USS Dwight-D. Eisenhower CVN 69

Aircraft “Supercarrier” | Nimitz Class

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (“Ike“) is a nuclear-powered aircraft supercarrier currently in service with the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1977, the ship is the second of the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers currently in service, and is the first ship named after the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The vessel was initially named simply as USS Eisenhower, much like the lead ship of the class, Nimitz, but the name was changed to its present form on 25 May 1970.[3] The carrier, like all others of her class, was constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding Company in Virginia, with the same design as the lead ship, although the ship has been overhauled twice to bring her up to the standards of those constructed more recently.

Since commissioning, Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in deployments including Operation Eagle Claw during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980, as well as the Gulf War in the 1990s, and more recently in support of U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

General and specialized information

Name Namesake Ordered Awarded Builder
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower N/A N/A/ Newport News Shipbuilding
Cost Laid down Sponsored by Christened Launched
$5.2 billion August 15, 1970 Mamie Doud-Eisenhower N/A October 11, 1975
Commissioned Homeport Motto Knickname Current Status
October 18, 1977 NS Norfolk, VA I like Ike Mighty Ike Active – January 2017

General characteristics

Class and type: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 101,600 long tons (113,800 short tons)[2]
Length:
  • Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
  • Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam:
  • Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
  • Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Height: 244 feet (74 m)
Draft:
  • Maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
  • Limit: 41 feet (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; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Complement:
  • Ship’s company: 3,200
  • Air wing: 2,480

Systems and Armament

Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar
  • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar
  • AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar
  • AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars
  • AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar
  • AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars
  • 4 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
  • 4 × Mk 95 radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite
  • SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
Armament:
  • 2 × Sea Sparrow
  • 2 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
Armor: Unknown
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

Design and construction[edit]

Main article: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

On 29 June 1970, Newport News Shipbuilding of Newport News, Virginia was awarded the contract for construction. On 30 June 1975, her designation was changed from CVAN-69 to CVN-69.

She was laid down as hull number 599 on 15 August 1970 at Newport News shipyard at a cost of $679 million ($4.5 billion in 2016 dollars), launched 11 October 1975 after christening by Mamie Doud-Eisenhower, and commissioned 18 October 1977, Captain William E. Ramsey in command.[1] Since her commissioning, Dwight D. Eisenhower has had 16 Commanding Officers. Her first Command Master Chief was AGCM Robert Franklin Frazier.

On commissioning, she replaced the aging World War II–era carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in the fleet.

Overhauls[edit]

  • March 1978 to July 1978 – Post Shakedown Availability
  • January 1981 to May 1981 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • August 1982 to October 1982 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • October 1985 to April 1987 – Complex Overhaul – forward port sponson added; Mk-25 BPDM replaced with Mk-29; 3 CIWS added.
  • October 1988 to March 1989 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • October 1990 to January 1991 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • January 1993 to November 1993 – Selected Restricted Availability
  • October 1995 to January 1997 – Complex Overhaul – aft boarding dock added.
  • February 1999 to June 1999 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • May 2001 to March 2005 – Refueling and Complex Overhaul – bridle catcher removed; top two levels of island replaced; new antenna mast; new radar tower; 2 RAM replace 1 CIWS/1 Mk-29 at forward port sponson/aft starboard sponson; 2 CIWS at island/stern removed.
  • January 2008 to July 2008 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • September 2010 to June 2011 – Planned Incremental Availability
  • September 2013 to May 2015 – Planned Incremental Availability – 2 CIWS added; one on newly installed forward starboard sponson, one on newly installed aft port sponson.

Service history[edit]

1970s[edit]

Dwight D. Eisenhower was initially assigned to the United States Atlantic Fleet, and, after receiving over a year of training, the ship was visited by President Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn Carter, Secretary of Defense Harold Brown and his National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzeziński. In January 1979, she sailed for her first deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. During this deployment, while off the coast of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visited Dwight D. Eisenhower, The carrier returned to Norfolk Naval Station in July of the same year.

