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Published:December 13th, 2006 08:43 EST
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Arrives in Persian Gulf

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Arrives in Persian Gulf

By SOP newswire

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), entered the Persian Gulf Dec. 11, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68).

While operating in the Persian Gulf, Dwight D. Eisenhower and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 will conduct missions in direct support of troops participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and maritime security operations (MSO).

CVW-7 began flying missions into Afghanistan Nov. 6 in support of coalition troops on the ground participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. During 33 days of operations, the air wing flew more than 4,000 hours and more than 680 sorties, providing close air support and reconnaissance to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops.

“Our men and women are proud to be serving alongside coalition partners and regional nations in this very important area of the world,” said Rear Adm. Al Myers, commander, Eisenhower Strike Group and Combined Task Force 152. “We are committed to supporting coalition ground forces in OIF to set the conditions for security and stability within Iraq and providing the Iraqi people with the best opportunity for self-determination. We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve and make a difference, whether it’s flying in support of multinational troops operating in Iraq or training alongside coalition and regional navies, or conducting maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf.”

IKE CSG departed Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 3 for deployment and began operating alongside coalition maritime forces in the region Oct. 30 conducting MSO as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. The focus of these operations is to prevent international terrorist organizations from using the maritime environment as a venue from which to launch attacks, move people, weapons or other material.

CVW-7 includes Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 “Tigertails,” Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 “Jolly Rogers,” VFA 131 “Wildcats,” VFA 143 “Pukin’ Dogs,” VFA 83 “Rampagers,” Electronic Attack (VAQ) Squadron 140 “Patriots,” and Helicopter Anti-submarine (HS) 5 “Nightdippers.”

IKE CSG includes Dwight D. Eisenhower, with its embarked air wing, CVW-7, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28; the guided-missile cruiser Anzio; guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Mason (DDG 87); and the fast attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750). All are homeported in Norfolk, Va.

For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

Source:US Navy