The crews of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) arrived in Split, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit, on 11 February.
This port visit is an opportunity for the sailors to experience what Croatia has to offer and will strengthen interpersonal relationships with Croatian citizens.
Additionally, the sailors will have the opportunity to participate in community relations events with the Children’s Home Maestral Split and to visit various scenic areas in the region through organized tours.
Routine port calls strengthen defense partnerships, build capabilities between the United States and key allies and partners around the world and provide an opportunity for sailors to experience other cultures and take a break from the demands of being at sea, according to the officials.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the Fridtjof Nansen and Harry S. Truman to get to know the people of Croatia and experience its history and scenic landscape,” said Rear Adm. Curt Renshaw, commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight.
“We recently participated alongside our NATO ally Croatia in Neptune Strike 22 and we look forward to spending time ashore with our hosts.”
The strike group is on a scheduled deployment in the US Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security, and defend the US, allied and partner interests in Europe and Africa.
USS Harry S. Truman is the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG). Additional elements of the carrier strike group include the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, the guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, the Royal Norwegian Navy’s Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310), deployed as part of the Cooperative Deployment Program; and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56).