Warrior grad serves aboard Lone Warrior

Special to the Tribune

Atlantic Ocean – Quartermaster 3rd Class Ian MacAlister, a graduate of the Clyde A. Erwin High School Class of 2013, raises a Romeo pennant on the signal bridge aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

According to information found online about U.S. Navy Signal Flags, a Romeo pennant signals that a ship is preparing to replenish at sea. These signal flags are used to communicate while maintaining radio silence.”
The Truman is the eighth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier named for the 33rd president of the United States and was launched in 1996. The ship’s callsign is Lone Warrior (entirely appropriate for a Warrior graduate) and is stationed out of the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is conducting operations in U.S. 6th Fleet to support maritime security operations in international waters alongside the country’s allies and partners. The Harry S. Truman CSG last operated in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in 2018, demonstrating its ability to operate from the High North to the East Mediterranean.

The staff at the Tribune/Leader thanks Quartermaster 3rd Class MacAlister for his service.

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