NORFOLK-It's deployment day for thousands of sailors and Marines.
USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing 3 were scheduled to leave throughout the day Monday for an eight-to-nine month tour of duty in the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas.
The deployment was originally scheduled for February 8, but it was delayed on February 6 because of sequestration.
USS Mason was the first to leave Naval Station Norfolk. Others deploying are Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10; USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron, a combined U.K. and U.S. staff.
Squadrons are Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 "Swordsmen," VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls," and VFA-105 "Gunslingers;" Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 "Checkerboards;" Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 "Seahawks;" Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 "Zappers;" Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 "Dusty Dogs;" and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 "Swamp Foxes."
USS Harry S. Truman returned from its last deployment December 2010 and then spent went in for work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.