[Ed. – We’ll be watching this one. It’s been a long time — literally decades — since U.S. carriers routinely operated in the Eastern Atlantic. The USNI Blog post mentions USS G H W Bush (CVN-77) operating there last year, but that was basically on the way home from a more standard CENTCOM/Med deployment. Truman only deployed in April, and still has a good 6 months left on deployment. Presumably, the carrier will go back into the Mediterranean at some point. But this is unusual, and especially because the Navy is being closed-mouthed about it. If it were just show-the-flag port visits coming up, Navy spokesmen would be more forthcoming. Bottom line: posture shift. Related to what Russia has been doing, of course.]
This week the carrier, the embarked Carrier Air Wing 1 and some of its escorts passed through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Atlantic after spending several days in port in Marseille, France.
“As a matter of longstanding policy, we do not discuss future operations, but I can tell you that the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group will continue to conduct operations in support of our NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interests,” Cmdr. John Perkins, a spokesman with U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, told USNI News. …
“Russian submarines are prowling the Atlantic, testing our defenses, confronting our command of the seas, and preparing the complex underwater battlespace to give them an edge in any future conflict,” current U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa commander Adm. James Foggo wrote in U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings in 2016.
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“Not only have Russia’s actions and capabilities increased in alarming and confrontational ways, its national-security policy is aimed at challenging the United States and its NATO allies and partners.”