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…

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Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group Commander Visits USS Dwight D Eisenhower

September 27, 2019 – Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group commander Commodore Mike Utley OBE RN and HMS Queen Elizabeth commander Capt. Steve Moorhouse OBE RN visited Carrier Strike Group Ten and the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Sept. 27. The Royal Navy senior officers were invited by CSG-10 and the IKE in order to gain a better…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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