Bush Carrier Strike Group launches strikes from the Mediterranean

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (WVEC) -- The United States Navy said Monday that the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) began strike missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The Navy explained that the strike group's operations in that part of the world demonstrated the branch's capability to conduct precision strikes on ISIS targets from a number of theaters and highlighted the flexibility of the Navy's force.

The GHWBCSG entered the Mediterranean on February 2. The Navy said the strike group would continue to support the United States' allies and partners, deter potential threats, and conduct strikes against ISIS operators and infrastructure.

Operation Inherent Resolve represents the commitment of the U.S. and its partner nations to eliminate ISIS and the threat it poses regionally and to the international community.

The strike group consists of flagship aircraft carrier 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).

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