The vision that began with a January 2001 contract award will be fully realized on Wednesday, May 11, when the carrier George H.W. Bush leaves Norfolk to begin its first-ever combat deployment.
The 1,092-foot Bush is the 10th and final carrier of the Nimitz class. Commissioned in January 2009, the carrier, as well as its strike group, have been in training for this cruise for most of the past year.
The Bush Carrier Strike Group, led by Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, will consist of five total ships, eight aircraft squadrons and nearly 6,000 sailors, and will operate in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. “The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is ready to go,” Tyson said. “These sailors have worked extremely hard over the last year and we are fully prepared to execute any and all tasking in support of the nation’s Maritime Strategy.”
The Bush Strike Group includes Carrier Strike Group 2, the Bush, Carrier Air Wing 8, the Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, the cruisers Gettysburg, based at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., and Anzio, based in Norfolk, and the Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyers Truxtun and Mitscher.