NORFOLK (December 20, 2012) the aircraft Carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in the naval port of Norfolk, Virginia.
HMS Defender has arrived on station to provide vital support to a US Navy carrier task group in the Gulf, using her world-class air defence weapon systems to protect the US Navy aircraft carrier, USS George H W Bush and her aircraft as they launch airstrikes as part of the international coalition against ISIL.
HMS Defender, one of the most advanced warships ever built for the Royal Navy, is operating as a fully integrated part of the carrier strike group. Using her air defence radar and Sea Viper missile system, the ship provides an ‘umbrella’ of air defence to the Nimitz class aircraft carrier and her escort ships while they patrol the Gulf and launch airstrikes against the terrorist group ISIL.
The crew of the submarine USS Finback (SS-230) pulls Lieutenant Junior Grade George H. W. Bush from the water after his plane was shot down. Bush had been in the water for 4 hours before the Finback came to his rescue, He remained on the submarine for the next month, participating in rescuing other downed airmen, before eventually being returned to his carrier the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). As a display of appreciation for the return of their pilot, the crew of the San Jacinto presented the crew of the Finback with several pints of ice cream. It was not uncommon for submarines performing life guard duty to “ransom” rescued pilots back to their assigned carriers for the frozen treat.