USS HARRY S. TRUMAN is the eighth NIMITZ - class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name.
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: Nov. 29, 1993|
|Launched: Sept. 13, 1996|
|Commissioned: July 25, 1998|
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.|
|Propulsion System: two nuclear reactors|
|Main Engines: four|
|Blades on each Propeller: five|
|Aircraft elevators: four|
|Arresting gear cables: four|
|Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)|
|Flight Deck Width: 257 feet (78.34 meters)|
|Area of flight deck: about 4,5 acres|
|Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters)|
|Draft: 38,4 feet (11.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 100,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 30+ knots|
|Planes: approx. 85|
|Crew: Ship: approx. 3,200 Air Wing: 2,480|
|Armament: two Mk-57 Mod 3 Sea Sparrow, three 20mm Phalanx CIWS Mk 15, two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Systems|
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Cruise Books:
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
Oval in shape, the coat of arms characterizes the global on-station capability of the ship and the United States Navy. Truman's name forms the shape of a forward-deployed aircraft carrier prepared to uphold and protect American interests.
The eagles assume a dominant presence denoting command of the sea, strength and authority, yet one grasps an olive branch, emphasizing the carrier's peacekeeping mission and Harry S. Truman's attitude: "To bear no malice." The eagle embodies the principles of integrity and honesty which personify Truman's attitudes and beliefs.
The encased signal flag inscription spells H S T and is flanked by wreaths denoting the honor and achievement which President Truman accomplished and the ship strives to achieve.
Thirty-three gold stars commemorate Harry S. Truman's term as 33rd president of the United States. The ship's motto, "The Buck Stops Here," derives from President Truman's belief that he ultimately bore the responsibility for making the final decision. Passing the buck was not an option.
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN's Commanding Officers:
|July 25, 1998 - November 19, 1999||Captain Thomas G. Otterbein, USN|
|November 19, 1999 - March 2002||Captain David L. Logsdon, USN|
|March 2002 - July 2004||Capt. Michael R. Groothousen, USN|
|July 2004 - July 2006||Capt. James P. Gigliotti, USN|
|July 2006 - February 2009||Capt. Herman A. Shelanski, USN|
|February 2009 - August 2011||Capt. Joseph M. Clarkson, USN|
|August 2011 - November 8, 2011||Capt. Tushar R. Tembe, USN|
|November 8, 2011 - November 11, 2011||Capt. Craig Clapperton, USN|
|November 11, 2011 - present||Capt. Dee Mewbourne, USN|
Accidents aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN:
|September 10, 2002||25 miles south-southeast of Puerto Rico||One of VS-22's S-3B aircraft operating from USS HARRY S. TRUMAN was reported missing. Search and rescue efforts involving the TRUMAN Battle Group and other ships and aircraft operating in the southern Puerto Rican Operating Area covered more than 3,600 square miles of water.|
A debris field was discovered about 25 miles south-southeast of Puerto Rico. There were no survivors.
The three deceased crewmembers have been identified as: Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey J. Gray, 40, of Mound, Minn.; Lt. Cmdr. Michael D. Chalfant, 36 of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Lt.(jg) Thomas Brandan McCombie, 25 of State College, Penn.
At the time of the accident, the TRUMAN Battle Group was conducting training exercises as part of a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).
|August 15, 2007||off North Carolina||An E-2C assigned to VAW-120 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after being catapulted off the flight deck of HARRY S. TRUMAN. The accident happened at 11.10 p.m. local time and the E-2C went down in an explosion approx. 1/2 mile from the TRUMAN. The carrier performed an emergency stop and a plane guard helicopter and small boats were dispatched immediately but no survivors or debris could be located. Killed in the accident were LT Ryan K. Betton, LT Cameron N. Hall and LT Jerry R. Smith.|
|October 16, 2012||east off Florida||During an underway replenishment with USNS PATUXENT (T-AO 201) a line parts injuring four TRUMAN sailors. Two of the sailors were medevaced to NAS Jacksonville, Fla. for treatment while another one was flown to NAS Norfolk, Va. The fourth sailor was treated on board.|
|December 9, 2012||Virginia Capes||The starboard wing of an E-2C collides with the spinning port propeller of another Hawkeye while both aircraft are chocked and chained. No injuries are reported.|
Notes of Interest:
About the Ship's Battle Flag:
Steeped in tradition, every U.S. naval vessel has flown a battle flag from its mast during special evolutions. The crew of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN designed her battle flag as more than a tribute to the shipís namesake.
