USS Harry S. Truman

Aircraft “Supercarrier” | Nimitz Class

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is the eighth Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier of the United States Navy, named after the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman. The ship’s callsign is Lone Warrior, and she is currently homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

Harry S. Truman was launched on 7 September 1996 by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia,[2] and commissioned on 25 July 1998 with Captain Thomas Otterbein in command. President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker, and other notable attendees and speakers included Missouri Representative Ike Skelton, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, Secretary of DefenseWilliam Cohen and Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.

Harry S. Truman was initially the flagship of Carrier Group Two and, beginning 1 October 2004, of Carrier Strike Group Ten.

Beginning in 2001, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Battle Group participated in Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Deny Flight, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Summer Pulse ’04, and NATO Operation Medshark/Majestic Eagle ’04.[3]

As of 3 June 2016, Harry S. Truman was the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 8, carrying out operations against IS from the Eastern Mediterraneann as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.[4][5][6] The ship has been the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 8 since June 2014.

General and specialized information

Name Namesake Ordered Awarded Builder
USS Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman June 30, 1988 Newport News Shipbuilding
Cost Laid down Sponsored by Christened Launched
$4.5 billion November 29, 1993 N/A N/A September 7, 1996
Commissioned Homeport Motto Knickname Current Status
July 25, 1998 NS Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia – USA The Buck Stops Here HST, Lone Warrior Active – January 2017

General characteristics

Class and type:
  • Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
  • Theodore Roosevelt subclass
Displacement: 103,900 long tons (116,400 short tons)
Length:
  • Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
  • Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam:
  • Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
  • Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Draft:
  • Maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
  • Limit: 41 feet (12.5 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors
  • 4 × steam turbines
  • 4 × shafts
  • 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Complement:
  • Ship’s company: 3,200
  • Air wing: 2,480

Systems and Armament

Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar
  • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar
  • AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar
  • AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars
  • AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar
  • AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars
  • 4 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
  • 4 × Mk 95 radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite
  • SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
Armament:
  • 2 × Mk 57 Mod3 Sea Sparrow
  • 2 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
  • 3 × Phalanx CIWS
Armor: Unknown
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

USS Harry S. Truman Description

Harry S. Truman (also known as HST within the Navy) is 1,092 feet (333 m) long, 257 feet (78 m) wide and is as high as a twenty-four-story building, at 244 feet (74 m). The supercarrier can accommodate approximately 90 aircraft and has a flight deck 4.5 acres (1.8 ha) in size, using four elevators that are 3,880 sq ft (360 m2) each to move planes between the flight deck and the hangar bay. With a combat load, HST displaces almost 97,000 tons and can accommodate 6,250 crewmembers.

The warship uses two Mark II stockless anchors that came from USS Forrestal and weigh 30 tons each, with each link of the anchor chain weighing 360 pounds (160 kg). She is currently equipped with three 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts and two Sea Sparrow SAM launchers.

The ship cost over $4.5 billion in 2007 dollars to manufacture.

Propulsion

Two Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors are used for propulsion, this means that the ship is capable of steaming more than three million miles before refueling. The ship has 4 five-bladed propellers that weigh 66,220 pounds (30.04 t) each and can drive the ship at speeds over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).

Awards

Harry S Truman has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing the ship’s excellence. They include

  • Battenberg Cup 2003
  • Battle “E” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008,2009 and 2010. 2014
  • Dorie P. Miller Memorial Award for Food Service in 2002 and 2004
  • Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award, an honor given to the most battle-ready ship in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet 2004 and 2009
  • Ney Award in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005
  • Admiral Stan Arthur Award, 2004

Ship’s seal and battle flag

Harry S. Truman battle flag.

The oval seal was designed by the ship’s pre-commissioning crew and is primarily blue and gold. According to the ship’s history webpage, a coat of arms “characterizes the global on-station capability of the ship and the United States Navy” and “Truman’s name forms the shape of a forward-deployed aircraft carrier prepared to uphold and protect American interests”. The three flags near the bottom represent the letters “HST”. The 33 gold stars surrounding the seal represent Truman’s position as the 33rd President.

The Harry S. Truman battle flag was also designed by the ship’s crew and is a variation of the guidons carried by the companies of the 129th Field Artillery Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division, such as Battery D, the battery under the command of then Army Capt. Harry Truman during World War I. It consists of crossed cannons on a scarlet background with the phrase “Give ’em hell”, a reference to Truman’s 1948 reelection campaign.

