USS George H.W. Bush, USS Truxtun to return home Saturday

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Norfolk, Va. — More than 5,000 Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush and the guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun will come home to Norfolk on Saturday, November 15th. We will stream the homecoming live on wtkr.com.

The ships were serving as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, and return after a nine-month deployment in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas of responsibility that saw the carrier launch airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.

Photos: The USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on deployment

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush during a vertical replenishment. (Lieutenant Juan D. Guerra)

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush during a vertical replenishment. (Lieutenant Juan D. Guerra)

Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller III, CSG 2 is comprised of the Bush, Carrier Air Wing 8, the Truxtun, the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt, and the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea. The Roosevelt and Philippine Sea are returning to their homeports at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

Commanded by Capt. D. L. Cheever, the squadrons of CVW-8 are: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 “Fighting Black Lions;” VFA-31 “Tomcatters;” VFA-15 “Valions;” and VFA-87 “Golden Warriors;” Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron 134 “Garudas;” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 “Bear Aces;” Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 “Rawhides;” Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 “Spartans,” and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9 “Tridents.”

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