare for an upcoming combat deployment.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 26, 2011) Sailors seek cover from sea spray behind an MK-45 5-inch/54-caliber gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103). Truxtun is conducting a composite training unit exercise as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to prepare for an upcoming combat deployment.
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    USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group Certified Combat Ready
    UNITED STATES - 21 FEBRUARY 2011

    ATLANTIC OCEAN -- The George H.W. Bush (GHWB) Carrier Strike Group is certified ready for combat operations after successfully completing its first Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), Feb. 21.

    The Strike Group assets departed their various homeports on or about Jan. 19 to begin final exercises before embarking on its first overseas deployment scheduled for spring of this year.

    "This Strike Group was absolutely ready for these exercises, and our Sailors hit the ball out of the park," said Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson. "This is America's newest strike group in America's newest aircraft carrier, and our team is strong and ready to go. At the end of the day, COMPTUEX and JTFEX are really tests of our ability to work as a team, and we nailed it. From the Sailors on USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) supporting the squadrons in the air wing to the cruisers and destroyers doing their job protecting and defending the carrier along with performing maritime security operations, everyone did their part, and because of that, this team excelled."

    During COMPTUEX, the GHWB Strike Group entered into an intensive training scenario loosely based on geo-political conditions from around the globe. The scenarios, designed and executed by Strike Force Training Atlantic (SFTL), simulated many real-world situations that the GHWB Strike Group could encounter on deployment, including small boat attacks, mines, strait transits in hostile waters and aerial, surface and sub-surface threats. Each scenario built on the one before, testing both the individual components of the GHWB Strike Group, as well as its collective effectiveness.

    "COMPTUEX is a complicated and advanced exercise, and it requires every asset within the Strike Group to be fully trained and ready to execute their mission," said SFTL commander Rear Adm. Dennis E. FitzPatrick. "I was very impressed with the level of commitment to success I saw throughout the Strike Group. The dedicated Sailors of the Strike Group were trained, mentored and assessed, and excelled at every challenge SFTL placed in front of them."

    COMPTUEX was a 23-day evolution, and included all assets within the Strike Group, from the flagship George H.W. Bush to the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8), the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Monterey (CG 61), and USS Anzio (CG 68), Destroyer Squadron 22 ships USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103), and the Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón (F 102). All told, nearly 7,500 Sailors played a direct role in the evolution.

    "The amount of coordination that goes into an exercise like COMPTUEX is phenomenal. The only way it works, the only way the assets within the Strike Group accomplish their own individual missions, is if they communicate effectively and work together. That teamwork mentality is vital, and our success during COMTPUEX and JTFEX tells me that this Strike Group is ready to deploy in support of our nation's interests and execute any tasking we may receive," said Tyson.

    FitzPatrick echoed Tyson's sentiments.

    "Teamwork is the key to mission accomplishment, and COMPTUEX and JTFEX are designed to test you. Every single Sailor had a role to play and every unit was critical to success. From the cruisers, to the destroyers, to the squadrons, to the aircraft carrier; each is strong as a single unit, but integrated effectively together and their overall strength is greater than their sum. This Strike Group knows how to work together and achieve mission success," said FitzPatrick.

    Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class (SW/IUSS) Thomas Hoban, assigned to Operations Department aboard USS George H.W. Bush, is responsible for coordinating the Strike Group's antisubmarine warfare efforts, acting as the liaison between USS George H.W. Bush and the other ships in the Strike Group.

    "This has been a very high operational tempo underway, from tracking submarines at 3 a.m. to standing your watch to going into general quarters," said Hoban. "It's been non-stop action all day long."

    During COMPTUEX, boarding teams from ships throughout the Strike Group performed more than 20 practice visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) evolutions, and the eight squadrons assigned to the embarked air wing flew nearly 3,800 hours during 1,800 sorties.

    On Feb. 11, George H.W. Bush moored pierside at Naval Station Mayport for the carrier's first ever liberty port. During the three-day visit, Sailors participated in events sponsored by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office, including trips to Walt Disney World and the Daytona International Speedway, as well as a community relations project at the Florida Baptist Children's Home in Jacksonville. Other Strike Group ships visited Port Canaveral, Port Everglades, and Key West.

