The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman arrived Sunday for a scheduled five-day port visit in Bahrain where its crew is expected to spend Christmas.

The Truman carrier strike group is more than halfway through a nine-month deployment, having left its Norfolk, Va., homeport in late July. The Truman is the only U.S. aircraft carrier currently deployed, according to the Navy.

Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials have organized 14 cultural tours of Bahrain for the Truman’s crew of approximately 5,000 sailors and Marines. Officials also have extended hours at most base facilities to accommodate the influx of servicemembers. […]