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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

Add a CVN-69 Shellback Initiation Add a CVN-69 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1975 - OCT 1975 Christening and Launch
JAN 1976 - DEC 1978 Commisioning
JAN 1976 - JAN 1985 Antartic Circle
APR 1977 - APR 1977 Move Aboard
JUL 1977 - JUL 1977 In Service
JUL 1977 - AUG 1977 Sea Trials
SEP 1977 - SEP 1977 Turnover and Acceptance
SEP 1977 - SEP 1977 First UnRep
SEP 1977 - SEP 1977 Dependents Cruise
OCT 1977 - OCT 1977 Commisioning
OCT 1977 - OCT 1977 Commisioning
NOV 1977 - NOV 1977 Guantanamo Bay
MAR 1978 - MAR 1978 The President visits IKE
AUG 1978 - AUG 1978 Guantanamo Bay
NOV 1978 - DEC 1978 Gulf - Ex '79
JAN 1979 - JUL 1979 Mediterranean
JAN 1979 - FEB 1979 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1979 - JUL 1979 Ike did not cross the equator on the Jan to Jul 79 cruise
FEB 1979 - FEB 1979 Change of Command
FEB 1979 - FEB 1979 Port visit Naples Italy
MAR 1979 - MAR 1979 Port visit Venice Italy
APR 1979 - APR 1979 Port visit Athens Greece
MAY 1979 - JUN 1979 Port visit Lisbon Portugal
MAY 1979 - MAY 1979 Port visit Haifa Israel
MAY 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1979 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1979 - JUN 1979 Port visit Naples Italy
JUL 1979 - FEB 1980 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - FEB 1980 Guantanamo Bay
MAR 1980 - DEC 1980 GONZO STATION DEPARTURE & RETURN
APR 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 15 APR 1980 - Indian Ocean
APR 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 15 APR 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1980 - DEC 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1980 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 16 JUN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1980 - JUL 1980 Singapore
JUL 1980 - DEC 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1980 - JUL 1980 Beer served on the Hangar Deck
AUG 1980 - AUG 1980 Miss America visits IKE
OCT 1980 - OCT 1980 Beer served
NOV 1980 - NOV 1980 Beer Served
DEC 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 15 DEC 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1980 - DEC 1980 Moored Pier 12
SEP 1981 - SEP 1981 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAR 1982 - SEP 1982 Mediterranean
APR 1983 - NOV 1983 Mediterranean
SEP 1984 - MAR 1985 Mediterranean
OCT 1984 - MAY 1985 Mediterranean
OCT 1984 - MAY 1985 Mediterranean
OCT 1984 - JUL 1985 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY 1985 - JUL 1985 Mediterranean-Lebanon
FEB 1988 - AUG 1988 Mediterranean
MAR 1990 - SEP 1990 Mediterranean
SEP 1991 - APR 1992 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
SEP 1991 - APR 1992 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1994 - SEP 1994 Haiti deployment of Army to Port au-Prince
OCT 1994 - APR 1995 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1998 - DEC 1998 Mediterranean
FEB 2000 - AUG 2000 Mediterranean
JUN 2005 - JUL 2006 Mediterranean
OCT 2006 - APR 2007 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 2007 - Shellback Initiation - 17 FEB 2007 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 2011 - DEC 2011 Caribbean
JAN 2017 - DEC 2017 Dry 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