Dwight D. Eisenhower
Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
From USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Arabian Gulf — July 22, 2016 — (NNS)
— Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), with embarked
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, began missions in support of Operation Inherent
Resolve (OIR) from the Arabian Gulf, July 22.
Super Hornet to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Alongside the 19-nation air coalition, the U.S. Navy is
committed to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and
helping set the conditions for improved security and stability in the region.
The primary focus of the carrier strike group (CSG) in the region is to
dismantle and roll back terrorist networks in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere and to
ensure free flow of commerce.
The arrival into the Arabian Gulf marks Ike's ninth combat
operations deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
"Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group last operated in the Arabian
Gulf in 2013," said Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson, Ike CSG commander. "We continue our
longstanding commitment to this region and accelerating the fight against ISIL."
Between June 28 and July 8, CVW-3 completed a total of 116
sorties from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of OIR.
Aviation Ordnancemen load ordnance in preparation for a mission
in support of Operation Inherent Resolve
"The efforts of the 'Ike-Battle Axe' team have and will
continue to be instrumental in the fight against ISIL," said Capt. Jeffrey
Anderson, commander, CVW-3.
CVW-3 includes Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 "Swordsmen,"
VFA 86 "Sidewinders," VFA 105 "Gunslingers," and VFA 131 "Wildcats;" Tactical
Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 130 "Zappers;" Carrier Airborne Early Warning
Squadron (VAW) 123 "Screwtops;" Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 "Rawhides;"
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 "Swamp Foxes;" and Helicopter Sea
Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 "Dusty Dogs."
Aviation Ordnancemen load ordnance into an F/A-18E Super Hornet
Ike CSG is the first CSG to deploy under the new optimized
fleet response plan (OFRP), a cross-community collaboration effort to better
prepare the fleet in meeting combatant commander needs without straining the
ships, aircraft and Sailors. It is also the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet
for the second half of 2016, an initiative that demonstrates efforts to
transform energy use and highlight it as a strategic resource.
Ike CSG is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve,
maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the
U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
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