From U.S. Fleet Forces

Approximately 6,000 Sailors of Carrier Strike Group 2 (CSG 2) departed their homeports in Norfolk, Va. and Mayport, Fla. Feb. 15.

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) commanded by Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle, departed Naval Station Norfolk along with guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103), while guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) departed Naval Station Mayport. 

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Commanded by Rear Admiral John C. Aquilino, CSG 2 is comprised of USS George H.W. Bush with embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 consisting of USS Truxtun, USS Roosevelt and USS Philippine Sea.

"This team has worked hard in preparation for this deployment and is ready to go," said Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of GHWB CSG. "The dedication and commitment shown by our Sailors will serve the country well in support of our global national interests." 

Aircraft squadrons include strike fighter squadrons VFA 213 "Fighting Black Lions," VFA 31 "Tomcatters," VFA 15 "Valions" and VFA 87 "Golden Warriors;" tactical electronics warfare squadron VAQ 134 "Garudas;" carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW 124 "Bear Aces;" fleet logistics support squadron VRC 40 "Rawhides;" helicopter maritime strike squadron HSM 70 "Spartans" and helicopter sea combat squadron HSC 9 "Tridents." 

While deployed, the strike group will serve in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.