USS Dwight D
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike
Group Enters Mediterranean Sea
From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S.
6th Fleet Public Affairs.
Mediterranean Sea — (NNS)
— June 13, 2016 — USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG)
entered the Mediterranean Sea June 13, in support of U.S. national security
interests in Europe.
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D.
Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the
Mediterranean Sea. Ike, the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is
conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support
of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
Ike CSG ships are the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet
initiative, which emphasizes use of energy conservation measures as a key combat
enabler to allow ships to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower.
Great Green Fleet operations in Europe will involve a
multi-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with units of the Italian Navy's Flotta
Verde. The PASSEX will highlight energy conservation operations and will involve
a refueling at sea (RAS) event, during which an Italian oiler will refuel Ike
CSG ships with advanced alternative fuel (F76 equivalent).
While the Ike CSG is involved in Great Green Fleet activities
and operations, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is also conducting
combat sorties from the Mediterranean in support of Operation Inherent Resolve,
demonstrating the mobility, flexibility and power projection capability of the
Navy's globally deployed force -- anytime, anywhere.
The presence of two carrier strike groups in the area of
operations demonstrate the U.S. commitment to safety and security in the region;
and provide a variety of multi-mission platforms, capable and ready for tasking.
Two CSGs also send a strong message of support to our allies and partners in
Europe, and demonstrate our ability to enable global operations that support
U.S. European Command as well as other combatant commands.
The Ike CSG consists of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D.
Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, guided-missile cruisers USS San
Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26
with associated guided-missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG
87), USS Nitze (DDG 94) and USS Stout (DDG 55).
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the
full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied,
joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and
security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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