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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), nicknamed "Ike", is the second of 10 Nimitz-class supercarriers in the United States Navy, named after the thirty-fourth President of the United Statesmarker, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Originally, she was named Eisenhower, much like her sister, Nimitz. On 25 May 1970, the name was lengthened to Dwight D. Eisenhower. On commissioning, Ike replaced the aged World War II-era carrier in the fleet.


On 29 June 1970, Newport News Shipbuildingmarker of Newport Newsmarker, Virginiamarker was awarded the contract for construction. On 30 June 1975, her designation was changed from CVAN-69 to CVN-69.

She was laid down as hull number 599 on 15 August 1970 at Newport News shipyard at a cost of $679 million ($4.5 billion in 2007 dollars), launched 11 October 1975 after christening by Mamie Doud-Eisenhower, and commissioned 18 October 1977, Captain William E. Ramsey in command. Ramsey was later promoted to Rear Admiral after commanding the Ike. Since her commissioning, Ike has had 13 Commanding Officers.

Early deployments

Ike was initially assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and after receiving over a year of training, in Spring of 1978 the Ike was visited by President Jimmy Carter who hit a golf ball off the flight deck into the Atlantic Ocean. In January 1979 the Ike sailed for her first deployment to the Mediterranean Seamarker . During this deployment, while off the coast of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Manachem Begin visited the Ike and was given an "air show" demonstrating the Eisenhower's superior aircraft capabilities and firepower. She returned to Norfolk Naval Stationmarker in July of the same year. Under the command of her second Commanding Officer, Captain James H. Mauldin, her second deployment occurred in 1980, when she was dispatched by President Carter to the Indian Oceanmarker, in response to the Iran hostage crisis. She relieved the USS Nimitz 3 days after the Iranian hostage rescue attempt.

As a result of the tensions in the area, Ike stayed on station off the coast of Iran for over 8 months, and was at sea for a total of 254 days. During that period, Sailors and Marines enjoyed 2 beers (1 time) after 45 days without a port call. As a result of being at sea for 154 days, they subsequently enjoyed this on two more occasions. This was the first legal consumption of alcohol by US Sailors while underway aboard a US Navy vessel in decades.

Sailors on the Ike affectionately dubbed the areas they patrolled in the Indian Ocean as "Gonzo" and "Kermit" station, after the popular Muppets characters. At one point, she spent 152 days (or 5½ months) at sea without a port call, a new record. She was relieved by the USS Independencemarker. She returned home to Norfolk on 22 December 1980, just in time for her airwing and crew to celebrate Christmas with their families. 29 days after Ike's return home, the hostages were freed. In total, she has completed eight deployments, including two to the Indian Oceanmarker in 1980 and 1991.

For over 20 years, she held the record for the longest peacetime deployment for an aircraft carrier in history. Prior to this, her sister ship, the USS Nimitz, was the previous record holder. Eisenhower's record was broken by another of her "sister ships," the USS Theodore Rooseveltmarker.

On her third deployment in 1982, she returned to the Mediterranean Seamarker, and spent a number of days at sea once again. Her new Commanding Officer was Captain E.W. Clexton, who was formerly her Executive Officer several years earlier under Captain W.E. Ramsey.

Overhaul and subsequent deployments

After her fourth deployment Ike went into Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydockmarker in October 1985 for a major overhaul. The 18-month yard period included the addition of the Close-in Weapons System, NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System, Naval Tactical Data System, anti-submarine warfare module, communications upgrades and rehabilitation of 1,831 berths in 25 compartments. Ike re-entered the fleet in April 1987.

During workup cruises in the fall of 1987, Ike stopped for liberty in Caracasmarker, Venezuelamarker, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and Montego Baymarker, Jamaicamarker.

On 29 February 1988, Ike started her fifth deployment to the Mediterranean. She stopped for liberty in Palma De Mallorca, Spainmarker; Toulon, Francemarker; Marseille, France; Cannes, France; Naples, Italymarker; Livorno, Italy; Sigonella, Sicily, Italy; Antalya, Turkeymarker; and Haifa, Israelmarker. While returning to Norfolk, on 29 August 1988, she collided with an anchored Spanish coal ship while entering the harbor to dock at Norfolk Naval Station when wind and currents pushed the carrier off course. Damage was minor to both ships. The commanding officer, Captain Gary Beck was relieved of duty a month later.

Ike entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Portsmouth, VA) in September 1988, she returned to the fleet in April 1989. During two of the work-up cruises in late 1989, Ike stopped for liberty in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In 1990, Ike completed her sixth Mediterranean deployment. The deployment became a commemorative event in the worldwide 'Dwight D. Eisenhower Centennial,' celebrating the 100th anniversary of the late president's birth. During D-Day anniversary ceremonies off the coast of Normandy, President Eisenhower's son John Eisenhower and D-Day veterans embarked in the ship, while Carrier Air Wing Seven conducted a memorial flyover of the American cemetery at Omaha Beachmarker.

Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

In response to Iraqmarker's invasion of Kuwaitmarker, Ike became the first carrier to conduct sustained operations in the Red Seamarker, and only the second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ever to transit the Suez Canalmarker. Ike served as a ready striking force in the event Iraq invaded Saudi Arabiamarker, and participated in maritime interception operations in support of a United Nations embargo against Iraq.

