MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) launched its first air strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, June 28.
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), conducted strikes against the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson, Ike CSG commander, said the strikes are vital to support counter-terrorism efforts in the region.
"The superb efforts made by the men and women of this crew will be critical to continuing this fight," Wilson said. "Ike CSG brings a flexible, mobile and lethal multi-mission capable force to work with our allies and partner nations to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to the region and wider international community."
The CVW-3 aircraft flying from Ike in the Eastern Mediterranean joined aircraft flying missions from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the 5th Fleet area of operations.
"Our current position gives more flexibility with our mission," said Capt. Jeffrey Anderson, commander, CVW 3. "It allows the air wing to fly sorties to support the ongoing effort to dismantle and roll back terrorist networks in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere."
Wilson credited the carrier strike group's readiness on the extensive training cycle leading up to deployment and the optimized fleet response plan (OFRP) process of generating ready forces.
"This is why we train and deploy," Wilson said. "We're ready to support the mission wherever and whenever we're needed. We have a crew of highly-trained, warfighting professionals ready for this mission and with the support of our family and friends back home; I know we, along with our other regional and coalition partners, will be successful."
Ike CSG is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
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