Exactly ten days after her passage in the opposite direction, this morning between 08:00 and 09:00 CEST the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) crossed the Strait of Messina in the direction of the Ionian Sea.
In the image above, the aircraft carrier is followed by the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and a Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.
George H.W. Bush is the flagship of CSG-10, George H.W. Bush CSG. George H.W. Bush CSG is comprised of George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, the Information Warfare Commander, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55).
The ships of DESRON-26 within CSG-10 are the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), and USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119).
The squadrons of CVW-7 embarked aboard George H.W. Bush are the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, the “Pukin Dogs” of VFA-143, the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86, the “Nighthawks” of VFA-136, the “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, and the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46.
(webcam image via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VufB_nQtvxA&ab_channel=WeatherItaly-WSCam)