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U.S.S. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

(CVN-69)

I LIKE IKE

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A Nimitz-class supercarrier, the Dwight D. Eisenhower, or Ike, was commissioned in 1977 in Newport News, Virginia. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, she was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea.

Service Highlights and some Lowlights

Ike participated in the following operations since her first deployment:

  • Response to the Iran hostage crisis
  • Eight deployments and one of the longest peacetime deployment
  • Collided with a Spanish coal ship that was anchored in the harbor while trying to dock at Norfolk Naval Station
  • Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm
  • Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti
  • Operation Southern Watch and Deny Flight
  • Deployed in 2007 to cover those striking Al-Qaeda targets with ships from the Task Force countries
  • Battle group exercises off the coast of Iran
  • Deployed to the Arabian Sea to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
  • Anti-piracy operations

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards

Ike has earned several awards and honors over the duration of her service:

  • Battle “E” eight times to signify battle efficiency
  • Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award
  • Navy Unit Commendations twice
  • Navy Expeditionary Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal

Atlantic Fleet Retention Excellence Award

CVN-69 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN1975-JAN2019Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
OCT1975-OCT1975Christening and Launch
JAN1976-DEC1978Commisioning
JAN1976-JAN1985Antarctic Circle
APR1977-APR1977Move Aboard
JUL1977-JUL1977In Service
JUL1977-AUG1977Sea Trials
SEP1977-SEP1977Dependents Cruise
SEP1977-SEP1977First UnRep
SEP1977-SEP1977Turnover and Acceptance
OCT1977-OCT1977Commisioning
OCT1977-OCT1977Commisioning
NOV1977-NOV1977Guantanamo Bay
MAR1978-MAR1978The President visits IKE
AUG1978-AUG1978Guantanamo Bay
NOV1978-DEC1978Gulf - Ex '79
JAN1979-JUL1979Mediterranean
JAN1979-FEB1979Guantanamo Bay
JAN1979-JUL1979Ike did not cross the equator on the Jan to Jul 79 cruise
FEB1979-FEB1979Change of Command
FEB1979-FEB1979Port visit Naples Italy
MAR1979-MAR1979Port visit Venice Italy
APR1979-APR1979Port visit Athens Greece
MAY1979-Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1979-JUN1979Port visit Lisbon Portugal
MAY1979-MAY1979Port visit Haifa Israel
MAY1979-Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1979 - Indian Ocean
JUN1979-JUN1979Port visit Naples Italy
JUL1979-FEB1980Mediterranean
JAN1980-FEB1980Guantanamo Bay
MAR1980-DEC1980GONZO STATION DEPARTURE & RETURN
APR1980-Shellback Initiation - 15 APR 1980 - Indian Ocean
APR1980-Shellback Initiation - 15 APR 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1980-DEC1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1980-Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1980 - Indian Ocean
JUN1980-Shellback Initiation - 16 JUN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1980-JUL1980Singapore
JUL1980-DEC1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL1980-JUL1980Beer served on the Hangar Deck
AUG1980-AUG1980Miss America visits IKE
OCT1980-OCT1980Beer served
NOV1980-NOV1980Beer Served
DEC1980-Shellback Initiation - 15 DEC 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1980-DEC1980Moored Pier 12
SEP1981-SEP1981Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR1982-SEP1982Mediterranean
APR1983-NOV1983Mediterranean
SEP1984-MAR1985Mediterranean
OCT1984-JUL1985Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1984-MAY1985Mediterranean
OCT1984-MAY1985Mediterranean
MAY1985-JUL1985Mediterranean-Lebanon
FEB1988-AUG1988Mediterranean
MAR1990-SEP1990Mediterranean
SEP1991-APR1992Desert Shield
SEP1991-APR1992Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1991-APR1992Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR1992- Shellback Initiation - 21 MAR 1992 - Indian Ocean
MAY1992- Shellback Initiation - 21 MAY 1992 - Indian Ocean
AUG1994-SEP1994Haiti deployment of Army to Port au-Prince
OCT1994-APR1995Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1994-OCT1994President Clinton visited
JUN1998-DEC1998Mediterranean
FEB2000-AUG2000Mediterranean
JUN2005-JUL2006Mediterranean
OCT2006-APR2007Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB2007- Shellback Initiation - 1 FEB 2007 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB2007-Shellback Initiation - 17 FEB 2007 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN2010-JUL2010Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP2010-MAY2011Regular Overhaul
MAR2011-DEC2011Caribbean
JUN2012-DEC2012Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB2013-JUL2013Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN2016-DEC2016Operation Inherent Resolve
JAN2017-DEC2017Dry Dock

CVN-69 General Specifications

Class: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

Displacement: 101600 tons

Length: 1092 feet

Beam: 252 ft max.; 134 ft at waterlne

Draft: 37 ft

Power Plant: Two (2) nuclear reactors / four (4) sets of turbines / four (4) shafts

Propellers: Four (4) - Each 25 ft dia.

Flank Speed: over 30 knots

Range: Unlimited - Refueled at approx. 25 years of service

Ships Company: approx 3200 Officers and Enlisted

Carrier Air Wing:
- 7 Fixed Wing Squadrons
- 1 Helicoper Squadron
- approx. 2400 Officers and Enlisted