Aircraft from the USS George H.W. Bush have facilitated airstrikes on the Islamic State militants in Iraq since Aug. 8. Their goal is to protect American citizens and personnel in Iraq, and help the Yezidi religious minority hiding with little food and water in the Sinjar Mountains. The ship’s Facebook page released an update and personal thanks for support:
As you have seen on the news, Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW 8) strike fighters have struck ISIL targets near Erbil to help defend the city where U.S. personnel are assisting the Iraqi government. We have also conducted strikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked by ISIL near Sinjar, Iraq.
The professional and dedicated team that makes up Carrier Strike Group 2 (CSG 2) includes USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), CVW 8, CSG 2 staff, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON 22) staff, USS Philippine Sea, USS Truxtun, USS Roosevelt, USS Arleigh Burke and USS O’Kane and we stand ready to support humanitarian assistance operations that are helping those in need. Your Sailors continue to perform in an exemplary manner and we remain ready to perform any mission when called.
This team is making a difference.
We have worked many months prior to deploying and since departing home to maintain the high level of readiness that allows us to carry out our current tasking. The thorough training we received has fully prepared the team to flex to support the mission assigned as we have demonstrated all deployment.
Thank you for all your support from back home, since it is your dedication to us that keeps us focused and determined to carry out our duty.
We are where it matters, when it matters once again.
For an inside look at the operations and life on the USS George H.W. Bush, check out the photos below.