    "We just relaxed and did some shopping and got something good to eat," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Jesse C. Daniel of George H.W. Bush's Combat Systems Department. "It was really nice to catch up on sleep and recharge and get some time to clear my head."

    The Strike Group returned to sea Feb. 14 to begin the final exam – JTFEX. For nearly 10 days, SFTL evaluated the overall combat readiness of the GHWB Strike Group, specifically focusing on the Strike Group's ability to interact and operate with other U.S. military and coalition forces.

    The Spanish frigate Borbón and its 240 sailors were fully integrated throughout both exercises, including several exchange visits between Borbón and George H.W. Bush Sailors. Because Borbón will participate in the early stages of the Strike Group's deployment, full engagement of crews, systems and protocol was critical. French navy assets, including the destroyer FS Primauguet (D 644) and the submarine FS Perle (S606), joined the Strike Group for JTFEX as well.

    "The scenarios [the crew] experienced during COMPTUEX/JTFEX are based on real-world operations today's carrier strike groups can expect to face in the deployed environment," said FitzPatrick. "Geo-political situations are fluid and ever-changing across the globe, and leadership needs the multi-mission flexibility a strike group brings to their area of responsibility. The mission of our carrier strike groups can change at a moment's notice depending on real time events, and the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Sailors are ready to deploy and accept any mission given to them."

    "The Navy's carrier strike groups are critical to the nation's maritime strategy," said Tyson. "Our combined capabilities allow us to deploy to any region around the globe to lend support, whether it's to U.S. forces on the ground or to mariners in distress or to countries reeling from natural disaster. We are a powerful force for good, and our success during COMPTUEX and JTFEX is proof that this Strike Group is ready to take on any tasking we are given."
     
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    U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to leave Va. for first combat deployment
    UNITED STATES - 6 MAY 2011

    NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy's newest aircraft carrier is preparing for its first combat deployment.

    In a news release, the Navy says the George H.W. Bush Strike Group will leave Norfolk on May 11. The strike group will support maritime security in the Navy's 5th and 6th fleet areas of operation.

    The strike group has about 6,000 sailors and includes the nuclear-powered USS George H.W. Bush. Named for the nation's 41st president, the $6.2 billion warship is the 10th and final in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers first launched in 1972. They are the largest warships in the world.


    File Photo: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). Length: 333 meters.
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    George H.W. Bush Strike Group to Deploy
    UNITED STATES - 10 MAY 2011

    NORFOLK -- The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) will depart for its maiden combat deployment May 11.

    The strike group, which includes the Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), is scheduled to conduct operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

    This deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe. Working with allied and partner maritime forces, GHWB CSG units will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts which help establish conditions for regional stability.

    "The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is ready to go," said Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, GHWB CSG. "These Sailors have worked extremely hard over the last year, and we are fully prepared to execute any and all tasking in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy."

    The five ships and eight aircraft squadrons of GHWB CSG consist of approximately 6,000 Sailors who have spent the last year conducting intensive training and certification exercises to establish a safe, cohesive organization capable of performing a wide variety of missions across the globe, ranging from anti-piracy and ground support operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

    The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is made up of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, the Norfolk-based USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) based at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Norfolk-based USS Anzio (CG 68), and Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57).
     
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    USS George H.W. Bush Departs for Maiden Deployment

    USS George H.W. Bush Departs for Maiden Deployment
    UNITED STATES - 11 MAY 2011

    NORFOLK -- The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) departed for its maiden deployment May 11.

    The strike group, led by the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and its nearly 6,000 Sailors; is scheduled to conduct operations in the U.S. Navy's 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.

    The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.

    Working with allied and partner maritime forces, GHWB CSG units will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts which help establish conditions for regional stability.

    "The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is ready to go," said Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of GHWB CSG. "These Sailors have worked extremely hard over the last year and we are fully prepared to execute any and all tasking in support of the nation's maritime strategy."

