IKE Completes Final Pre-Deployment Test

September 30, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) took another step toward becoming a deployment-ready naval vessel, after returning to Norfolk upon completion of Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) Sept. 29. “Ike Sailors have done it,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer. “Through a mixture of patience, determination and perseverance, the Sailors of our mighty ship and the rest of the Ike Carrier Strike Group (CSG) completed our first Basic Phase work-up. We hold ourselves to the highest standard and push for perfection.” TSTA/FEP…

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USS Iwo Jima, USS New York, USS San Jacinto Poised to Support Irma Relief Efforts

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) departed Naval Station Norfolk September 8th to support possible humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  The two ships, assigned to Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, will be joined by the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56).  Iwo Jima and New York pulled into Norfolk Sept. 7 after leaving their Mayport, Florida, homeport to embark a component of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, as well as members of…

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