USS Dwight D. Eisenhower with the USS George Washington in the Indian Ocean
|Laid down:||15 August 1970|
|Launched:||11 October 1975|
|Commissioned:||18 October 1977|
|Homeport:||NS Norfolk, Virginia|
|Motto:||I Like Ike|
|Fate:||Active in service as of 2008|
|Class and type:||Nimitz-class aircraft carrier|
|Displacement:||Approximately 97,000 tons (88,000 metric tons) full load|
|Length:||Overall: 1,092 ft (333 m)|
Waterline: 1,040 ft (317 m) Overall Length: 1,115 Feet
|Beam:||Overall: 252 ft (76. Description Propulsion Two Westinghouse A4W Nuclear reactors are used for propulsion (the ship is capable of steaming more than three million The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's Oceanic divisions covering about 20% of the water on the Earth 's surface Events 778 - The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1138 - A massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria. 1531 - Huldrych Zwingli is killed Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia, is a base of the United States Navy, supporting naval forces operating in the Atlantic Ocean, 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common General characteristics Builder Newport News Shipbuilding Company Newport News Virginia Power Plant Two A4W reactors An aircraft carrier is a Warship designed with 8 m)|
Waterline: 134 ft (40. 8 m)
|Draught:||Maximum navigational: 37 ft (11. 3 m)|
Limit: 41 ft (12. 5 m)
|Propulsion:||2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors|
4 × steam turbines
4 × shafts
260,000 shp (194 MW)
|Speed:||30+ knots (56+ km/h)|
|Complement:||Ship's company: 3,200|
Air wing: 2,480
|AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar|
AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar
AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar
2 × AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars
AN/SPN-43B air traffic control radar
AN/SPN-44 landing aid radars
4 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
4 × Mk 95 radars
|SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite|
SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
|Armament:||2 Sea Sparow & 2 RAM launchers|
|Aircraft carried:||90 fixed wing and helicopters|
USS Dwight D. For other uses see Westinghouse. The Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC is a multi-national nuclear technologies company a part of The A4W reactor is a naval reactor used by the United States Navy to provide Electricity generation and propulsion on Warships The A steam turbine is a mechanical device that extracts Thermal energy from pressurized Steam, and converts it into useful mechanical work 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 States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. General characteristics Builder Newport News Shipbuilding Company Newport News Virginia Power Plant Two A4W reactors This is about the warships For the television program see Supercarrier (TV series. The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14 1890 – March 28 1969 was President of the United States from 1953 until 1961 and a five-star general Originally, she was named Eisenhower, much like her sister, Nimitz. On May 25, 1970, the name was lengthened to Dwight D. Events 1085 - Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo Spain back from the Moors. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Eisenhower. On commissioning, Ike replaced the aged World War II-era carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in the fleet. Shakedown cruise Franklin D Roosevelt commissioned on 27 October 1945, with Captain A
On June 29, 1970, Newport News Shipbuilding of Newport News, Virginia was awarded the contract for construction. Events 512 - A Solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding ( NGS) formerly called Northrop Grumman Newport News ( NGNN) or Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Newport News is an Independent city in Virginia. It is at the south-western end of the Virginia Peninsula, on the north shore of the James River The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state On June 30, 1975, her designation was changed from CVAN-69 to CVN-69. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the Usurper Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
She was laid down as hull number 599 on August 15, 1970 at Newport News shipyard at a cost of $679 million ($4. Events 778 - The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 5 billion in 2007 dollars), launched October 11, 1975 after christening by Mamie Doud-Eisenhower, and commissioned October 18, 1977, Captain William E. Events 1138 - A massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria. 1531 - Huldrych Zwingli is killed Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (November 14 1896 – November 1 1979 was the wife of President Dwight D Events 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Ramsey in command. Ramsey was later promoted to Rear Admiral after commanding the Ike. Since her commissioning, Ike has had 13 Commanding Officers.
