The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman — now in the Arabian Gulf after departing Hampton Roads last month — is launching airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists, the Navy said.
Truman and its embarked Carrier Air Wing 7 began the attacks Tuesday over Iraq and Syria, the Navy said in a statement.
The carrier and its crew of about 5,000 sailors left Naval Station Norfolk on Nov. 16 to fill a two-month U.S. carrier absence in the Middle East.
But the U.S. isn't there alone. The Truman joined the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle for combined combat operations in Iraq and Syria, the Navy said.