30 Dec '15, 3pm

US carrier strike group joins France in combined combat ops against Islamic State

US carrier strike group joins France in combined combat ops against Islamic State

US Navy (USN) aircraft operating from a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf conducted their initial missions against the Islamic State, officials announced on 29 December. Strike aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 7, embarked on USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), joined their counterparts operating from France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) in combined combat operations in Iraq and Syria. Charles de Galle is serving as the flagship for Combined Task Force (CTF) 50 and is leading carrier-based naval strike operations for Operation 'Inherent Resolve' - the fight against Islamic State fighters. Harry S Truman transited the Gulf of Oman on 25 December to join the CTF in the Gulf. It deployed from its home port of Norfolk, Virginia, on 16 November. Its strike group consists of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and ...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/56910/us-carrier-strike-grou...

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