HST Carrier Strike Group Commander Visits French Carrier
HST Carrier Strike Group
Commander Visits French Carrier
By Lt. Ryan de Vera, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs.
Gulf of Oman -- January 4, 2014 -- (NNS)
-- Commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) visited French
aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle while the ship was operating with USS
Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 30.
Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney visited the aircraft carrier to meet
Task Force 473 commander French navy Rear Adm. Eric Chaperon, and to gain
additional insight on the operations of FS Charles de Gaulle.
"Our two aircraft carriers and associated ships are operating
together now here in the Gulf of Oman," said Sweeney. "Being able to conduct
strike group operations side-by-side will ultimately help improve regional
maritime security and stability and also strengthen trust and confidence with
our partners in the region."
While on board, Sweeney met with Chaperon, visited with
French staff, and learned more about the capabilities of the embarked Rafale and
Super Etendard jet fighters including how they operate, launch and recover.
Pierre Vandier, commanding officer of the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de
Gaulle (R 91), left, and Rear Adm. Eric Chaperon, commander of Task Force 473,
right, brief Rear Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney, commander of the Harry S. Truman
Carrier Strike Group, on operations aboard the Charles de Gaulle. The Charles de
Gaulle, flagship for Task Force 473, is conducting operations with the Harry S.
Truman Carrier Strike Group to enhance levels of cooperation and
interoperability, enhance mutual maritime capabilities and promote long-term
regional stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
"It was certainly an eye opening experience to see how one of
our closest allies employs a carrier strike group and how we can build a more
effective partnership," said Sweeney.
"The aim of the mission is far beyond conducting a couple of
exercises; it is about developing the ability of the two CSG to realize
integrated operations should the need arise," said Chaperon. "This is a huge
challenge but all the conditions are met to overcome it."
In addition to its flagship Charles de Gaulle, Task Force 473
is comprised of the destroyers FS Forbin (D 620) and Jean de Vienne (D 643), and
replenishment oiler FS Meuse (A 607).
Capt. Pierre Vandier, commanding
officer the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91), speaks with Rear
Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney, commander of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, on
the bridge of the Charles de Gaulle. Charles de Gaulle, flagship for Task Force
473, is conducting operations with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to
enhance levels of cooperation and interoperability, enhance mutual maritime
capabilities and promote long-term regional stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area
HST CSG is comprised of its flagship, aircraft carrier Harry
S. Truman, the guided-missile destroyers USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Bulkeley (DDG
84), the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG
56) and the embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 which includes Strike Fighter Squadrons
(VFA) 32 "Swordsmen," VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls," and VFA-105 "Gunslingers," Marine
Fighter Attack Squadron 312 "Checkerboards," Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126
"Seahawks," Electronic Attack Squadron 130 "Zappers," Helicopter Sea Combat
Squadron 7 "Dusty Dogs," and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74 "Swamp Foxes."
HST CSG is forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR where
it is conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security
cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
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