USS Harry Truman Begins Operations Against ISIS

Joseph Lafave | Contributor

The USS Harry S. Truman, a nuclear-powered supercarrier, has officially commenced combat operations against ISIS as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Thursday night, F/A-18F Super Hornets launched from the Harry S. Truman marked the occasion by striking ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria from its position in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Our flight operations in support of OIR demonstrate the continued commitment of the U.S. and regional partner nations to eliminating the terrorist group ISIS, and the threat it poses to the international community,” said Rear Adm. Gene Black, Commander of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in a press release.

The Super Hornets launched from the Harry S. Truman are only part of the total force used this week to attack ISIS. Between April 27 and May 3, the U.S. and coalition partners conducted 27 strikes against the terrorist group.

In Iraq, U.S. forces confirmed destroying several ISIS tunnels and bunkers, as well as a cave system. They also hit an ISIS fighting position. In Syria, ISIS-held building, including headquarters buildings, were destroyed, along with tactical units, tunnels, vehicles and a storage area.

In addition to supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the Harry S. Truman will also be supporting operations in Southern Europe and the U.S. military’s growing fight against terrorists in Africa.

“We will continue to provide commanders the ability to respond and support national security priorities, and we remain prepared to deliver precision strike capabilities, as directed,” Rear Adm. Black said.

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