Aircraft aboard the USS Truman begin airstrikes against ISIL

ARABIAN GULF (WAVY) — Aircraft aboard the USS Harry S. Truman have flown their first missions in the fight against ISIL, the U.S. Navy says.

The strikes are part of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is a large coalition effort to destroy the ISIL terrorist organization.

Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, said the abilities his forces bring to the fight are a vital part of the DIME equation – diplomatic, informational, military and economic.

“Warfighting is the priority; that’s why we are here,” Batchelder said. “We provide the hard power in the collective DIME, and look forward to contributing however we can. Dual carrier operations with the French allow us to maximize our firepower and provide a unique opportunity to further progress against ISIL.”

The USS Harry S. Truman departs Naval Station Norfolk in November. Lavoy Harrell/WAVY
The USS Harry S. Truman departs Naval Station Norfolk in November. Lavoy Harrell/WAVY

The USS Truman was deployed from Naval Station Norfolk in mid-November.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting OIR, strike operations in Iraq and Syria, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.

The U.S. Military released video of the airstrikes this week.

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