TRUMANís battle flag is a variation of the flag carried by the 129th Field Artillery Regiment of the 35th Division, the battery under the command of, then, Capt. Harry Truman during World War I.
The scarlett background is representative of the price Americans have paid for freedom throughout history, symbolizing President Trumanís thoughts on American independence. "Freedom, in the American tradition, is always coupled with service...it still costs money. It still costs blood. "Freedom must be fought for today, just as our fathers had to fight for freedom when the nation was born."
The crossed cannons that once represented Battery D now seem to greater exemplify Trumanís leadership and dedication to service during WWI. Ironically, the cannons are French 75s, the type of cannon Battery D fired during some of the fighting in France. The swallowtail design, crossed cannons, "129" and "D" comprised the original battle flag. The original components of the battle flag are superimposed on TRUMANís hull number, signifying the relationship between the firepower of the past and present.
"Give Ďem hell" has become the carrierís battle cry and is part of Trumanís legacy. The phrase was first mentioned during Trumanís 1948 re-election campaign during his 21,928-mile "whistle stop" rail tour. He delivered more than 300 speeches in 33 days to an estimated six million citizens, something no president had done before to meet the people. In Seattle, Truman was holding an enthusiastic campaign rally when someone cried, "Give Ďem hell, Harry!"
Truman later wrote, "I have never deliberately given anyone hell. I just told the truth on the opposition and they thought it was hell."
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN History:
|April 25, 1989||Start construction|
|Nov. 29, 1993||Keel laid|
|Sept. 7, 1996||Christening|
|Sept. 13, 1996||Launch|
|January 1998||The crew moved aboard|
|May 1998||Acceptance trial|
|July 25, 1998||Commissioning|
|November 28, 2000||Left Norfolk, Va., on its maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf|
|February 16, 2001||Aircraft from HARRY S. TRUMAN attacked anti-air warfare sites in Iraq as part of Operation Southern Watch|
|May 23, 2001||Returned to Norfolk, Va.|
|July 16, 2001 - July 23, 2001||Local operations off the east coast|
|October 28 - November 6, 2002||JTFEX off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts|
|December 5, 2002||Left Norfolk, Va., on its second major overseas deployment|
|May 23, 2003||Returned to Norfolk, Va., after participation in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom|
|August 20, 2003 - February 13, 2004||6-month maintenance and upgrade program at Norfolk Naval Shipyard|
|October 13, 2004 - April 18, 2005||Third major overseas deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf|
|January 9 - December 20, 2006||Naval Shipyard for Dry-docked Planned Incremental Availability|
|July 2 - 17, 2007||COMPTUEX in the western Atlantic|
|July 26 - 31, 2007||JTFEX 07-2 in the western Atlantic|
|November 5, 2007 - June 4, 2008||Mediterranean and Persian Gulf deployment|
|July 2008 - February 14, 2009||Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard|
|May 21 - December 20, 2010||Mediterranean and Arabian Sea deployment|
|March 25, 2011||Entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a 15-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA)|
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USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Image Gallery:
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The photos below were taken by me and show the HARRY S. TRUMAN undergoing her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va., on February 3, 2009.
The photo below was taken by me and shows the HARRY S. TRUMAN in the final stages of her 15-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va., on May 6, 2012. The carrier entered the shipyard on March 25, 2011.