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Sailors unload care packages in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a replenishment-at-sea in the Atlantic Ocean May 2, 2020. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) remains at sea in the Atlantic as a certified carrier strike group force ready for tasking in order to protect the crew from the risks posed by COVID-19, following their successful deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Keeping HSTCSG at sea in U.S. 2nd Fleet, in the sustainment phase of OFRP, allows the ship to maintain a high level of readiness during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Family Readiness Group hosted a care package collection for Sailors aboard Truman April 28.

This package collection comes as HSTCSG remains at sea in the Western Atlantic as a certified carrier strike group force ready for tasking in order to protect the crew from the risks posed by COVID-19, following their successful deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.

“This effort demonstrates the support of the families and our desire to take care of our Truman Sailors during their ongoing mission,” said Kelli Sybrowsky, president of the USS Harry S. Truman Family Readiness Group. “We love and miss them and are looking forward to their return.”

In order to protect the crew of Truman, packages will be collected and handled in a way that prevents the potential spread of COVID-19. This includes no person-to-person contact during the drop-off and a dwell time before delivery to the ship. Furthermore, the care packages will be delivered to Truman via Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS), to further protect the crew from potential COVID-19 transmission.

“We are deeply grateful for the support of our Truman Family Readiness Group and all our families and loved ones,” said Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh, Truman’s commanding officer. “Sailors always love receiving care packages from home. However, it’s particularly moving during these times, when we are honestly more concerned with our families’ well-being than our own, that the FRG would make this concerted, tangible effort to demonstrate their care and affection for our Sailors.”

The HSTCSG is an example of how U.S. naval forces are inherently flexible and provide presence and capabilities when and where needed. The ships within the strike group remain ready to respond to emergent tasking around the globe, providing critically needed capabilities for emerging crises.

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