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USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

- formerly UNITED STATES -

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN is the eighth NIMITZ - class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: Nov. 29, 1993
Launched: Sept. 13, 1996
Commissioned: July 25, 1998
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
Propulsion System: two nuclear reactors
Main Engines: four
Propellers: four
Blades on each Propeller: five
Aircraft elevators: four
Catapults: four
Arresting gear cables: four
Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 257 feet (78.34 meters)
Area of flight deck: about 4,5 acres
Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters)
Draft: 38,4 feet (11.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 100,000 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Planes: approx. 85
Crew: Ship: approx. 3,200    Air Wing: 2,480
Armament: two Mk-57 Mod 3 Sea Sparrow, three 20mm Phalanx CIWS Mk 15, two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Systems
Homeport: Norfolk, Va.

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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About the Ship's Coat of Arms:

Oval in shape, the coat of arms characterizes the global on-station capability of the ship and the United States Navy. Truman's name forms the shape of a forward-deployed aircraft carrier prepared to uphold and protect American interests.

The eagles assume a dominant presence denoting command of the sea, strength and authority, yet one grasps an olive branch, emphasizing the carrier's peacekeeping mission and Harry S. Truman's attitude: "To bear no malice." The eagle embodies the principles of integrity and honesty which personify Truman's attitudes and beliefs.

The encased signal flag inscription spells H S T and is flanked by wreaths denoting the honor and achievement which President Truman accomplished and the ship strives to achieve.

Thirty-three gold stars commemorate Harry S. Truman's term as 33rd president of the United States. The ship's motto, "The Buck Stops Here," derives from President Truman's belief that he ultimately bore the responsibility for making the final decision. Passing the buck was not an option.

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USS HARRY S. TRUMAN's Commanding Officers:

July 25, 1998 - November 19, 1999Captain Thomas G. Otterbein, USN
November 19, 1999 - March 2002Captain David L. Logsdon, USN
March 2002 - July 2004Capt. Michael R. Groothousen, USN
July 2004 - July 2006Capt. James P. Gigliotti, USN
July 2006 - February 2009Capt. Herman A. Shelanski, USN
February 2009 - August 2011Capt. Joseph M. Clarkson, USN
August 2011 - November 8, 2011Capt. Tushar R. Tembe, USN
November 8, 2011 - November 11, 2011Capt. Craig Clapperton, USN
November 11, 2011 - August 16, 2012Capt. Dee Mewbourne, USN
August 16, 2012 - presentCapt. S. Robert Roth, USN

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USS Harry S. Truman visits Halifax, Canada.

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Accidents aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN:

September 10, 200225 miles south-southeast of Puerto RicoOne of VS-22's S-3B aircraft operating from USS HARRY S. TRUMAN was reported missing. Search and rescue efforts involving the TRUMAN Battle Group and other ships and aircraft operating in the southern Puerto Rican Operating Area covered more than 3,600 square miles of water.

A debris field was discovered about 25 miles south-southeast of Puerto Rico. There were no survivors.

The three deceased crewmembers have been identified as: Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey J. Gray, 40, of Mound, Minn.; Lt. Cmdr. Michael D. Chalfant, 36 of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Lt.(jg) Thomas Brandan McCombie, 25 of State College, Penn.

At the time of the accident, the TRUMAN Battle Group was conducting training exercises as part of a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).
August 15, 2007off North CarolinaAn E-2C assigned to VAW-120 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after being catapulted off the flight deck of HARRY S. TRUMAN. The accident happened at 11.10 p.m. local time and the E-2C went down in an explosion approx. 1/2 mile from the TRUMAN. The carrier performed an emergency stop and a plane guard helicopter and small boats were dispatched immediately but no survivors or debris could be located. Killed in the accident were LT Ryan K. Betton, LT Cameron N. Hall and LT Jerry R. Smith.
October 16, 2012east off FloridaDuring an underway replenishment with USNS PATUXENT (T-AO 201) a line parts injuring four TRUMAN sailors. Two of the sailors were medevaced to NAS Jacksonville, Fla. for treatment while another one was flown to NAS Norfolk, Va. The fourth sailor was treated on board.
December 9, 2012Virginia CapesThe starboard wing of an E-2C collides with the spinning port propeller of another Hawkeye while both aircraft are chocked and chained. No injuries are reported.