Pre-commissioning and construction[edit]

A cover for the Keel Laying of CVN-75 showing her keel was laid as USS United States

The keel was laid by Newport News Shipbuilding on 29 November 1993 and the ship was christened on 7 September 1996.[18]HST was authorized and laid down as USS United States but her name was changed in February 1995 at the direction of then Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.

Three Newport News ship workers died during construction when a pump room filled with methane and hydrogen sulfide gases during a sewage leak on 12 July 1997. They are commemorated by a brass plaque in the tunnel off Hangar Bay No. 1. The ship was christened on 7 September 1996, launched 13 September 1996, and the crew began moving aboard from contract housing in Newport News in January 1998. The ship successfully completed builder’s sea trial on 11 June 1998 after a short delay due to noise issues in one of the reactor closure heads. The ship was officially accepted by the Navy on 30 June 1998 and was commissioned on 25 July 1998 at Naval Station Norfolk.[19]

Commissioning[edit]

The keynote speaker of the commissioning ceremony was President Bill Clinton. Other notable attendees and speakers were: Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., who pushed to have the carrier named after the 33rd president; Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan; Captain Thomas Otterbein, Truman’s first commanding officer; Secretary of Defense William Cohen; and Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.

1998–1999[edit]

The Truman left port for sea for the first time as a U.S. Navy carrier in August 1998 to conduct flight deck certifications, an exercise designed to test the ship’s ability to successfully launch and recover aircraft. That was followed by numerous at sea periods for various training excercises.

2000 maiden deployment[edit]

The Maiden deployment of Harry S Truman began on 28 November 2000 with Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) embarked. After transiting the Suez Canal, the air wing flew 869 combat sorties in support of Operation Southern Watch (OSW), including a strike on Iraqi integrated air defense system sites on 16 February 2001, in a sanctioned response to Iraqi surface-to-air missile fire against United Nations Security Council coalition forces.[18] Combat operations ended on 27 April and the ship returned to the U.S. on 23 May 2001. She then entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for her first Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) on 5 September.

2002–2003[edit]

A pair of T-45 Goshawks of VT-7 Eagles stand on Harry S. Trumans forward catapults awaiting launch during carrier qualifications in July 2003

HST deployed on her second deployment on 5 December 2002, again with CVW-3 embarked,[20] visiting Marseille, France, Souda Bay, Crete and Koper, Slovenia.[21] Between 19 March and 18 April, airwing aircraft flew nearly 1,300 combat sorties from the Mediterranean Sea in the early stages of 2003 invasion of Iraq.[22][23][24] The ship stopped in Portsmouth, England, before returning to Norfolk on 23 May 2003. Truman conducted her second Planned Incremental Availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard from August 2003 to 13 February 2004.

2004–2005[edit]

The ship anchored outside Portsmouth, England, date unknown.

On 2 June 2004, HST “surged”[25] for Exercise Summer Pulse, deploying to the Mediterranean Sea. The ship called at Naples, Italy, and participated in Operation Majestic Eagle in the eastern Atlantic Ocean before returning home on 25 July.[26]

On 1 October 2004, as part of a Navy-wide series of redesignations, Trumans immediate superior in command (ISIC) changed to Carrier Strike Group Ten. The ship set out from Norfolk on her third extended deployment on 13 October 2004, and visited Souda Bay, Crete, before relieving USS John F. Kennedy on 20 November in the Persian Gulf. Truman and Carrier Air Wing 3 launched 2,577 sorties, totaling nearly 13,000 flight hours, flying combat missions over Iraq and maritime security operations before being relieved by USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group in the Persian Gulf on 19 March 2005. Despite plans to cross the equator and visit South Africa, diplomatic issues caused her instead to transit the Suez Canal, stopping in Portsmouth, England, prior to returning home on 18 April 2005.

On 1 September 2005, in response to the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Truman set sail for the devastated U.S. Gulf Coast. She arrived in the Gulf of Mexico on 4 September and served as the flagship for the Naval task force. While the ship’s strike group (Carrier Strike Group 10) commander, Rear Adm. Joseph Kilkenny, was appointed deputy commander of Joint Task Force Gulf Coast (also known as JTF Katrina & Rita), the ship remained anchored in the gulf and provided fresh desalinated water for the relief effort via helicopter (the actual command hub for the JTF was USS Iwo Jima). The carrier also provided support to JRB New Orleans in the form of aviation boatswain’s mates and cooks to keep that station in operation.[27]Harry S Truman returned to home port in October 2005 after five weeks of relief efforts.

