USS Dwight D. Eisenhower's departure from Naval Station Norfolk was delayed for thorough checks, ensuring perfect condition.
The U.S. Navy hasn't specified the departure date for Eisenhower's deployment to the Mediterranean, scheduled for this week.
Eisenhower is the flagship of the Ike carrier strike group, comprising over 5,000 sailors.
USS Gravely and USS Philippine, also part of the strike group, deployed without delays on Friday.
Eisenhower concluded its last deployment in July 2021, after a 7-month sea period with no port calls during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Subsequently, from August 2021 to December 2022, Eisenhower underwent a 15-month maintenance period.
Post-maintenance, it engaged in various training exercises to prepare for the scheduled late 2023 deployment.
The delayed departure signifies the importance of ensuring Eisenhower's optimal readiness as it joins other units in the strike group for upcoming operations.