NORFOLK-Thousands of sailors and Marines are just days from deploying from Hampton Roads for duty overseas.
The Navy on Wednesday announced that USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing 3 will leave July 22 and will be done for eight or nine months to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas.
Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, HST CSG, said, 'I am extremely proud of the men and women who are assigned to HST CSG. We've worked very hard over the last several months to maintain our combat readiness following the delay of our deployment in February due to sequestration.'
Deploying units include Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10; USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron, a combined U.K. and U.S. staff.
Squadrons are Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 'Swordsmen,' VFA-37 'Ragin' Bulls,' and VFA-105 'Gunslingers;' Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 'Checkerboards;' Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 'Seahawks;' Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 'Zappers;' Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 'Dusty Dogs;' and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 'Swamp Foxes.'