USS George H. W. Bush is on station in the Persian Gulf. She has transited the Strait of Hormuz to visit the American base at Bahrain. She has been making her way to the area for some time.
On March 5, 2014, CVN 77 landed in southern Turkey, which is under 500 miles away from Crimea, amid developing tensions over Ukraine with Russia. On March 18, she was transiting the Suez Canal. On March 23, CVN75, the Harry S. Truman, officially turned over the watch to CVN 77 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
On June 14, 2014, the USS George H.W. Bush was ordered to the Persian Gulf to protect US interests in Iraq in light of the escalating crisis in Iraq.
CVN-77 has visited Bahrain on two occasions in the course of its deployment to the Persian Gulf. Aboard is Air Wing 8 consisting of FA-18E and F Super Hornets, EA6B Prowlers and MH60 Seahawks. The Bush will remain on patrol in the Persian Gulf/Arabian Sea until she returns home to Norfolk, Virginia.
The Carrier Group consists also of the DDG’s Truxtun and Roosevelt and the CG, Philippine Sea.