    The five ships and eight aircraft squadrons of GHWB CSG consist of approximately 6,000 Sailors who have spent the last year conducting intensive training and certification exercises to establish a safe, cohesive organization capable of performing a wide variety of missions across the globe, ranging from counter-piracy and ground support operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

    The George H.W. Bush Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57).



    NORFOLK (May 11, 2011) Family members and friends of Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) watch as mooring lines are released and the ship departs Naval Station Norfolk on its maiden deployment. George H.W. Bush, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, will deploy as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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    NORFOLK (May 11, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departs Naval Station Norfolk on its maiden deployment. George H.W. Bush, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, will deploy as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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    NORFOLK (May 11, 2011) The Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) crosses over the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel as it departs for its first combat deployment. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group will support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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    George H.W. Bush Strike Group Participates in Exercise Saxon Warrior
    UNITED STATES - 21 MAY 2011

    USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea -- George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) commenced Saxon Warrior '11, May 19.

    Saxon Warrior is an exercise designed to develop theater-specific combat skills as well as enhance cooperation between multi-national forces and government agencies.

    Led by the United Kingdom-based Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), Saxon Warrior presents a myriad of challenges to the multi-national and multi-platform force by creating a diverse and unpredictable war environment based on fictional geo-political and military scenarios.

    The eight-day exercise taking place off the coast of England is presented in phases. The initial phase presents single-mission scenarios encompassing surface, submarine, and air combat, as well as maritime security operations such as counter-piracy and visit, board, search and seizure missions. The various stand-alone scenarios are designed to effectively test a large number of combat skills in preparation for the final phase's multi-mission war and future real-world maritime operations. The exercise will culminate with a simulated war, May 26.

    In addition to enhancing the mission readiness of GHWB CSG, the exercise presents an opportunity to carry out sustained and coordinated military operations with a number of allies and military agencies. The exercise will include surface ships, submarines and aircraft from several North American Treaty Organization (NATO) members including the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Canada and Spain.

    "We look forward to working with U.K. and other NATO forces during Saxon Warrior '11," said Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, GHWB CSG commander. "These crucial training opportunities greatly enhance our interoperability and information sharing, which help ensure our national and international security. It's all about building partnerships, establishing trust, and leveraging the unique capabilities and strengths of each member of the combined force."

    Saxon Warrior presents an opportunity to face a variety of geo-political situations that change from day to day, providing a tactical contrast that will build upon the in-depth, extended timeline scenario training used during the composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) and joint task force exercise (JTFEX), which the strike group completed in February.

    Capt. John Fuller, deputy commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, said the rapidly changing nature of Saxon Warrior provides a different military training environment for a deployed strike group.

    "Saxon Warrior gives us a challenging environment in which to use our war-fighting skills," Fuller said. "We have to think quickly outside the box. The more agile we are, the more prepared we'll be for any mission that comes up during deployment. That's the beauty of Saxon Warrior."

    During the exercise, multi-national aircraft squadrons will practice low-level flight operations, air-to-air engagements, long-range strikes and close support of surface combatant ships. As in previous exercises, training vessels will be used to provide boarding parties a realistic test of their skills on missions that may be encountered in future areas of deployment.

    Cmdr. Erich Röetz, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2's future operations officer, said the wide variety of warfare scenarios will challenge both the strike group as well as the allied forces.

    "Saxon Warrior will test every aspect of our war-fighting capabilities—from air wing strikes to the self-defense of the carrier." Röetz said. "The beauty of operating with coalition partners is that we practice with them, learn their strengths, and then blend those strengths together to make the most potent coalition force possible."

    George H.W. Bush Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102).

    The deployment is the first for USS George H.W. Bush and USS Truxtun.


