Take the very short, but very intense video attached in the tweet below. It was posted by the NATO Air Command in mid-April, and it shows a couple of aggressive, low-flying EA-18 Growlers moving fast and with intent over the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The planes, alongside other 130 NATO aircraft, were at the time (and probably still are) on high alert on account of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. The purpose of them being in the air at the time was to patrol the area, but also “ensure the integrity of #NATO airspace & showcasing our cohesive, unified force,” as the alliance says.
And what better way to show that cohesive, unified force than to really show what’s lurking above the calm waters of the Mediterranean: an aircraft carrier, capable of holding some 90 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, deck filled with hardware, with the fleet of fighters and other machines presumably ready to go out and about?
The clip is just 14 seconds long, and it is only about halfway in when the Truman comes into view. It however immediately steals the attention of the onlooker, especially given how the final seconds of the clip give us a glimpse of the ship from within buzzing distance, almost.
Watch as @USNavy ???????? EA-18 Growlers provide the best views of @USSHARRYSTRUMAN in the Mediterranean Sea— NATO Air Command (@NATO_AIRCOM) April 15, 2022
Over 130 @NATO aircraft are on alert and patrolling our skies to ensure the integrity of #NATO airspace & showcasing our cohesive, unified force #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/X4AbtWHQxG