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by on April 20, 2016

USS Harry S. Truman sets Navy record for dropping bombs against Islamic State

Aircraft flying from the Norfolk-based carrier USS Harry S. Truman have set a Navy record for the amount of bombs used in the fight against the Islamic State group, highlighting how U.S. military efforts in the region have intensified in recent months.

The Navy said aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 had dropped 1,118 pieces of ordnance through Friday, surpassing a record of 1,085 pieces that was set by aircraft assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2015. The jets involved are from F/A-18 squadrons based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach and Lemoore Naval Air Station in California.

“We had no idea we would be used to this extent and magnitude. We started dropping bombs Dec. 29 and here we are in mid-April still going strong,” Cmdr. Jim McDonald, the Truman’s weapons officer, said in a statement

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