    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2011) The Royal Navy Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Torbay (S90) is underway in formation with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group and other NATO ships during the U.K.-sponsored joint exercise Saxon Warrior 11. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2011) The Royal Navy Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Torbay (S90) can be seen starboard of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during the British navy-sponsored joint exercise Saxon Warrior 11. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2011) The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dauntless (D33), the Spanish navy air defense frigate Amirante Juan de Borbon (F-102), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) are underway in formation during the British navy-sponsored joint exercise Saxon Warrior 11. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2011) The Spanish navy air defense frigate Amirante Juan de Borbon (F-102), left, the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster (F237) are underway in formation during the British navy-sponsored joint exercise Saxon Warrior 11. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 15, 2011) Sailors load a NATO Sea Sparrow missile into one of the ship's launchers aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 15, 2011) The guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) transits the Atlantic Ocean. USS Anzio is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 15, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Gettysburg (CG 64) transits the Atlantic Ocean. USS Gettysburg is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2011) Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Charles H. Talbert fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a crew-served weapons certification exercise aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). USS Anzio is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is underway during the Royal Navy-sponsored joint exercise Saxon Warrior 11. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2011) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2011) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Visits First Overseas Port
    27 may 2011

    PORTSMOUTH, England -- The Norfolk, Va.-based USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) anchored off the coast of Portsmouth, England, May 26, marking the first ever overseas port call for the nation's newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

    Nearly 5,000 Sailors of George H.W. Bush and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight will spend several days visiting the historic port and the capital city of London, as well as participating in the various tours offered to the crew through the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program.

    "Portsmouth is the first of many port visits for this proud ship," said George H.W. Bush Command Master Chief (SW) David Colton. "The crew is excited to get immersed in English culture, try the local food, and go to London."

    Colton said the expectations are high for the crew as they show the Navy's newest aircraft carrier to a foreign nation, and he remained confident in their ability to represent their country and their ship.

    "I expect that every George H.W. Bush Sailor will be great ambassadors and their conduct ashore will be exceptional," he said.

    The scheduled port call follows George H.W. Bush's participation in the eight-day, multi-national military exercise Saxon Warrior 11, which was hosted by the U.K.-based Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST).

    The guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103), assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, also arrived in Portsmouth for its first foreign port call. Both ships departed Norfolk, Va., May 11 on their first combat deployment.
     
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 25, 2011) Boatswain's Mate Seaman Lucio Robles, left, and Seaman Matt Binnie clear the flight deck after removing the chocks and chains from an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). USS Mitscher is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 25, 2011) Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) man a rigid-hull inflatable boat during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise. USS Truxtun is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (May 21, 2011) Sailors assigned to the small caliber action team (SCAT) aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) stand watch on the ship's forecastle while transiting the Strait of Gibraltar. USS Anzio is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 21, 2011) Gunner's Mate 1st Class William E. Whitlock stands watch at a double barrel 50-caliber machine gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) during a strait transit exercise. USS Truxtun is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), left, and the British navy destroyer HMS Dauntless (D 33) transit the Atlantic Ocean. George H.W. Bush is deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) transits through the Atlantic Ocean. USS Mitscher is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 15, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), foreground, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) are underway during a divisional tactics exercise. USS Mitscher and USS Gettysburg are deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
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    U.K Royal Navy helicopters exercise with USA's newest aircraft carrier
    UNITED KINGDOM - 27 MAY 2011

    Helicopters from 849 Naval Air Squadron have been taking part in a major maritime exercise this week with the United States aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush off the west coast of Cornwall.

    The exercise, codenamed Saxon Warrior, is an important part of the co-operation between the UK and the US militaries, and has been taking place while President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have met to discuss ongoing military ties between the two countries.

    The sophisticated radar on board the Royal Navy's Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) helicopters is being used to help control the jets from the USS George H W Bush, and is proving invaluable as the primary role of the helicopter crews is, and always has been, the detection and control of aircraft over the sea.

    The ASaC's radar is equally effective over land, and is being used to great effect in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Some 60 per cent of Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose's aircraft (where 849 Naval Air Squadron is based) are currently deployed on various operations, including anti-piracy patrols off Somalia.

    The US Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H W Bush departed Norfolk, Virginia, in the USA in the early morning of Wednesday 11 May, leading her Carrier Strike Group (CSG) on its first overseas deployment.

    In the initial stages of the deployment, the CSG has been conducting an integrated maritime exercise with some of its NATO partners off the south west coast of the UK.

