Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Deploys


Story Number: NNS130221-26Release Date: 2/21/2013 4:23:00 PM
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From Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG), with nearly 4,500 Sailors, deployed from Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Feb. 21, to support operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleets.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), commanded by Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, along with German Frigate FGS Hamburg (F220), commanded by Commander Ralf Kuchler, departed from Naval Station Norfolk, and the guided missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), commanded by Capt. Dan Uhls, from Naval Station Mayport.

Eisenhower returned three months earlier than previously scheduled in order to resurface its flight deck prior to a planned redeployment. The IKECSG is redeploying to support carrier strike group presence requirements in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations. Working with allied and partner maritime forces, the IKECSG Sailors will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

"This strike group is tested and always ready for the next mission," said Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, CSG 8 commander. "I'm proud of the versatility and flexibility of every Sailor in this strike group. They have proven that we can meet all tasks set out for us by our fleet commanders. I look forward to once again playing a part in ensuring the security of international waterways and building partnerships around the world."

For this deployment, IKECSG is comprised of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN69), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, German Frigate FGS Hamburg (F220) and USS Hue City (CG 66). Aircraft squadrons of CVW-7 include strike fighter squadrons VFA-143 "Pukin Dogs," VFA-131 "Wildcats," VFA-83 "Rampagers" and VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers," tactical electronics warfare squadron VAQ-140 "Patriots," carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW-121 "Bluetails," Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-40 "Rawhides" and helicopter anti-submarine squadron HS-5 "Nightdippers."

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

STORY COMMENTS7 COMMENTS
3/15/2013 4:40:00 AM
god speed to to all the men and women on ike may you have a safe deployment best wishes to my grandson Lt Craig Searles of the Rampagers squadron.

3/14/2013 8:55:00 PM
God Bless our Sailors and all who fight and are willing to die for our Freedom-I wish though the President can realize this and leave our Militarys budget alone, God Bless our Country, and watch over our past,present and future Veterans,

3/7/2013 10:56:00 AM
To my son Kyle Boucher, God bless you and your shipmates! I wish you all a safe return to our beloved USA!!! Go Navy The Bouchers

2/25/2013 1:24:00 PM
May God Bless and Keep each one of you under His WING...

2/22/2013 8:40:00 PM
God's speed and a safe return

2/22/2013 6:20:00 PM
To all the brave men and women serving, this Navy family cannot thank you enough for your service and sacrifice. And to our "son" Jay Gudger, we are VERY PROUD of you! Fair winds and following seas! We will be in touch while you are gone!

2/21/2013 8:20:00 PM
we love you Hue City, God Bless You! Thank you for your service!

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Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) man the rails as the ship approaches Naval Station Norfolk.
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