The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), bottom, relieves the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. Navy photo

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson relieved the USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf and began air operations Saturday in Iraq and Syria.

The Bush will soon depart the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility for its home port at Norfolk, VA.

The Navy is conducting air strikes as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the official name of the operation to eliminate the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL.

The aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS George H.W. Bush operating in the Arabian Gulf. Navy photo
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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.