    The CSG Commander, Rear Admiral Nora Tyson, said:

    "These crucial training opportunities greatly enhance our interoperability and information-sharing, which help ensure our national and international security. It's all about building partnerships, establishing trust, and leveraging the unique capabilities and strengths of each member of the combined force."

    The deployment of the strike group is part of an ongoing rotation of US forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.

    Commander Erich Röetz, US Navy, said:

    "Saxon Warrior will test every aspect of our war-fighting capabilities - from air wing strikes to the self-defence of the carrier.

    "The beauty of operating with coalition partners is that we practise with them, learn their strengths, and then blend those strengths together to make the most potent coalition force possible."

    The George H W Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) consists of Carrier Strike Group 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, the USS George H W Bush, guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg and USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun and USS Mitscher, and Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon.

    The GHWB CSG, which includes over 6,000 sailors, has spent the last year conducting intensive training and certification exercises to establish a safe, cohesive organisation capable of performing a wide variety of missions across the globe, ranging from anti-piracy and ground support operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

    As a maritime nation, the UK is heavily dependent on sea-borne trade, with 90 per cent of our goods being transported by sea, and, whilst the Fleet Air Arm squadrons from RNAS Culdrose and elsewhere are making their presence felt in places like Afghanistan, it is the maritime projection of power and protection that remains the number one imperative.


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    The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun in the Atlantic
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    USS George H.W. Bush Completes First Deployed Replenishment-at-Sea
    5 JUNE 2011

    ATLANTIC OCEAN -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) completed its first replenishment-at-sea of its first overseas deployment, June 4.

    The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier received 1.2 million gallons of fuel from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) and approximately 32,000 pounds of dry and frozen food, repair parts and mail from the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) during the four-hour operation.

    A replenishment-at-sea consists of either a connected replenishment (CONREP), which involves fuel and cargo transmission via hoses and wires, or a vertical replenishment (VERTREP), which relies on helicopters to transmit web-strapped pallets from one vessel to the other. George H.W. Bush performed both types simultaneously during the operation, employing two Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 MH-60S Sea Hawks from Sacagawea for the VERTREP.

    High above the flight deck in an observation room known as Primary Flight Control, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Shoshana Chowdhoury from the ship's Supply Department, watched closely to ensure an accurate count of each pallet lowered on the flight deck. She maintained a real-time log to assist the ship's Principal Assistant for Logistics (PAL), who keeps track of the operation and status of the helicopters — each hovering in a precisely timed circle between the ships.

    The ship departed Portsmouth, England, May 31 after completing its first liberty port call. Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Jilienne Commerford said it is normally not necessary to load cargo so soon after a port call but since the ship was anchored at sea, food supplies needed to be replenished. She said this VERTREP of 217 pallets was smaller than the usual 400-600 pallet shipments that can be expected in the future, since this is the first time the operation has occurred during the deployment.

    "This is a test run to see how it goes," she said as she waited for the loaded pallets to be transported from the flight deck to hangar bay via one of the ship's elevators. Commerford, who started off her Navy career as a Postal Clerk, began to smile when she heard that the VERTREP may contain postmarked packages.

    "I'm just excited that we might get mail," she said, adding that in the future most mail will be delivered during replenishment-at-sea.

    George H.W. Bush left its homeport of Norfolk, Va., May 11, and entered the 6th Fleet area of responsibility, May 17.


    ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 2, 2011) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime support operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 2, 2011) An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime support operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 2, 2011) An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime support operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 3, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Mark Gill, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jon Blankenship perform maintenance on an M61A-2 Vulcan 20 mm Gatling gun aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility on its first overseas deployment.
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    USS George H.W. Bush Visits Naples, Italy
    11 JUNE 2011

    NAPLES, Italy -- The U.S. Navy's newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, June 11 for the ship's third port call of its first deployment.

    The ship's crew and the Sailors of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 will explore Naples and surrounding cities of Italy through tours offered by the ship's morale, welfare and recreation services program (MWR), and will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach projects.

    "It is a great opportunity to explore the history, culture and food that has had a significant impact on Western civilization and the U.S. in particular," said George H.W. Bush Executive Officer Capt. William Pennington.