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. The United States Fleet Forces Command (USFLTFORCOM of the United States Navy is the part of the Navy responsible for operations in and around the Atlantic Ocean. In January of 1979 the Ike sailed for her first deployment to the Mediterranean Sea . 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 Station 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 Ocean, in response to the Iran hostage crisis. James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr (born October 1 1924 was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981 and the recipient of the 2002 The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's Oceanic divisions covering about 20% of the water on the Earth 's surface The Iran hostage crisis ( Persian: تصرف سفارت آمریکا was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States where 52 She relieved the USS Nimitz 3 days after the Iranian hostage rescue attempt. Ship's history The USS Nimitz was first deployed to the Mediterranean in 1976 in company with the nuclear powered Cruisers USS ''South Carolina''
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. The term applied to this is called "splicing the main brace. " 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. The Muppets are a group of Puppet characters created by Jim Henson. 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 Independence. 1960 – 1964 Independence operated off the Virginia Capes for the next year on training maneuvers and departed 4 August 1960 for her She returned home to Norfolk on December 22, 1980, just in time for her airwing and crew to celebrate Christmas with their families. Events 1790 - The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) 29 days after Ike's return home, the hostages were freed. In total, she has completed eight deployments, including two to the Indian Ocean 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 Roosevelt. Timeline Her history began on 30 September 1980 when a contract was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding.
On her third deployment in 1982, she returned to the Mediterranean Sea, 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.
After her fourth deployment Ike went into Newport News and Drydock in October 1985 for a major overhaul. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding ( NGS) formerly called Northrop Grumman Newport News ( NGNN) or Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company 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. A Close-in weapon system (CIWS is a naval shipboard Point-defense weapon for detecting and destroying incoming Anti-ship missiles and enemy aircraft The AIM-7 Sparrow is a medium-range Semi-active radar homing Air-to-air missile operated by the United States Air Force, United States Navy Semi-active radar homing, or SARH, is a common type of Missile guidance system perhaps the most common type for longer range air-to-air and Surface-to-air Naval Tactical Data System, commonly NTDS, refers to a computerized Information processing system developed by the United States Navy in the 1950s and first Anti-submarine warfare (ASW or in older form A/S is a branch of Naval warfare that uses surface Warships Aircraft, space craft or other Submarines Ike re-entered the fleet in April 1987.
During workup cruises in the fall of 1987, Ike stopped for liberty in Caracas, Venezuela, St. Caracas (kaˈɾakas is the Capital and largest city of Venezuela. Venezuela (ˌvɛnəˈzweɪlə) officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Spanish República Bolivariana de Venezuela) is a country on the Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and Montego Bay, Jamaica. See also Culture of the Virgin Islands Music of the Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Creole Montego Bay is the fourth largest city in Jamaica and is the location of Jamaica's largest airport the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport. Jamaica (ˈdʒəˈmeɪkə} is an Island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length and as much as in width situated in the Caribbean Sea.
On February 29, 1988, Ike started her fifth deployment to the Mediterranean. Leap years Although the modern calendar counts a year as 365 days a complete revolution around the sun takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) She stopped for liberty in Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Toulon, France; Marseille, France; Cannes, France; Naples, Italy; Livorno, Italy; Sigonella, Sicily, Italy; Antalya, Turkey; and Haifa, Israel. While returning to Norfolk, on August 29, 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. Events 708 - Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708) Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) 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 Fall 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 Beach. Normandy (Normandie Norman: Normaundie) is a geographical region corresponding to the former Duchy of Normandy. John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (born August 3, 1922 in Denver, Colorado) is a retired United States military officer and the author Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7 is a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Omaha Beach was the Code name for one of the principal landing points of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings
