Welcome Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN CVN 75

 

 

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USS Harry S. Truman on her maiden deployment 28 November 2000.

(Official US Navy photo)

 

The carrier is named in honor of America’s 33rd President Harry S. Truman who served as President of the United States from 12 April 1945 through 20 January 1953. Curiously, the “S” in Truman’s name doesn’t stand for anything. His family could not settle on a middle name due to strong feelings on either side to they simply put down “S” as compromise since one grandfather had Shipp as his middle name and the other grandfather had Solomon as his first name.

The period after the “S” has, of course, caused controversy among historians and grammarians but is the correct way to punctuate the “S” according to the Truman Presidential Library. Details are here: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/speriod.htm

As Vice- President during the 4th term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Truman assumed the office of the Presidency within hours after FDR died in Warm Springs, Georgia on 12 April 1945. Truman served as President of the United States from that day through 20 January 1953.

You can find the complete history of Truman’s career including his combat service in World War One on the US Navy website here: http://www.truman.navy.mil/

 

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 14, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducts high-speed turns during a rudder check. Truman is conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (US Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Daron Street) Posted by author Charles McCain.

Wouldn’t it have been fun to have been steering the carrier in these turns? This giant can turn on a dime.

 

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is the ninth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth in the Nimitz class. The keel was laid by Newport News Shipbuilding November 29, 1993, and the ship, named after the 33rd President of the United States, was christened September 7, 1996. The ship was launched September 13, 1996, and delivered to the United States Navy June 30, 1998. USS Harry S. Truman was commissioned July 25, 1998. (Copy from US Navy website)

 

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate IraqÕs weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75)

provides a wide range of flexible mission capabilities, to include maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, forward naval presence, crisis response, sea control, deterrence, counter-terrorism, information operations, security cooperation and counter-proliferation.

The ship’s embarked air wing is capable of projecting tactical air power over the sea and inland, as well as providing sea-based air, surface and subsurface defense capabilities.

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
– Harry S. Truman

 (All the information about the USS Harry S. Truman in the two paragraphs above is taken from US Navy website here:  http://www.truman.navy.mil/

 

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1918: Captain Harry S Truman (1884 – 1972) in the uniform of the 129th Field Artillery. After the war Truman became involved in Democratic politics in Missouri and eventually succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of Franklin Roosevelt. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

 

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GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Gulf of Oman. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting theater security cooperation efforts. (USN photo by MC Spec 3  Karl Anderson) Posted by author Charles McCain.

 

 

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GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) Cmdr. Przemyslaw Kaczynski, incoming commanding officer of the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 flies an E-2C Hawkeye while Capt. George Wikoff, commander of Carrier Air Wing 3, flies an E/A18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, background, in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an aerial change of command ceremony. (USN photo by MC Spec 3rd Class Karl Anderson). Posted by author Charles McCain.

 

 

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GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Checkerboards” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as an E/A-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, prepares to get into position to launch. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson) Posted by author Charles McCain.

 

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GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman. (USN photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson) Posted by author Charles McCain.

 

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GULF OF OMAN (March 18, 2014) Operations Specialist Seaman Cecil Evans, from Detroit, operates a tracking module in the combat direction center aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (USN photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson) Posted by author Charles McCain.

 

 

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Atlantic Ocean (Jun. 17, 2004) – An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Warfare Squadron One Three Zero (VAQ-130) launches from the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Ryan O’Connor. Posted by author Charles McCain.

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 2, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean during a Tailored Ships Training Availability and Final Evaluation Phase. (US Navy photo by Mass Com Spec 3rd Class Justin M. Smelley) Posted by author Charles McCain.

 

 

 

 

 

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Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America

(Photo by Frank Gatteri, US Army Signal Corps courtesy of http://www.trumanlibrary.org/)

 

 

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/