    MWR will offer four different tours for the Sailors, including an overnight visit to Rome that provides a tour of many of the city's historical monuments, as well as self-guided tours in Pompeii, Naples and Rome.

    For at least one George H.W. Bush Sailor, a port visit in Italy is a homecoming of sorts. Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Tyler Scott recently transferred from a shore command in Sigonella, Italy, where he met his Sicilian wife, Valeria. After a month underway, he is going back to Italy to see his wife and their one-year-old child.

    "I'm taking leave and we're going to Sorrento, a resort town about an hour south of Naples," Scott said. "I've seen Rome and Naples before. The only thing I want to do now is relax with my wife and child."

    While most visiting Sailors will not find the country as familiar as Scott, it does offer several amenities at the U.S. naval base in Naples that will make them feel more at home. Sailors can shop and relax at the Navy Exchange (NEX), commissary, movie theatre and bowling alley located on base.

    "After two ports where everything is different and unfamiliar, I can go to the NEX and know what to expect," said Logistics Specialist Seaman Jeff Lyles from George H.W. Bush Supply Department's S-8 Division. "It'll be good to see something I recognize."


    MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 10, 2011) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. USS George H.W. Bush is on its first overseas deployment.
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    MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 9, 2011) The Spanish navy frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon (F 102), right, breaks away from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), signaling the end of the Spanish frigate's integration with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. Borbon joined the strike group in September 2010 and participated in all pre-deployment work-ups.
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    MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 9, 2011) The Spanish navy frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon (F 102), right, is underway with the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). USS George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    CARTAGENA, Spain (June 9, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departs Cartagena, Spain, after completing its second liberty port visit. George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    CARTAGENA, Spain (June 9, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departs Cartagena, Spain, after completing its second liberty port visit. USS George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    RED SEA (June 21, 2011) The U.S. Navy's oldest aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), left, passes the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), during a transit of the Strait of Bab el Mandeb. USS George H.W. Bush arrives in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to take over operations for USS Enterprise.
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    RED SEA (June 21, 2011) The U.S. Navy's oldest aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), right, passes the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), during a transit of the Strait of Bab el Mandeb. USS George H.W. Bush arrives in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to take over operations for USS Enterprise.
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    RED SEA (June 21, 2011) The U.S. Navy's oldest aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), right, passes the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), during a transit of the Strait of Bab el Mandeb. USS George H.W. Bush arrives in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to take over operations for USS Enterprise.
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    GULF OF ADEN (June 21, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), left, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) transit the Gulf of Aden. USS George H.W. Bush and USS Gettysburg are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    ARABIAN GULF (July 4, 2011) Sailors fire 40mm rounds on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during a live-fire exercise. George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN SEA (June 28, 2011) Sailors participate in flight deck safety drills aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    GULF OF ADEN (June 25, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Jerome Gaynor signals a 330J Puma helicopter as Sailors attach cargo nets during a vertical replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    SUEZ CANAL (June 18, 2011) The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) transits the Suez Canal. Gettysburg is part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    RED SEA (June 18, 2011) Gunner's Mate Seaman Ryan Synowietz performs maintenance on a MK-38 25mm gun system aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). Anzio is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    Commander, U.S. Central Command Visits George H.W. Bush
    UNITED STATES - 15 JULY 2011

    USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH. At Sea -- The Commander of U.S. Central Command, accompanied the Sailors of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as it transited the Strait of Hormuz, July 15.

    Marine Gen. James N. Mattis embarked the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, visited with crewmembers and expressed his appreciation for their efforts in the region conducting maritime security operations and supporting Operation New Dawn.

    "The United States has critical interests in the continued safety and security of free trade in this region," said Mattis. "The professionalism of the Sailors aboard the George H.W. Bush is testimony to our military commitment to ensuring those interests are protected."

    "We can expect our nation to continue a presence in and near the Gulf for years to come," Mattis told the Bush crew. "The U.S. and our partners have a long history of cooperation and support for security and stability in the region."

    George H.W. Bush is on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.



