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Old 05-13-2018, 04:02 PM
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Russian warship is stalking the USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean
By: Dailymail Reporter 5-13-18 (Photo & Video links on site only)
RE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...use-chase.html

- Russian warship is stalking the USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean.
- Vessels with fighter jets at the ready keep an eye on each other amid fears relations
between Moscow and Washington could deteriorate at any moment
- US Carrier Truman has been supporting attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria under
Operation Inherent Resolve.
- Ships its size are designed to 'protect American presence and power off any coast' according to the US Navy.

A Russian warship has been spotted pursuing the USS Harry S. Truman around the
Mediterranean.

'Russian warship 777 this is US Navy destroyer 75. Yankee victor one. Romeo uniform five.

Tack,' a sailor is heard saying at one point in the video, taking safety precautions as mandated by the Incidents at Sea Agreement between the then Soviet Union.

Sailing out from Norfolk, Virginia, in April, the Harry S. Truman has been supporting attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria under Operation Inherent Resolve - a role it last played in 2016.

The $4.5billion US carrier was designed to 'project American presence and power off any coast' according to the US navy.

'This is the biggest (strike group) to sail from the east coast in quite some time,' Rear Admiral Gene Black, commander of the carrier strike group, notes.

The strike group's presence is an implied message to Moscow too.

'It's a pretty potent force, with some of the latest capabilities the navy can put to sea,' the admiral added.

The nuclear-powered vessel - which weighs 97,000 tons - is almost as long as the Empire State Building at close to 1,100 feet.

Meanwhile, F-18 Super Hornet fighters blast off towards classified targets in rapid succession, alternating with refueling planes and E-2D Hawkeye flying radars.

'We're planning on a seven-month deployment...we could go home in a month, we could extend for a year,' the admiral said.

Sailing out from Norfolk, Virginia, in April, the Harry S. Truman has been supporting attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria under Operation Inherent Resolve - a role it last played in 2016.

The nuclear-powered vessel - which weighs 97,000 tons - is almost as long as the Empire State Building at close to 1,100 feet. Meanwhile, F-18 Super Hornet fighters blast off towards classified targets in rapid succession

Below the deck hums a small city of over 5,500 people, many of them on their first deployment abroad.

After a daily shift that can be as long as 12 hours, sailors unwind by watching movies, playing video games, and staying fit.

Workout machines abound on the ship, even on the navigation bridge.

The number of staircases on the carrier alone, however, make it a 'floating stairmaster', a crew member jokes.

To keep up morale, there are also karaoke nights, fitness classes, Lego building and the Truman Show, a homemade weekly TV show made by the sailors combining comedy and hard news.

Then there is the food. If an army is known to march on its stomach, this holds for sailors, too.

'We like to reward these guys every chance that we can,' says Brandi Royal, a 26-year-old galley officer from Denver, chopping bacon for the salad bar.

Every day, four meals are served across seven galleys - around 17,000 meals in all.

This includes 1,600 pounds of chicken, 160 gallons of milk, 30 cases of cereal, and 350 pounds of lettuce, says Goodwyn.

And for anyone who has a birthday, they can look forward to a special meal that calendar month, she noted.
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