US Aircraft Carrier Harry S. Truman Launches First Anti-Daesh Operations

Fighter aircraft from the US carrier Harry S. Truman flew their first missions on Tuesday as part of the anti-Daesh operations in Syria and Iraq, the US Navy said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On December 16, the aircraft carrier joined the US 5th Fleet, ending a two-month gap where the United States had no carrier presence in the Persian Gulf.

"Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 join French nuclear powered aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91) in conducting combined combat operations in Iraq and Syria from the Arabian (Persian) Gulf," the US Navy stated on Tuesday.

A French Navy HawEye prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf on February 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
French Aircraft Carrier Conducts First Anti-Daesh Mission From Persian Gulf
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group was deployed in support of the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve against Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia as well as in other countries.

The aircraft carrier will also contribute to maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the Middle East region, according to the US Navy.

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