    ARABIAN GULF (July 8, 2011) Sailors signal the completion of pre-flight launch checks on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    Approximately 1,600 Sailors assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group form the letters GHWB in recognition of the ship's namesake.
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    ARABIAN SEA (July 18, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Damion Ferguson, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Christopher Bowman transport ordnance on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN SEA (July 18, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Maungwai Soe performs pre-flight launch checks on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN SEA (July 18, 2011) Airman Yuliana Quiroz salutes as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 lifts off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN GULF (July 6, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) pulls into Khalifa Bin Salman, Bahrain for a scheduled port visit. USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN GULF (July 6, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) pulls into Khalifa Bin Salman, Bahrain for a scheduled port visit. USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN SEA (July 19, 2011) A Sailor fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise on the fantail aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN SEA (July 24, 2011) Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian M. Read Castillo takes intelligence photographs aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
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    ARABIAN GULF (July 20, 2011) Air-Traffic Controller 1st Class David Viger controls aircraft in the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN SEA (July 20, 2011) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Demetrios Sparkman assembles a Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) weapon aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). USS George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn on its first operational deployment.
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    ARABIAN SEA (July 18, 2011) Capt. Daniel Dwyer, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, makes his 1,000th carrier landing as he lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in an F/A-18A+ Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87. USS George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
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    CSG 2 Commander Visits USS Gettysburg (CG 64)
    UNITED STATES - 14 AUGUST 2011

    USS Gettysburg, At Sea -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, visited guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Aug. 4.

    Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson was greeted by Gettysburg Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Shea who escorted her through the ship for a tour and lunch.

    "We are happy to have her here," said Shea. "It's always a good opportunity to have our strike group commander aboard."

    During her visit, Tyson conducted an awards ceremony where she presented a maintenance cutlass award to the ship's auxiliaries division and 12 personal awards to Sailors.

    "Congratulations to you all, well done." said Tyson. "It's always great to present awards to folks who have worked hard."

    After the award ceremony, Tyson made a few remarks to the Gettysburg crew, thanking them for their efforts during the deployment.

    "I want to tell you that you are doing a great job out here. I could not feel more comfortable about the air defense of this strike group," said Tyson.

    During her speech, Tyson also congratulated the nine new Gettysburg chief petty officer selectees who learned of their advancement Aug. 1.

    "It's not easy and competition is stiff out there," said Tyson. "My hat is off to you."

    USS Gettysburg is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group, comprised of Carrier Strike Group 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103).



    File Photo: U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64):
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    U.S. Navy USS Gettysburg (CG 64):

    Class and type: Ticonderoga-class cruiser

    Displacement: Approx. 9,600 long tons (9,800 t) full load

    Length: 567 feet (173 m)

    Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)

    Draft: 34 feet (10.2 meters)

    Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engines, 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW)
    2 × controllable-reversible pitch propellers
    2 × rudders

    Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)

    Complement: 33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted

    Sensors and processing systems: AN/SPY-1A/B multi-function radar
    AN/SPS-49 air search radar
    AN/SPG-62 fire control radar
    AN/SPS-73 surface search radar
    AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar

    AN/SQQ-89(V)3 Sonar suite, consisting of

    AN/SQS-53B/C/D active sonar
    AN/SQR-19 TACTAS passive sonar
    AN/SQQ-28 light airborne multi-purpose system
    AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite

    Armament: 2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems;
    -> 122 × Mix of RIM-66M-5 Standard SM-2MR Block IIIB, RIM-156A SM-2ER Block IV, RIM-161 SM-3, RIM-162A ESSM, RIM-174A Standard ERAM, BGM-109 Long-Range Tomahawk, or RUM-139A VL-ASROC

    8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles

    2 × Mk 45 Mod 2 5 in / 54 cal lightweight gun

    2 × 25 mm Mk 38 gun

    2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun

    2 × Phalanx CIWS Block 1B

    2 × Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes

    Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters



    The Ticonderoga class of guided-missile cruisers is a class of warships in the U.S. Navy.
    The U.S. Navy has 22 Ticonderoga class of guided-missile cruisers in active service, as of 2011.
     
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