27 Oct '14, 9pm

Bush carrier strike group enters 6th Fleet at Suez Canal, headed home

Bush carrier strike group enters 6th Fleet at Suez Canal, headed home

The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush is out of Central Command and is heading home. The big deck and its escorts had chopped into 6th Fleet as of Monday, according to a Navy spokesman. The carrier is expected back in its home port of Norfolk by mid-November after a nine-month deployment. The dividing line between 5th and 6th Fleets is the entrance to the Suez Canal, which joins the Mediterranean and Red seas. The Bush deployed in mid-February with the destroyers Truxtun and Roosevelt and the cruiser Philippine Sea. Bush has been at the front lines of the fight against the Islamic State group for three months. The Bush was providing tactical air coverage in Afghanistan when the crisis in Iraq began coming to a head this summer. The Navy’s top officer told sailors in an all-hands call in August that the Bush was called into action early in the summer when CENTCOM needed rec...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20141027/NEWS08/31027005...

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