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Notes of Interest:

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Read about the Carrier's Name, about President Harry S. Truman

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About the Ship's Battle Flag:

Steeped in tradition, every U.S. naval vessel has flown a battle flag from its mast during special evolutions. The crew of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN designed her battle flag as more than a tribute to the shipís namesake.

TRUMANís battle flag is a variation of the flag carried by the 129th Field Artillery Regiment of the 35th Division, the battery under the command of, then, Capt. Harry Truman during World War I.

The scarlett background is representative of the price Americans have paid for freedom throughout history, symbolizing President Trumanís thoughts on American independence. "Freedom, in the American tradition, is always coupled with still costs money. It still costs blood. "Freedom must be fought for today, just as our fathers had to fight for freedom when the nation was born."

The crossed cannons that once represented Battery D now seem to greater exemplify Trumanís leadership and dedication to service during WWI. Ironically, the cannons are French 75s, the type of cannon Battery D fired during some of the fighting in France. The swallowtail design, crossed cannons, "129" and "D" comprised the original battle flag. The original components of the battle flag are superimposed on TRUMANís hull number, signifying the relationship between the firepower of the past and present.

"Give Ďem hell" has become the carrierís battle cry and is part of Trumanís legacy. The phrase was first mentioned during Trumanís 1948 re-election campaign during his 21,928-mile "whistle stop" rail tour. He delivered more than 300 speeches in 33 days to an estimated six million citizens, something no president had done before to meet the people. In Seattle, Truman was holding an enthusiastic campaign rally when someone cried, "Give Ďem hell, Harry!"

Truman later wrote, "I have never deliberately given anyone hell. I just told the truth on the opposition and they thought it was hell."

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April 25, 1989Start construction
Nov. 29, 1993Keel laid
Sept. 7, 1996Christening
Sept. 13, 1996Launch
January 1998The crew moved aboard
May 1998Acceptance trial
July 25, 1998Commissioning
November 28, 2000Left Norfolk, Va., on its maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf
February 16, 2001Aircraft from HARRY S. TRUMAN attacked anti-air warfare sites in Iraq as part of Operation Southern Watch
May 23, 2001Returned to Norfolk, Va.
July 16, 2001 - July 23, 2001Local operations off the east coast
September 2002COMPTUEX
October 28 - November 6, 2002JTFEX off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts
December 5, 2002Left Norfolk, Va., on its second major overseas deployment
May 23, 2003Returned to Norfolk, Va., after participation in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom
August 20, 2003 - February 13, 20046-month maintenance and upgrade program at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
October 13, 2004 - April 18, 2005Third major overseas deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf
January 9 - December 20, 2006Naval Shipyard for Dry-docked Planned Incremental Availability
July 2 - 17, 2007COMPTUEX in the western Atlantic
July 26 - 31, 2007JTFEX 07-2 in the western Atlantic
November 5, 2007 - June 4, 2008Mediterranean and Persian Gulf deployment
July 2008 - February 14, 2009Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
May 21 - December 20, 2010Mediterranean and Arabian Sea deployment
March 25, 2011 - July 7, 2012Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA)
January 15 - February 2, 2013COMPTUEX in the western Atlantic
July 22, 2013 - April 18, 2014Mediterranean and Arabian Sea deployment

Click here to get a view of the deployments of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN.

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USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Patch Gallery:

Maiden Cruise 2001Maiden Cruise 2001Maiden Cruise 2001A-TeamOperation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom

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USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Image Gallery:

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The photos below were taken by me and show the HARRY S. TRUMAN undergoing her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va., on February 3, 2009.

The photo below was taken by me and shows the HARRY S. TRUMAN in the final stages of her 15-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va., on May 6, 2012. The carrier entered the shipyard on March 25, 2011.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HARRY S. TRUMAN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., May 8, 2014.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HARRY S. TRUMAN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., October 23, 2014.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HARRY S. TRUMAN at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., October 12, 2016. The carrier entered the shipyard on August 25, 2016, for a 13-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). Work will include repair or replacement of shipboard nuclear support and propulsion systems; work within nuclear-controlled spaces; and work on specialized systems.

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