The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group has transited the Suez Canal. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Laura Moore)
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group has entered the 5th Fleet theater of responsibility to replace the Truman strike group, according to 5th Fleet.
The Bush strike group left Norfolk, Va., in February on a nine-month deployment. On Wednesday, the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush with Carrier Air Wing 8, the cruiser Philippine Sea, and the destroyer Roosevelt transited the Suez Canal, 5th Fleet announced in a Thursday news release.
The destroyer Truxtun, also part of the strike group, left the Black Sea on Friday after completing exercises with the Bulgarian and Romanian navies, a news release from 6th Fleet says.
The Truman strike group left Norfolk on July 22 for a deployment slated to last between eight and nine months. Planes from the Truman recently flew their last sortie in support of troops in Afghanistan and the carrier is expected to head home soon, the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported Thursday.