After completion of an extensive shipyard period and work ups, Ike deployed 26 September 1991 to the Persian Gulfmarker to continue multi-national operations with coalition forces in support of Operation Desert Storm. Ike returned to Norfolkmarker 2 April 1992, and on 12 January 1993, entered Norfolk Naval Shipyardmarker for overhaul and conversion, returning to the fleet 12 November 1993.

Deployment to Haiti

In September 1994, Ike and elements of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division first tested the concept of adaptive force packaging. The division's soldiers and equipment were loaded on board, and the Ike Army/Navy team headed for Port-au-Princemarker to lead Operation Uphold Democracy, the U.S.-led effort to restore the elected government of Haitimarker.

One month later, in October 1994, Ike departed for a six-month deployment which included flying missions in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Deny Flight. This deployment marked the first time that women had deployed as crew members of a U.S. Navy combatant. The Ike, Carrier Air Wing Three, and COMCRUDESGRU Eight team included more than 400 women. The integration of women caused some negative headlines for the Navy. During the deployment, 15 women serving aboard had to be reassigned ashore due to pregnancy, earning the ship the nickname The Love Boat. There was also a case of a sailor who filmed himself having sex with a female.

1995 Refit

Ike returned to Newport News Shipbuilding on 17 July 1995 for an 18-month complex overhaul which was completed on 27 January 1997. During this refitting, the popular game show Wheel of Fortune taped several weeks' worth of shows upon the boat for its twelfth season. The ship departed on her 10th deployment on 10 June 1998 and returned in December. In February 1999, Ike returned to the Norfolk Navy Shipyard for a six-month refitting and returned to the fleet in June. Upon completion in June 1999, she returned to full duty in the fleet.

Further service in the Persian Gulf

Deploying in February 2000 and returning that August on the "Millennium Cruise," for the first time Ike's embarked aircraft dropped ordance in combat while supporting Operation Southern Watch's No-Fly Zone over Iraq. Ike returned on 18 August.

2001 Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH)

On 21 May 2001, the Ike returned to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company(NNS&DDC) to begin a 4 year, $2.5 billion refueling and complex overhaul. As addition to replacing the nuclear cores in the two nuclear reactors with new cores, Eisenhower underwent complex renovations and major technological upgrades during its scheduled half-life overhaul. On 25 January 2005, Ike left NNS&DDC under tow, and returned to Norfolk Naval Station, and the fleet. The modernizations are expected to extend the ship's service life well beyond 2025.

2006-2007 Persian Gulf / Indian Ocean Deployment

On 3 October 2006 with Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7), Eisenhower returned to sea as the flagship of Rear Admiral Allen G. Myers, commanding Carrier Strike Group 8. CSG-8 also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio , guided-missile destroyers Ramage and Mason , and the fast-attack submarine Newport News . She visited Naples, Italy and then Limassolmarker, Cyprusmarker for three days in October 2006 before departing to the east. Ike entered the Persian Gulfmarker in December 2006.

On 8 January 2007, a US AC-130 gunship based out of Djiboutimarker was dispatched to target Al-Qaeda operatives located in Somaliamarker. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower "was deployed in the Indian Ocean to provide air cover for the operation and, if needed, to evacuate downed airmen and other casualties." It joined other US and allied vessels from Bahrainmarker-based Combined Task Force 150 The US spokesperson did not say what particular ships comprised the cordon, but the task force includes vessels from Canada, France, Germany, Pakistan, the UK and the US. US ships of Combined Task Force 150 include the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ramage and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Bunker Hill . The aim of the patrols is to "... stop SICC leaders or foreign militant supporters escaping" Somalia.

In March 2007, following the Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel, Eisenhower began battle group exercises off the Iranianmarker coastline.In April 2007, the USS Eisenhower was relieved by the USS Nimitz, who will assume the air support missions in the Iraqi theater.

In May 2007, she was seen near the city of Lisbonmarker in Portugalmarker. A total of 70 sailors were involved in charitable work. The volunteer projects were organized by the US Embassy in Lisbon.


On 4 October 2008 Eisenhower sailor Robert Lemar Robinson was killed on the ship during training exercises off the coast of North Carolina. The sailor was killed after being struck by an airplane at 8:15 p.m. on the carrier's flight deck.


On 21 February 2009, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower deployed for the Arabian Sea and environs rotating into the forward-deployed forces there. The "Ike" served as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 8 commanded by Rear Admiral Kurt W. Tidd. Also embarked were Carrier Air Wing 7 and the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28. Other ships of Strike Group 8 were , , , , and . In addition to supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, the strike group conducted maritime security operations including anti-piracy operations. On 16 May, Ike became the first Nimitz class carrier to dock pierside in Manama, Bahrainmarker. The last carrier to moor pierside in Bahrain was USS Rendova in 1948. On 30 July 2009, the Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after almost a six month deployment.


Ike has earned a number of awards, including the Battle "E" in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2006 as the most battle efficient carrier in the Atlantic Fleet. In 1999, she won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet. In addition, she was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation with service star (1980, 1983); the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with three service stars (1990, 1992, 1995, 2001); the Navy Expeditionary Medal (1980), the National Defense Service Medal with service star; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with three service stars (1983, 1994, 1998, 2000); and Southwest Asia Service Medal with two campaign stars. Ike also won the Atlantic Fleet Retention Excellence Award (aka the Golden Anchor Award) in 1999.

See also


  2. Bloomberg News
  3. Washington, Jim, "Sailor On Board Eisenhower Killed During Training", Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 5 October 2008

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