Harry S Truman in the Elizabeth River near Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2004.

2006[edit]

Harry S Truman entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a Docked Planned Incremental Availability in January 2006.[28] The ship received many system upgrades, and underwent preventative maintenance to repair minor weld defects originating from the initial construction of the reactor plants. She left the yard in December 2006 and continued preparations for surge beginning in April 2007.

2007[edit]

On 15 August 2007, an E-2C Hawkeye crashed after taking off from the carrier, killing all three crewmembers. On 5 November 2007 Harry S Truman left Norfolk for her fourth extended deployment with CVW-3 embarked in support of OIF.

2008[edit]

HST returned to the US on 4 June 2008.[29] She first pulled into port in Naval Station Mayport, Florida in order to welcome aboard family and friends for a three-day “Tiger Cruise” or Family Day Cruise, before returning to Norfolk Naval Station on 4 June 2008.[30] The ship was awarded her fourth Battle E award for the east coast (for 2008) in early 2009. Jimmy Buffett visited the ship and performed a concert on 28 January 2008.

2009[edit]

HST completed a nearly seven-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA in February 2009.[31] On 5 August 2009, EA-18G Growlers from Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) and Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) completed their first at-sea carrier-arrested landing (trap) aboard Harry S Truman.[32]

2010[edit]

Truman began a seven-month deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations in support of maritime security operations[33] on 21 May 2010. Truman led a task force of 11 American warships and 5,000 men into the Suez Canal on 20 June 2010. The ship visited four ports during its 213 days at sea, including Marseille, France; Dubai, U.A.E; Manama, Bahrain; and Souda Bay, Crete, before returning to the United States on 20 December 2010.

2011[edit]

Dry-docked

On 2 February 2011, Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet named Truman as the Battle Effectiveness Award, or Battle “E”, award winner, which was third consecutive Battle “E” award. This was the sixth award in the ship’s twelve-year history, having previously won the Battle “E” award in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009.[14]

Harry S Truman entered a Docked Planned Increment Availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in late March 2011. On 28 February 2011, the aircraft carrier began its dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) maintenance and yard overhaul period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia (pictured).[34] During this maintenance cycle, Truman received a new main mast, an upgrade in its close-in weapons systems, and the installation of the Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) which provides the carrier with enhanced communications and cooperative engagement capabilities to assess possible threats.[35]Truman is expected to complete this DPIA yard overhaul in early 2012 and begin preparations for its sixth overseas deployment.[36] Also, Trumans berthing spaces were also upgraded, installing 2,500 racks, replacing 46,000 square feet of deck and painting 106,000 square feet of spaces.[37] On 8 November 2011, Captain Tushar Tembe died after collapsing on the pier near the ship. Executive Officer Captain Craig Clapperton assumed command after Captain Tushar Tembe’s death. Soon after Tembe’s death Captain Dee Mewbourne assumed command and Captain Craig Clapperton resumed his position as Executive Officer.

2012[edit]

Harry S. Truman on carrier qualifications in the Atlantic in December 2012; three C-2A Greyhounds are parked adjacent to the ship’s island; behind them is a single SH-60F Seahawk; a second Seahawk is parked on the starboard side aft with an F/A-18E Super Hornet; an X-47B UCAV is taxiing from the port side aft, about to pass a pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets parked on the port side overhang.

On 7 April 2012, Norfolk Naval Shipyard completed the ship’s nuclear power plant modernization and testing was to begin to ensure its readiness for sea trials lasting 90 days. Harry S. Truman returned to the U.S. Navy fleet in the summer of 2012.[38] On 26 November 2012, an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) was hoisted on board the Truman in preparation for an unmanned aircraft’s first, carrier-based testing. Truman was to be the first aircraft carrier in Naval aviation history to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Testing on the X-47B was conducted over a three-week period that included in-port and underway demonstrations aboard.[39] The X-47B successfully completed carrier deck tests aboard the Harry S Truman on 18 December 2012.[40]

2013[edit]

On 6 February 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the upcoming deployment of Harry S. Truman, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser Gettysburg, and the rest of Carrier Strike Group Ten will be postponed pending the resolution of the upcoming budget sequestration, leaving the carrier John C. Stennis and its carrier strike group as the only carrier force operating in the Persian Gulf region.[41][42] The strike group was originally scheduled to depart Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, on 8 February 2013.[41]

On 22 July 2013, Harry S. Truman left for an extended deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and settled into their mission of supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and the coalition of troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

2014[edit]

