President Truman’s mantra “Give ‘em Hell” rings true with 2000th strike against ISIS

Just prior to the end of her deployment, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman launched her two-thousandth aircraft mission in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The Truman has been on cruise since late last year. The first launch of the campaign took place just after Christmas. In less than six months, the vessel’s electronic warfare and strike fighter squadrons have logged more than 2,000 sorties.  Quite a remarkable number with the current readiness trends in the Navy, particularly with F/A-18 Hornets.

“Two thousand is a strong number – the result of months of teamwork and dedication of every Sailor [aboard],” said Commander Darren Wilkins, the Truman’s Air Boss. “The only thing more impressive than the quantity of flights is their quality.”