The Navy's newest aircraft carrier is preparing for its first combat deployment.
In a news release, the Navy says the George H.W. Bush Strike Group will leave Norfolk on May 11. The strike group will support maritime security in the Navy's 5th and 6th fleet areas of operation.
The strike group has about 6,000 sailors and includes the nuclear-powered USS George H.W. Bush. Named for the nation's 41st president, the $6.2 billion warship is the 10th and final in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers first launched in 1972. They are the largest warships in the world.