The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is sailing home after seven and a half month in Mediterranean Sea.

The carrier spent 230 days in the region as part of U.S. & NATO presence operations.

The departure of Bush means there will be no U.S. carrier in Mediterranean for first time since December 2021.

Austin extended the Bush Strike Group after March attacks on U.S. forces in Syria.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, U.S. has kept a carrier in the region for deterrence missions.

Florida is deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet to help ensure regional maritime security and stability.

USS George H.W. Bush sailed through Strait of Gibraltar after arriving in region on Aug. 25.

The Bush Strike Group included cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, and destroyers USS Delbert D. Black, USS Truxtun and USS Farragut.

Embarked Carrier Air Wing 7 was also part of the Bush Strike Group.

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