In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, Ike became the first carrier to conduct sustained operations in the Red Sea, and only the second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ever to transit the Suez Canal. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iraq topics. The Invasion of Kuwait, also known as the Iraq-Kuwait War, was a major conflict between the Republic of Iraq and the State of Kuwait which resulted The State of Kuwait ( دولة الكويت IPA [dawlatt̪ alkuwajt̪]) is a sovereign Arab Emirate on the coast of the Persian Gulf, enclosed The Red Sea is a Salt water Inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. The Suez Canal is a Canal in Egypt. Opened in 1869 it allows Water transportation between Europe and Asia without circumnavigation Ike served as a ready striking force in the event Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia, and participated in maritime interception operations in support of a United Nations embargo against Iraq. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KSA ( المملكة العربية السعودية, al-Mamlaka al-ʻArabiyya as-Suʻūdiyya) or Suudi The United Nations ( UN) is an International organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in International law, International security
After completion of an extensive shipyard period and work ups, Ike deployed September 26, 1991 to the Persian Gulf to continue multi-national operations with coalition forces in support of Operation Desert Storm. Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar dedicates a Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. The Persian Gulf, in the Southwest Asian region is an extension of the Ike returned to Norfolk April 2, 1992, and on January 12, 1993, entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for overhaul and conversion, returning to the fleet November 12, 1993. Norfolk is an Independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States Events 68 - Galba, Governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Events 475 - Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard and abbreviated as NNSY is a U Events 764 - Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar)
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-Prince to lead Operation Uphold Democracy, the U. PortAuPrinceTapTapjpg|right|thumb|270px|A taptap (shared taxi in central Port-au-Prince Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY ( September 19, 1994 – March 31, 1995) was a response to the overthrow and expulsion of the duly elected government S. -led effort to restore the elected government of Haiti. Haiti ( English: ˈheɪ·tiː or haɪ·ˈjiː·tiː French Haïti a·i·ti Haitian Creole:
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. Operation Southern Watch was an operation conducted by Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA with the mission of monitoring and controlling airspace Operation Deny Flight was NATO 's enforcement of the Bosnian No-fly zone which began April 12, 1993 and ended December 20, 1995 This deployment marked the first time that women had deployed as crew members of a U. S. Navy combatant. "Ike", Carrier Wing Three, and COMCRUDESGRU Eight team included more than 400 women.
Ike returned to Newport News Shipbuilding on July 17, 1995 for an 18-month complex overhaul which was completed on January 27, 1997. Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Events 98 - Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar The ship departed on her 10th deployment on June 10, 1998 and returned in December. Events 1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) 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.
Deploying in February 2000 and returning that August on the "Millennium Cruise," for the first time Ike's embarked aircraft dropped ordnance in combat while supporting Operation Southern Watch's No-Fly Zone over Iraq. The Iraqi no-fly zones are two separate No-fly zones (NFZs and were proclaimed by the United States, United Kingdom and France after the Ike returned on August 18. Events 293 BC - The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica.
On May 21, 2001, the Ike returned to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company(NNS&DDC) to begin a 4 year, $2. Events 878 - Syracuse Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. 5 billion overhaul. As well as replacing her two nuclear reactors with new cores, Eisenhower underwent complex renovations and major technological upgrades during its scheduled half-life overhaul. On January 25, 2005, Ike left NNS&DDC under her own power, and returned to Norfolk Naval Station, and the fleet. Events 41 - After a night of negotiation Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The modernizations are expected to extend the ship's service life well beyond 2025. 2025 ( MMXXV) will be a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian Calendar.
On 3 October 2006 with Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7), Eisenhower returned to sea as the flagship of Rear Admiral Allen G. Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Myers, commanding Carrier Strike Group 8. CSG-8 also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68), guided-missile destroyers Ramage (DDG-61) and Mason (DDG-87), and the fast-attack submarine Newport News (SSN-750). A cruiser is a large type of Warship, which had its prime period from the late 19th century to the end of the Cold War. In naval terminology a destroyer is a fast and maneuverable yet long-endurance Warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, Convoy Construction Ramage was constructed utilizing efficient modular shipbuilding techniques pioneered by Ingalls in the 1970s and enhanced in recent years through the development A submarine is a Watercraft that can operate independently below water as distinct from a Submersible that has only limited underwater capability History Construction The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News Virginia on  She visited Naples, Italy and then Limassol, Cyprus for three days in October 2006 before departing to the east. Limassol or Lemesos ( Greek: Λεμεσός, Lemesos; Turkish: Limasol, alt Cyprus (Κύπρος transliterated: Kýpros,; Kıbrıs officially the Republic of Cyprus (Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία Kypriakī́ Dīmokratía Ike entered the Persian Gulf in December 2006. The Persian Gulf, in the Southwest Asian region is an extension of the 
