U.S AIRCRAFT CARRIER DOCKS IN CRETE AFTER ISIL BATTLES

The Wider Image: Life aboard the USS Harry S. Truman

According to Reuters media agency, The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier arrived in Crete on Tuesday, giving its 5,500 crew members a Greek island break after seven months at sea and over 2,000 missions launched against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria.

The media agency added that the U.S. Navy extended the Truman’s deployment by one month to “keep the pressure” on ISIL until the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier arrived to take over, Vice Admiral James Foggo, commander of the Navy’s Sixth Fleet, told Reuters.

The 1,096-feet (334-metre) Truman, as long as the Empire State Building in New York City is tall and with a 4.5-acre (1.8 hectare) flight deck, is due back home in Norfolk, Virginia in mid-July.

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