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US aircraft carriers in combat against ISIS: Without German escorts

The German frigate Hessewho have been escorting the US aircraft carrier for the past few weeks Harry S. Truman posed, has been detached from this task since May 3 and the NATO-led maritime surveillance mission Sea Guardian subordinated in the Mediterranean. Towards the end of the month it will be checked whether the ship of the Navy * will be reintegrated into the carrier association. This was announced by the German Navy at the request of Eyes straight ahead! With.

This sober news needs a little explanation.

On April 10, the carrier association was with the Harry S. Truman departed from its home port in Norfolk, destined for the Mediterranean. As planned for a long time and also publicly announced, the frigate belonged to the association Hesse of the German Navy: As in previous years, the Navy provided an air defense frigate to secure the carrier association.

Since the expiry of the association was closely related to the air strikes by the USA, France and Great Britain on targets in Syria as a reaction to an alleged poison gas attack by the Syrian regime, the corresponding speculations immediately arose: The aircraft of the carrier group would be involved in further actions Syria involved, and the Hesse would be part of this attack planning.

For reasons of time, that turned out to be absurd - because the entire supporting association didn't arrive in the region until just under two weeks later. Nevertheless, the German frigate was deregistered from the association when the aircraft were involved in actions over Syria: On May 3, the carrier group began to support the Operation Inherent Resolve, so the coalition in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq:

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) commenced air operations May 3, 2018, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
"Our flight operations in support of OIR demonstrate the continued commitment of the U.S. and regional partner nations to eliminating the terrorist group ISIS, and the threat it poses to the international community, "said Commander, HSTCSG, Rear Adm. Gene Black.
Operating from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1’s strike fighter squadrons conducted sorties over Syria, demonstrating HSTCSG’s ability to support two different geographic combatant commanders simultaneously.

Now Germany is also part of this anti-ISIS coalition, and so far the German Navy had also supported a French aircraft carrier whose machines were used to fight ISIS - practically nothing other than what the US aircraft carrier is now doing.

However, the legal situation has changed for the Bundeswehr since then. In March the Bundestag approved a new mandate for the fight against ISIS, which not only brought together the previously separate missions of training support in Iraq and aerial reconnaissance and refueling for the international coalition. But at the same time the previously planned maritime escort protection as a task for the German armed forces was deleted.

The mandate valid until spring stipulated:

assignment
The German contribution serves the fight against terrorism and to support Iraq and the international anti-IS coalition in their fight against IS by providing air refueling, reconnaissance (especially air, space and sea-based), sea-going protection and staff Support.
This results in the following tasks for the Bundeswehr forces involved:
(…)
- Escort protection and contribution to the security of the naval unit,

This task is no longer included in the new mandate. That was also communicated, among other things as a reason for lowering the upper limit for this assignment.

The Hesse will therefore now initially monitor the sea area for NATO until May 26, presumably in the eastern Mediterranean. Whether it then returns to the carrier group will depend on how the further orders for the Harry S. Truman look.

* I confess quite contrite that I was actually the first Federal Navy had written. I can't really explain the prescriber and I ask for your indulgence.

(Photo by Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Vincina Lonergan works with shipmates to upload ordinance to an F / A-18 Super Hornet on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) May 3, 2018. - US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley)