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Port visits strengthen partnerships and defense capabilities between the United States and its partners and allies. These visits also strengthen people-to-people relationships and provide sailors with a better understanding of the countries they are working with while operating in the region.
The visit to Marseilles further strengthens the relationship between the American and French naval forces. At the start of this deployment, the Truman Carrier Strike Group conducted joint operations with the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) and deployed an aircraft training detachment to Landivisiau Naval Air Station in northwest France. The strike group has also worked alongside the French Navy during various NATO exercises and activities, including Neptune Strike and Neptune Shield.
During their visit, Truman, CVW 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 sailors will participate in community service projects with local children at St. Jerome training ground and meet the Blue Stars , the Marseille American football team .
“Community Relations (COMREL) is important on two different levels,” said Lt. Cmdr. Steven Hervey, chaplain to Harry S. Truman. “For the sailors who participate, it’s an opportunity to serve others, to create a lasting memory through a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and to build relationships with sailors on the ship that they wouldn’t normally come into contact with. For the Navy, COMRELs are one more way to demonstrate our commitment to our allies around the world, and we want to partner with them as they work to improve their communities and the lives of the people who live there.
This port call also offers sailors the opportunity to discover the gastronomy, history and culture of France. For many, this helps strengthen international relationships on a more personal level.
“Many of our young sailors have never had the opportunity to experience the beauty and history of France, which makes them very keen to share the experiences they have heard and read about,” said Captain Gavin Duff, commanding officer of the Harry S. Truman. “Seeing some of Europe’s most amazing cities is an ongoing opportunity enjoyed by our crew and we are grateful to the French for allowing us to learn more about their country, culture and cuisine.”
Truman is the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG); additional elements include the nine squadrons of CVW 1, commanded by Captain Patrick Hourigan; the staff and guided missile destroyers of DESRON 28 commanded by Captain Todd Zenner, which include: USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) , USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109); and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), commanded by Captain Christopher Marvin.
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by the U.S. 6th Fleet to defend the interests of the United States, allies, and partners.
For more than 80 years, US Naval Forces Europe-US Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, building on a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability.
Based in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. The U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF and employs maritime forces across the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.
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