Jul 20 2022
US Navy Carrier Strike Group sails under NATO command
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, a US Navy aircraft carrier sailed under NATO command. The USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) first sailed under the command of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) in February 2022, during vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22, and most recently during Exercise Neptune Spear 22 in May.
The carrier has sailed with CSGs from France, Italy and Spain since arriving in the Mediterranean Sea late last year. Together, the strike groups have practised operating as a combined maritime task force. Their carrier-launched fighter jets have helped secure the skies over the eastern part of the Alliance, providing a crucial show of support during a time of increased tensions.
STRIKFORNATO, a naval command based in Portugal, provides command and control to Allied flotillas. Centralising control helps NATO better coordinate sea and air operations across ships from different countries.