Bas Stubert and Hans van der Wilt report for GMAP from Portsmouth; England.
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Portsmouth, England, for a scheduled port visit, at the end of July 2017.
This port visit precedes the ship’s participation in the multinational exercise Saxon Warrior ’17 along with elements from the United Kingdom and other North American Treaty Organization (NATO) members. The exercise is designed to develop theater-specific combat skills, as well as enhance cooperation between allies.
On board was Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 and many of the planes where parked on deck during the visit to Potsmouth and with a civilian boat tour allong the carrier many aircraft could be seen and photographed.
“After completing our mission, we are taking time to visit one of our greatest allies,” said Capt. Will Pennington, GHWB’s commanding officer. “I think it speaks volumes about our Navy and our nation that we are stopping to help our ally get back in the carrier strike group business. The U.K.’s support, and our teamwork together, has been crucial to protecting the freedoms of both nations. This port visit and the upcoming exercise show the strength of our relationship and that it will still carry on into the future.”
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests.
Text from internet: www.navy.mil