After completing five days of sea trials, sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returned to Norfolk Naval Station Wednesday, closing out six-month condensed incremental availability period (CIA).
Sea trials allow the crew and Norfolk Naval Shipyard members to assess the ship’s maintenance and state of readiness.
The Truman was out to sea for the first time since 2014. While they were underway, the crew tested equipment, damage-control readiness and performed various drills and system checks.
Command Master Chief Antonio D. Perryman said the crew trains to win and he believes, based off the crew’s previous success, they will come through when it matters.
“I think we have the best of the best; the finest crew that’s out there,” said Perryman. “I say that because our Sailors are very resilient, they are happy and they are hard workers. They are dedicated to the training. ‘The buck stops with me’ mentality is something that lies in the heart of every Truman sailor. They’ve fought every day to make sure we are getting all we need. Everything we ask this crew to do, they’ve done and they’ve been flexible. They love what they do and they give their all, 100 percent of the time.”
Truman will have a short break in homeport before heading back to sea for flight deck certification and Tailored Ship’s Training Availability, more milestones in preparation for an upcoming deployment scheduled for later this year.