USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group commences strike missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)
Carrier strike groups demonstrate the mobility, flexibility and power projection capability of the Navy’s globally deployed force – anytime, anywhere.
The GHWBCSG operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of OIR demonstrate the capability of the U.S. Navy to conduct precision strikes on ISIL targets from multiple theaters, highlighting the flexibility of the Navy’s globally deployed force.
“The precision strike operations being carried out by the Bush Carrier Strike Group in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea continue to demonstrate the tremendous warfighting capability and flexibility of the U.S. Navy. By defeating violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, we are simultaneously supporting two separate geographic combatant commands. We remain committed to defeating Daesh, committed to our allies and partners, and committed to global security.”
– Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet
“The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group brings a credible and mobile strike force that is trained and ready to operate, and fight decisively from the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The flexibility and lethality inherent to this strike group allows the theater commander to employ GHWB across a broad capabilities spectrum, from striking ISIL targets, to reassuring allies and solidifying partnerships and ensuring freedom of maritime operations.”
-Rear Adm. Kenneth R. Whitesell, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two
-The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group entered the Mediterranean Sea Feb. 2, and will continue to provide support to allies and partners, deter potential threats, and conduct strikes against ISIL operators and infrastructure in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
-The GHWBCSG consists of the flagship USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) with embarked staffs of CSG-2, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, and the squadrons of CVW-8; guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66); and DESRON 22 guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103).
-The most recent aircraft carrier strike group to operate in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations was the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG). The IKECSG conducted strikes in from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from June 28 to July 7, 2016 and Dec. 6 to Dec. 12, 2016, completing 1,899 sorties in support of OIR.
-Operation Inherent Resolve is the unwavering resolve and deep commitment of the U.S. and partner nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to the region and the wider international community.
-U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
For more information about the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike in the 6th Fleet area of operations, please contact U.S. Navy-Europe Public Affairs at +39 081 568-3223 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.