Ike Strike Group Deploys


Story Number: NNS100102-06Release Date: 1/2/2010 2:44:00 PM
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From USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) deployed Jan. 2 for a six-month deployment in support of 5th and 6th Fleet operations.

IKE CSG is made up of Commander, CSG 8; the aircraft carrier IKE, homeported in Norfolk, Va.; Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW) 7; Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28; the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), homeported in Norfolk; and the Mayport, Fla.-based ships, guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) and guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS Farragut (DDG 99).

IKE CSG missions focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts that help establish conditions for regional stability.

"I'm extremely proud of the men and women of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group," said Rear Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of IKE CSG. "They've exceeded all expectations in a very short amount of turnaround time. We are ready to go over the horizon and support the troops on the ground in Afghanistan, support the nation's Maritime Strategy, and protect our nation's interests."

The deployment is part of an on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.

IKE CSG consists of approximately 6,000 Sailors who, over the last four months, have successfully completed refresher training and certifications to ensure they operate effectively and safely together.

"IKE returned from a successful combat deployment last summer. We spent most of November (2009) at sea training during a challenging Composite Training Unit Exercise, and we spent December (2009) making sure the ship, our Sailors and our families are ready for this deployment. This is an amazing ship, but what's even more amazing are the young Americans who bring it to life," said Capt. Dee Mewbourne, IKE's commanding officer.

For more news from IKE CSG and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn69/.

STORY COMMENTS17 COMMENTS
1/26/2010 6:04:00 PM
Our son is with the USS Farragut and we are hoping for a successful and safe deployment. Thank you to all the service men and women for all that you do!!! God bless each and every one !!!

1/11/2010 1:27:00 PM
My daughter is on the USS Farragut and we are so proud of her and all the sailors in this strike group. Words cannot express our gratitude for your hard work and dedication and we anxiously await your safe return. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

1/10/2010 8:00:00 AM
I am proud of the men and women in the Ike, specially my son who also deploy on Jan 2nd.. I was there to see him off that day from Hawthorne Fl. We here at Eden Baptist church are praying for all of you for a safe journey and return... On my return to work one of my coworkers congradulated the Ike for a job well done after it departed for saving a boater, something I was unaware of so you see they are on the right path,,GOD BLESS YOU ALL...

1/8/2010 5:13:00 AM
May God Bless all aboard the Ike! We are so proud of you all and anxiously await your safe return.

1/7/2010 11:01:00 AM
May God watch and protect all of the sailors aboard the Ike. Proud to say my hubby is aboard and serving this great country.

1/7/2010 10:41:00 AM
Our daughter is serving her second deployment on the IKE. We are so very proud of her and all the troops that serve and protect this great country. May God protect you all and watch over you! Hurry home the fishing here in Missouri will be going great!Tyler T and Addie miss you!

1/6/2010 2:54:00 PM
Our son is aboard the Eisenhower, may all who sail with her be protected and a safe journey. Mom, Dad all sisters and nieces and nephews
1/6/2010 -- Response From USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Thank you everybody for all support! It makes it a lot easier to do our job when we know our family and friends are thinking of us! Check back at navy.mil and search "Eisenhower" in the photos throughout the deployment to see pictures of everything that goes on during the deployment.

1/6/2010 8:27:00 AM
I love you Kasey for all that you do for our country and the support that you are providing on the war against terrorism, while being stationed on the Ike. Keep your head up and remember the reasons that your doing this. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God protect you and all of your shipmates during this deployment!

1/5/2010 7:21:00 PM
Our son is serving on the USS Farragut and we are so proud of him for his dedication and service to our country. We love him so much and pray for a safe and productive deployment as well as a quick return home. God bless all our service men and women!

1/5/2010 12:33:00 PM
that is not fog...it is sea smoke...caused by the difference between the temperature of the water and the air temperature.

1/4/2010 10:43:00 PM
God speed and safe seas to all in the strike force. Your efforts and dedication are a blessing and comfort to us at home. We are so proud of all that you do. For the sailors on board the Farragut you're in good hands.

1/4/2010 6:47:00 PM
i want to thank all the men and women serving our country. And to my son, who is on the U.S.S McFaul on the IKE. Be safe and come home. I love you ! God bless each one of you !

1/4/2010 5:37:00 PM
godspeed and may the good lord watch over all the mariners.

1/4/2010 1:48:00 PM
HOOYAH CARNEY WARRIORS...

1/4/2010 10:34:00 AM
Our son is with the USS Farragut and we are hoping for a successful and safe deployment. Thank you to all the service men and women for all that you do!!! We will be waiting for you when you return home.

1/3/2010 8:55:00 PM
May everyone in the stike group be safe and return home quickly! My brother is with the USS Carney and we are hoping for a successful and safe deployment. Best wishes to everyone. Thank you to all the service men and women for all that you do!!!

1/3/2010 7:27:00 PM
Thanks to all the men and women onboard the IKE for keeping us safe. Godspeed and a safe return. Our prayers are with you.

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