On 14 February 2014, the Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet named Harry S. Truman as the East Coast aircraft carrier Battle Effectiveness Award winner.[43]

On 23 March 2014 Harry S. Truman officially turned over the watch to George H.W. Bush in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting theater security cooperation efforts.[44]

2015[edit]

On 16 November 2015, Harry S. Truman, with assigned Carrier Air Wing Seven, began a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation. The carrier was accompanied by the cruiser Anzio and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, Bulkeley, Gonzalez, Ramage and Gravely.[45]

On 21 December 2015, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh visited USS Harry S. Truman stationed near the Yemeni island of Berim.[46] On 26 December while transiting the Straight of Hormuz several unguided rockets fired by Iran landed approximately 1,500 yards (1,400 m) away from Harry S. Truman which was traveling with the destroyer Bulkeley and the French frigate Provence. Iran had announced over maritime radio they were carrying out tests “only 23 minutes before” and were criticized by the U.S. Central Command for “Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane.” [47]

2016[edit]

On 12 January 2016, an unarmed Iranian drone flew directly over Harry S. Truman in international waters and took “precise” photos, according to state television in the Islamic Republic.[48]

On 29 December 2015, Harry S. Truman began launching strikes against the Islamic State group. By mid-April 2016, aircraft of Carrier Air Wing Seven operating from the carrier had dropped 1,118 pieces of ordnance in operations against the group, surpassing a record of 1,085 pieces that was set by aircraft assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2015.[49]

On 3 June 2016, F/A-18 Hornets launched from Harry S. Truman conducted air strikes against ISIS targets from the eastern Mediterranean. It was the first time the U.S. Navy had conducted strike missions in the Middle East from the Mediterranean Sea since flying operations against the Iraqi military in 2003.[50]

