Percival Part of Naval Deployment to Arabian Gulf

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Published on July 26 2013 3:17 pm
Last Updated on July 26 2013 3:17 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John E. Percival, a 2007 graduate of Effingham High School, along with other Sailors stationed aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Naval Station Norfolk, VA., marking the start of the ship's eight to nine month deployment to the Arabian Gulf.

Truman, along with the other components of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG), completed a composite training unit exercise in January prior to their originally scheduled February deployment, and also a sustainment exercise and fleet synthetic training exercise in June.

The February deployment was delayed due to sequestration and the change of aircraft carrier presence requirements in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.

The current deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations (MSO) in the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operations.  Truman is the flagship for HST CSG. It can travel in excess of 30 knots, and has a ship'scompany of approximately 3, 000. With the embarked air wing and staffs, the number rises to about 5,000.

HST CSG also consists of USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff and Carrier Air Wing 3.

Percival joined the Navy in June 2010.