NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of sailors assigned to the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group will be home for the holidays following an eight-month deployment.
U.S. Navy officials said in a news release Wednesday the strike group will return to Naval Station Norfolk on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Units slated to return Sunday include the flagship USS Harry S. Truman; the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60); and the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).
Officials said nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) will be returning Friday and Saturday –with six of those squadrons flying into Hampton Roads.
At Naval Air Station Oceana:
- The “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, flying F/A-18F Super Hornets.
- The “Checkmates” of VFA-211, flying F/A-18F Super Hornets.
- The “Sunliners” of VFA-81, flying F/A-18E Super Hornets.
At Naval Station Norfolk, Chambers Field are:
- The “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, flying the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, Detachment 1, flying the C-2A “Greyhound.”
At Naval Station Norfolk, Chambers Field:
- The “Dragonslayers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HSC) 11, flying the MH-60S “Sea Hawk.”
The other three squadrons with Carrier Air Wing One are scheduled to fly into their home bases of NAS Jacksonville, Florida; NAS Lemoore, Californial; and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.
Nearly 6,500 sailors from the strike group deployed in April.
The strike group’s deployment spanned the 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations. This deployment included excises Lightning Handshake 2018, Baltic Operations 2018 and Trident Juncture 2018.
Officials said several strike group units returned to Norfolk in mid-July for a working port visit, before continuing their deployment.