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Commissioning

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8:42Mariners why fortunes hand for
8:46be intimately connected up
8:50of shore given the bath awesome power unpredictable nature
8:57see instinctively turn to divine protection
9:02and welcoming per ship not
9:05ritual company almost home
9:10traditions that carry
9:14through tomorrow the relationship between
9:18warship more significant
9:21at all no here in their lives
9:25on the quality running and performance
9:29a lengthy period of time
9:33many long days followership christening imprint
9:37mine every L to call them all working towards
9:42ships Commission achieve
9:45today goals come to fruition today
9:50the heart genius efforts many
9:53to bring about this moment finally paid off ship that will make
9:59through and mark birthday on a walk
10:02turn more commissions morning
10:06who participated today
10:09ceremony came down upon them all nothing else compares
10:13your while you nuclear-powered carrier
10:17free the impact carrier
10:20school for no one ship rap
10:24world power rape
10:27remember in all rooms instructor forever make your nation
10:33crowd work now my grade
10:37honor by print to play in commission prep
10:43I hereby play
10:48the United stay here George HW Bush
10:52in commission may God bless and guy
10:56were here and all Hill
10:59and her
11:17thank you mister president
11:19thank you carry winter victim up
11:23boy the caller in the Commission panic yelling please direct your attention
11:33like the colors the commissioning and
11:36water the colors
11:40Nick II
12:05captain color very well
12:17that
12:18hip York hood Inc
12:21and I
12:39the cheap
12:39naval operation admiral your ear up
12:50present
12:51sector a gauge ladies and gentlemen
12:54and especially sailors
12:58United day ship george HW Bush
13:10today today have incredible
13:12work achieve an incredible work to be done
13:16this nuclear aircraft carrier
13:19AP sovereign American
13:22territory a cloning move all
13:26American base only have been built here
13:30by the power men and women or American shipbuilder
13:35and you are without fear the hard work
13:40and ingenuity the shipbuilder the engineer
13:43and the sign power above us today
13:47however while this day home in a camper stop
13:52it is just the beginning for sailors
13:55cool store and George HW Bush Campbell clarity
14:01take command of this ship to take on an awesome responsibility
14:06to the nation and do our future
14:09the standard that you said will lack
14:13very long time when you consider but the last commanding officer
14:19George HW Bush has not yet been born this great we’re here will be
14:28part neck fifty years American history
14:32he anti-war not of us can predict
14:38what the next fifty years whole and you would have expected
14:43when we commissioned the USS Kitty Hawk decades ago
14:47the aircraft carrier that hip replaced
14:50but it would go from donating
14:54300,000 gallons water the drought-stricken Hong Kong
14:58 launching carrier air strikes and
15:01Southeast Asia the participating
15:05in a contingency operation during the Iranian hostage crisis
15:09and striking your and two wars
15:13in the Middle East recently we have seen our carriers
15:17strike targets or in
15:20and similarly sure staging bases
15:24the Lord humanitarian relief operation
15:27ever undertaken the tsunami 2004
15:31and while we do not know exactly what the future hold
15:36we can be sure or you up
15:39george HW Bush will provide commanders
15:42she for the next by decades
15:46with option of to respond
15:49way that no other nation can cap
15:53learning the sailor ship today
15:57you bring light for this extraordinary ship your skill
16:01Your Enthusiasm your courage and your determination
16:06leadership to greatness set the bar very high
16:10so that everyone is always reaching for it your ship’s namesake
16:15and the nation expect nothing less thank you very much
16:28thank you
16:28up your remark your leadership
16:32ship company all
16:35hot I will now read my order
16:39from name personnel captain Kevin
16:42Larry United they Navy object Europe personnel owners number 35 38
16:4818 member 2008 upon commissioning
16:52United they hit george HW Bush TV and
16:55seventy 7 report for duty at commanding officer
16:58sign Matteo rear admiral United date Navy
17:02commander Navy personnel command ship company
17:06portrayed rap
17:09ladies and gentleman
17:13as many of you know our name thing with the 44th President of the United
17:17day left well remembered however
17:20incredible journey up not long after pearl harbor
17:25elected to postpone college then
17:28three-day fourth nineteen birthday became the nineteen
17:32the youngest naval aviator not 83
17:35urgent appeal 151 US mansion ago
17:39during world war 2 the battle the Philippine
17:42the one up the campaign larger air Val
17:46during a later mission September 1944
17:49again Japanese your installation playing with here
17:52by anti-aircraft fire by
17:56damage be completed attack then never mile
17:59out the before bailing out rescued by the bring you a
18:04that in back you later returned participated
18:08for the combat operation with water and with rotated
18:11home having completed 58 combat mission
18:15earning thing with flying crop and 3
18:18airmail you remain serving until the end of the war
18:22bien he then entered Yale University
18:25graduating short two and a half years later in 1948
18:29having captained Yale University baseball game
18:33and playing in the first two College World Series and drink business upon
18:37returned attack you later remember the house represented
18:41at you at the map the united nation director
18:45Central Intelligence and ronald reagan by
18:49right ladies and gentlemen it is my great honor and privilege
18:53intruded the Honorable your Herbert Walker Bush
19:33although here
19:34cap great how lucky we are to be were given no
19:43Navy man reminiscing being here in
19:47their money take me back the five-year
19:50another shipyard
19:54up the US said
19:57like care which roommate very
20:01with today and I are preparing to serve in World War two
20:06big with this like phyllis diller
20:10when she said all my friends are dying in alphabetical order
20:13and i’m glad to be here and a few memory
20:18that ever 1943
20:22now for form during help
20:28painter barber here right New York
20:31should come down ceremony with my mother
20:35that week mater and public we’ve done a pretty good job keeping our room at
20:42but by that point there courtship
20:45German Japanese the only people nowhere
20:49marry the other members
20:53Spurs commissioning fact that i won
20:57and Jack by part the biggest
21:01or anything else ever say 660 feet long
21:06and 120 II cap
21:09figure 2b your net this really cannot compare
21:14almost twice 4.5 acre landing
21:18our up story I’m
21:23featured my grand particular
21:27really like that’s right on word her mindboggling
21:31 1400 help
21:35for all up heard
21:38however for all state-of-the-art technology
21:41safety environmental features most important element finally be
21:47form men and women thoroughbred
21:50voting mailer for sitting out there
21:55five years ago preparing to serve aboard
21:58with right up there with red
22:02started my neighbor a aviation
22:05where all our I don’t know if I could
22:10you prepared I do know
22:14you take with hopes dream
22:17every American Karen treatment you take with the
22:22undying respect and admiration entire
22:25just a few moments I would pick art
22:29helping that for what CVN 70
22:32and from that moment on I’m
22:35officially retired many many years you are forming unbroken line
22:41Patriots protecting American character
22:45someone that what remembered
22:49I know you
22:52fine covered parade particularly in the night
22:55 back vendors start
22:58 Matt creation
23:02 bear witness sir
23:12 make no mistake
23:15 work aboard be routinely sometime
23:20 dangers freedom in only be
23:24 help you will make everyday
23:29 you thank you for your service
23:33 like everyone may God bless
23:37 men and women sale

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USS Carl Vinson CVN-70