The US warship USS Harry S. Truman is visiting the south coast this week.
Here are a few facts about its history and operations.
- USS Harry S. Truman was christened in September 1996 and was commissioned into the US navy in July 1998.
- The ship was named after the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.
- Three workers from the carrier’s shipbuilders died during construction when a pump room filled with methane and hydrogen sulfide gases during a sewage leak in 1997. They are commemorated by a brass plaque on the carrier.
- It embarked on its maiden deployment in November 2000 and since then has supported a number of operations around the world.
- The aircraft carrier was initially the flagship for Carrier Group Two and later for Carrier Strike Group Ten. Since 2014 it has led Carrier Strike Group 8.
- In 2016 it was reported that an unarmed Iranian drone had flown over the carrier and taken ‘precise photos’. The US military said the incident posed no threat to the carrier.
- USS Harry S. Truman has received a number of awards – including the prestigious Battle Effectiveness Award in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014.
- Recently the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) – which includes the aircraft carrier – has been operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in the North Sea between Scotland and Norway.
- The strike group spent time this summer on a scheduled deployment in the Middle East and Europe. The carrier returned to the US in July and left for the Western Atlantic on August 28.