Truman Completes French Air Defense Week

By MCS 3rd Class Michael Chen ─ Atlantic Ocean ─ July 10, 2018.

Atlantic Ocean (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed a weeklong joint exercise known as French Air Defense week on July 6. This exercise featured aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) conducting integrated flight operations with French Naval Aviation aircraft.

CVW-1 pilots and their French counterparts demonstrated the ability to conduct air warfare and strike techniques including dissimilar air combat training throughout the 45 sorties flown.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

"The purpose was to show French and American resolve and that we are strong allies and friends," said Lt. Kyle Anderson. "I think the whole experience really demonstrates that we can meet up in unfamiliar airspace - language barriers and all - and come together to execute the mission in a short window of time. It was really a good showing of our presences together."

CVW-1 aircraft that participated in the exercise include F/A-18s and E-2D Hawkeyes, which integrated with French Dassault Rafale M Fighters.

"French fighter jets performing operations on the deck of one of America's great supercarriers is an amazing symbol of the strong partnership between the United States and France," said the U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco, Jamie D. McCourt.

Throughout the duration of the exercise flight operations were conducted over France and French territorial and international waters in the Bay of Biscay.

Harry S. Truman is deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, supporting maritime security operations in support of U.S. national security interests. 

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