The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier docked on the island of Crete fresh from 2,000 missions against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The 5,500 crew members were given a well-deserved Greek island break after seven months at sea. The carrier was deployed for a month longer than initially intended so as to “keep the pressure” on the Islamic State before the arrival of its replacement by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The carrier was an impressive sight as it is as long as the Empire State Building in New York and has a 4.5-acre flight deck. After its break on the island of Crete it will head back to its base in Norfolk, Virginia, in mid-July.