On January 8, 2007, a US AC-130 gunship based out of Djibouti was dispatched to target Al-Qaeda operatives located in Somalia. Events 871 - Battle of Ashdown - Ethelred of Wessex defeats a Danish invasion army Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Lockheed AC-130 Gunship is a heavily-armed ground attack airplane Djibouti ( جيبوتي Jībūtī, Somali: Jabuuti) officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country in the Al-Qaeda, alternatively spelled al-Qaida, al-Qa`ida or al-Qa`idah, ( Arabic:; ar-Latn ''al-qāʿidah'' Translation: The Somalia ( Soomaaliya; الصومال) officially the Somali Republic ( Jamhuuriyadda Soomaaliya, جمهورية الصومال) and formerly known 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 Bahrain-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. The Kingdom of Bahrain (in مملكة البحرين,, literally Kingdom of the Two Seas) is an Island country in the Persian Gulf US ships of Combined Task Force 150 include the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52). Characteristics The Arleigh Burke class are among the largest and most powerful destroyers ever built both larger and more heavily armed than many previous cruisers Construction Ramage was constructed utilizing efficient modular shipbuilding techniques pioneered by Ingalls in the 1970s and enhanced in recent years through the development Vertical Launching System See also Vertical Launching System In addition to the added Radar capability the Ticonderoga class built after the In Fiction Bunker Hill was featured in Tom Clancy 's 1986 novel Red Storm Rising.  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 Iranian coastline. Iranian military personnel seized 15 Royal Navy personnel during 2007 and held them for 12 days A wargame is a Game that simulates or represents a Military operation. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. In April 2007, the USS Eisenhower was relieved by the USS Nimitz, who will assume the air support missions in the Iraqi theater. Ship's history The USS Nimitz was first deployed to the Mediterranean in 1976 in company with the nuclear powered Cruisers USS ''South Carolina'' 
In May 2007, she was seen near the city of Lisbon in Portugal. Lisbon (Lisboa liʒˈboɐ is the Capital and largest city of Portugal. Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (República Portuguesa is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. A total of 70 sailors were involved in charitable work. The volunteer projects were organized by the US Embassy in Lisbon.
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is part of Carrier Strike Group 8 (CSG-8) with Carrier Air Wing 7 embarked, with the Ike as the flagship of the battle group and is the home of the commander of Destroyer Squadron 28. A Carrier Strike Group (CSG is the United States Navy term that replaces Carrier Battle Group. Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7 is a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. DESRON is the United States Navy abbreviation for Destroyer Squadron.
Ike has earned a number of awards, including the Battle "E" in 1979, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2006 as the most battle efficient carrier in the Atlantic Fleet. History She was launched on 13 November 2004 at Bath Iron Works, Bath Maine, sponsored by Susan Bainbridge Hay Commodore William Bainbridge 's great-great-great-granddaughter History Barry was commissioned into the US Atlantic Fleet on 12 December 1992 and was placed under the command of Commander Gary Roughead. Strike Fighter Squadron 103 (the Jolly Rogers is a Strike Fighter Squadron of the United States Navy flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet and is based at Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143 also known as the "Pukin Dogs" are a United States Navy strike fighter squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Strike Fighter Squadron 131 (VFA-131 also known as the "Wildcats" is a United States Navy F/A-18C Hornet fighter squadron stationed at Naval Strike Fighter Squadron 83 (VFA-83 also known as the "Rampagers" are a United States Navy F/A-18C Hornet fighter squadron stationed at Naval VAQ-140 is a US Navy electronic attack squadron Known as the Patriots the squadron operates the EA-6B Prowler carrier-based Electronic warfare jet aircraft VAW-125, known as the “ Torch Bearers ” or “ Tigertails,” was commissioned on October 1 1968 at Naval Air Station Norfolk. The Battle Efficiency Award, commonly known as the Battle "E" is awarded annually to the small number of U In 1999, she won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet. The Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award is presented annually by the U She was awarded The Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal (1980), the Meritorious Unit Commendation (1990, 1992, 1995, 2001) and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (1980, 1983). Ike also won the Atlantic Fleet Retention Excellence Award (aka the Golden Anchor Award) in 1999.