Per reports, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower’s departure from the Naval Station Norfolk was delayed as authorities wanted to ensure it was in perfect condition and readiness when she joined the other units from the strike group, said Cmdr. Lara Bollinger, public affairs officer for the U.S. Second Fleet.
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The U.S Navy has not specified when the aircraft carrier will depart for its deployment to the Mediterranean, which has long been scheduled for this week.
Eisenhower is the flagship of the Ike carrier strike group, which is a force of over 5,000 sailors. USS Gravely and USS Philippine, also part of the strike group, deployed on Friday without delays.
Rear Adm. Marc Miguez, commander of the strike group, said, “While I cannot discuss specific future operations in force, I can tell you that we are eager to operate with our allies and partners across the entire AOR (area of responsibility).”
Eisenhower completed its deployments in July 2021, with the first one which kept it at sea for 7 months without a single port call during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also began a 15-month maintenance period from August 2021 to December 2022.
After that, it engaged in many training exercises to prepare for its deployment in late 2023. In July, the composite training unit exercise, which is the final certification required for the deployment, was successfully completed by the strike group.
References: pilotline, 13newsnow
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