The USS Harry S. Truman and its accompanying strike group entered the 5th Fleet area of operations on Monday, the Navy said.

The Truman is the first aircraft carrier in the Middle East since the departure in October of the Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group. That left a gap in U.S. carrier presence for the first time since 2007.

The Truman is joining the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which arrived in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility earlier this month. […]