After an eight month deployment, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) sails the Atlantic Ocean back to her homeport of Norfolk, VA. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford

USS Harry S. Truman’s seal was designed by the ship’s pre-commissioning crew and is primarily blue and gold. According to the ship’s history webpage, a coat of arms “characterizes the global on-station capability of the ship and the United States Navy” and “Truman’s name forms the shape of a forward-deployed aircraft carrier prepared to uphold and protect American interests”. The three flags near the bottom represent the letters “HST”. The 33 gold stars surrounding the seal represent Truman’s position as the 33rd President.

The Harry S. Truman battle flag was also designed by the ship’s crew and is a variation of the guidons carried by the companies of the 129th Field Artillery Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division, such as Battery D, the battery under the command of then Army Capt. Harry Truman during World War I. It consists of crossed cannons on a scarlet background with the phrase “Give ’em hell”, a reference to Truman’s 1948 reelection campaign.

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. ”
– President Harry S. Truman

Namesake: Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States
Class: Nimitz-class Aircraft Carrier
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co. in VA
Flagship: Carrier Strike Group 8
Cost: $4.5 billion (2010 dollars)
Laid Down: 29 November 1993 Launched: 13 February 1996
Christened by: Barbara Bush
Commissioned: 25 July 1998
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: The Buck Stops Here
Nicknames: HST, Lone Warrior
Status: active service
Displacement: 103,900 long tons
Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 M)
Propulsion: 2 x Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, 4 steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+km/h; 35+mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Complement: Ships Company: 3,532, Airwing: 2,480
Sensors & processing systems: AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar, AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar, AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar, AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars, AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar, AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars, 4 x Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems, 4 x Mk 95 radars
Aircraft Carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is the ninth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth in the Nimitz class.


  • Battenberg Cup 2003
  • Battle “E” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014
  • Dorie P. Miller Memorial Award for Food Service in 2002 and 2004
  • Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award, an honor given to the most battle-readyship in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet 2004 and 2009
  • Ney Award in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005
  • Admiral Stan Arthur Award, 2004
Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returns to Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony Flynn

Information on this carrier courtesy of the United States Navy and