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Aerial view of the commissioning of the USS Harry S. Truman, July 1998

The 19th Anniversary, commissioning of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

By John Desselle, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is the eighth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. Named after the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, the ship was commissioned on July 25, 1998.

Aerial view of the commissioning of the USS Harry S. Truman, July 1998
Aerial view of the commissioning of the USS Harry S. Truman, July 1998

 

 

Harry S. Truman was sworn in as Vice President under President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 20, 1945. Only 82 days later on April 12, 1945 he was sworn in as the nations’ 33rd President following the unexpected death of President Roosevelt. While serving as President of the United  States, Truman was able to achieve some important changes. He issued executive orders desegregating the armed forces, forbidding racial discrimination in Federal employment. He also established a Committee on Civil Rights and encouraged the Justice Department to argue before the Supreme Court on behalf of plaintiffs fighting against segregation. During his first two months in office he also oversaw the ending of the war in Europe.

President Harry S. Truman Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Description: Photo #: 80-G-59661 President Harry S. Truman (center) talking with (right center, in ball cap) On board USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), 22 April 1946, during Eighth Fleet maneuvers off the U.S. east coast. Among the others present are Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (behind Truman) and Mr. Steelman (at the extreme left). Behind them, painted on a hangar deck fire door, is a caricature of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a sailor in similar poses. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
President Harry S. Truman with Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
Description: Photo #: 80-G-59661 President Harry S. Truman (center) talking with (right center, in ball cap) On board USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), 22 April 1946, during Eighth Fleet maneuvers off the U.S. east coast. Among the others present are Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (behind Truman) and Mr. Steelman (at the extreme left). Behind them, painted on a hangar deck fire door, is a caricature of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a sailor in similar poses. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Here’s are some photos of the ship in action: 

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ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 28, 2015) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class B. Siens/Released)
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150518-N-MU551-057 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (May 18, 2015) Machinery Repairman Firemen B. J. Foster, right, R. R. Scott, and W. H. Aldavera repair security lights over the side of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is undergoing a condensed incremental availability period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard while training and acquiring certifications required for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman M. M. Gillan/Released)
160713-N-IG466-058 NORFOLK, Va. (July 13, 2016) Sailors prepare to man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as it returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, completing an 8-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adelola Tinubu/Released)
160713-N-IG466-058 NORFOLK, Va. (July 13, 2016) Sailors prepare to man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as it returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, completing an 8-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adelola Tinubu/Released)

 

020502-N-9610B-507 Aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) May 2, 2002 -- Jessica Simpson performs a song during the taping of the television special, "Rockin' for the USA - A National Salute to the U.S. Military," scheduled to air May 25th at 9 p.m. (EDT) on the CBS television network. Truman and six other U.S. Navy ships are visiting Ft. Lauderdale for "Fleet Week 2002." U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Justin Bane. (RELEASED)
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Aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) May 2, 2002 — Jessica Simpson performs a song during the taping of the television special, “Rockin’ for the USA – A National Salute to the U.S. Military,” scheduled to air May 25th at 9 p.m. (EDT) on the CBS television network. Truman and six other U.S. Navy ships are visiting Ft. Lauderdale for “Fleet Week 2002.” U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Justin Bane. (RELEASED)
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Underway at slow speed while on sea trials, circa 1998. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.color
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Underway at slow speed while on sea trials, circa 1998. Official  U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.color

 

Harry S. Truman the 33rd President of the United States of American
Harry S. Truman the 33rd President of the United States of American