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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Deployment completed

  • Harrah grad at sea for nine months.
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  • Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan L. Cousins, son of Rusty Cousins of Harrah, Okla., along with approximately 6,000 other Sailors and Marines stationed aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., marking the end of the ship's nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.
     
    While deployed, Truman conducted a full range of operations ranging from maritime security operations and multinational exercises, to providing air support for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan.
     
    Truman also conducted integrated operations with the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle Strike Group over a five-week period in the Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf.
     
    Squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 flew 2,902 combat sorties, or flights, totaling more than 16,450 hours in support of OEF.
     
    The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group consists of several deployed units including Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10 staff; CVW-3; 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staff comprised of U.S. and Royal Navy personnel; guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87); guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56); and fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).
     
    Cousins is a 1995 graduate of Harrah High School.
     

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