Hampton Roads Based Ships, Aircraft Return To Homeport

September 7 ,2019 – U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered nearly 30 ships and 120 aircraft to return to Hampton Roads today, following an assessment from the U.S. Coast Guard that the port is safe for maritime operations. “After the storm, the Coast Guard and our port partners worked quickly to reconstitute the Port of Virginia,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “This port is critical to commerce in the Commonwealth and throughout the U.S., but it is even more important for our national security as home of…

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Ike Conducts Ammunition Onload at Sea

August 16, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conducted an ammunition onload with both the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the dry cargo ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), August 12-15. Ike took on approximately 1,200 tons of munitions and ordnance during the multi-day evolution, using a combination of both connected and vertical lifts. “This is the critical moment when Ike becomes a warship,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Kendrick Barrow, the Quality Assurance Officer for the weapons department. Barrow said that this event…

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Ike Completes Sea Trials

April 2, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) successfully completed sea trials April 1. “Sea trials was successful well beyond expectations,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer. “Our investment in our ship paid off and now the real work begins: getting the flight deck certified so we start doing what this warship was built to do – launch and recover aircraft.” Ike departed Naval Station Norfolk March 28, returning to sea for the first time since August 2017. The ship conducted the Sea Trials off the Virginia…

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Ike Returns to Sea Following Planned Incremental Availability

March 28, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) returned to sea March 28 following a scheduled planned incremental availability (PIA) during which the ship received innovative upgrades. One of the upgrades of note was the installation of the NULKA decoy system. “A disciplined and thoughtful approach to the basics brought us here,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer of seeing the ship get underway. “We’ve been training for this for quite some time and invested a tremendous amount of sweat along the way. The hard work every…

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Ike Completes Fast Cruise

March 27, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) successfully completed its five-day fast cruise, March 25, in another step toward returning to sea for the first time since July 2017. “The crew performed magnificently,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer. “Fast Cruise brought nearly 3,000 Sailors together for the first time in a long time, and demonstrated they can pull together and operate as one. I’m honored to be here and be a part of this extraordinary team. I could not be more proud of our Sailors…

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Ike Begins Planned Incremental Availability

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) began its six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, Sept. 17. “PIA gives us the opportunity to complete major ship alterations and improvements, as well as improve habitability for the crew, that cannot be normally completed in our short pierside availabilities at Norfolk,” said Lt. Cmdr. Julian Wilson, Ike’s ship maintenance manager. This restoration will be led by 12 ship’s force work production teams comprised of Ike crew members who will be working in tandem with personnel…

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Eisenhower Strike Group Completes First OFRP SUSTEX

April 13, 2017 – The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) completed the first sustainment exercise (SUSTEX) under the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP), April 11. Prior to OFRP, carrier strike groups disaggregated following deployment and did not reintegrate until the work up cycle for the next deployment. Under OFRP, the carrier strike group remains intact throughout the integrated and sustainment phases.  The sustainment phase includes pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment timelines, ensuring forces remain ready to deploy and surge if necessary. This maximizes the Navy’s forward presence with available…

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Eisenhower Strike Group Sustaining Readiness if Called Upon

April 10, 2017 – Approximately 6,000 Sailors from the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) are conducting a sustainment exercise (SUSTEX) to maintain their readiness and capability to deploy anywhere in the world on short notice should the need arise. “Ike CSG is doing a great job on SUSTEX. Sustaining the readiness of this strike group–so it is ready to respond to a crisis anywhere on the planet–is a bargain and an important part of what our Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan does for the nation,” said Adm. Phil Davidson,…

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Ike Completes 300,000th Arrested Landing

March 21, 2017 – When the crew of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) saw the ship’s first commanding officer, Capt. William Ramsey, make the first launch off the flight deck Sept. 15, 1977, few probably thought the 17th commanding officer would one day proudly announce the ship’s 300,000th successful arrested landing. On March 19, Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Spedero Jr. made that announcement. It gave the crew an impressive flat number, showing just how much the carrier has accomplished in the nearly 40 years since its…

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Ike Sustains Readiness Underway

February 6, 2017 – Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) departed Naval Station Norfolk to host pilots of the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 and several student pilots from Training Air Wings 1 and 2 to help them earn carrier qualifications, Feb. 4. This marked the first time Ike left Norfolk since returning from a seven-month deployment, Dec. 30, 2016, and the ship is currently in the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP). Sustainment phase contains a variety of evolutions designed to sustain…

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