1980s[edit]

A Sea Harrier of the Fleet Air Arm takes off from the deck of Eisenhower in 1984.

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. She relieved Nimitz three days after the Iranian hostage rescue attempt. To help maintain morale, Capt. Mauldin allowed the men aboard to participate in “Flight Deck Olympics”. The Navy also authorized a special ration of beer, consisting of six cans per man, which was dispensed over a two-month period.[3]

Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to the Mediterranean Sea for her third deployment, under the command of her third Captain E. W. Clexton, Jr., from 5 January – 13 July 1982. During this deployment, 11 passengers and crew were lost when Mamie, her onboard logistics aircraft, crashed near Souda Bay, Crete, on 2 April. She also participated in the 24 June evacuation of the U.S. Embassy staff from Beirut, Lebanon, as that country descended into civil war.[3]

An F-8E(FN) Crusader of the Aéronavale traps aboard Eisenhower in 1983.

Ike embarked on her fourth deployment from 27 April – 2 December 1983. In addition to several major exercises with NATO, Egyptian and U.S. Air Force personnel and assets, she came under direct threat of destruction as Libyan strongman Muammar al-Qadhafi vowed to turn the Gulf of Sidra into a “red gulf of blood” should the ship enter the zone claimed by Libya. Further tensions between Libya, Chad, Sudan and Egypt forced Ike to be ordered to the disputed area. Between 2 and 5 August, the ship’s Combat Air Patrol intercepted two MiG-23 Flogger and two Dassault-Breguet Mirage V aircraft headed toward the carrier in separate engagements. The Libyan aircraft immediately turned back toward their bases, ending both incidents. Diplomatic measures deflated the crisis days later. On 26 August, Ike sailed within sight of the embattled city of Beirut, Lebanon. The ship launched reconnaissance sorties in support of the U.S. Marines and other international peacekeepers coming under attack ashore. After 93 days at sea since her previous port visit, Ike visited Italy on 21 October. She once again had to make speed toward Beirut on the 26th because of suicide attacks that killed nearly 300 American and French troops on 23 October. Ike would remain on station until relieved by the Independence and John F. Kennedy in mid November.[3]

In May/June 1984, for the 40th anniversary of D-Day, “Ike” was deployed to Normandy, France and Portsmouth, England. The port visit in England included a visit from Queen Elizabeth II.

Eisenhower (foreground) at Norfolk in 1985 alongside Nimitz, John F. Kennedy and America.

After her fifth deployment Dwight D. Eisenhower went into Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock in October 1985 for a major overhaul. 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. She re-entered the fleet in April 1987.[4] On 29 February 1988, the ship started her sixth deployment to the Mediterranean. While returning to Norfolk, on 29 August 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, although damage was minor to both ships.[3][5]

Dwight D. Eisenhower entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Portsmouth, Virginia) in September 1988; she returned to the fleet in April 1989.

1990s[edit]

In 1990, Dwight D. Eisenhower completed her seventh 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 in Normandy, France.

Gulf War[edit]

In response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Dwight D. Eisenhower 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. 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.

After completion of an extensive shipyard period and work ups, the carrier deployed 26 September 1991 to the Persian Gulf to continue multi-national operations with coalition forces in support of Operation Desert Storm. Ike returned to Norfolk on 2 April 1992, and, on 12 January 1993, entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for overhaul and conversion, returning to the fleet 12 November 1993.

Post–Gulf War[edit]

Eisenhower departs Norfolk for Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994.

In September 1994, Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 ship’s Army/Navy team headed for Port-au-Prince to lead Operation Uphold Democracy, the U.S.-led effort to restore the elected government of Haiti.

One month later, in October 1994, Dwight D. Eisenhower departed for a six-month deployment which included flying missions in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Deny Flight. This deployment marked the first time that women had deployed as crew members of a U.S. Navy combatant. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carrier Air Wing 3, and the Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8 staff team included more than 400 women. The integration of women caused some negative headlines for the Navy. During the deployment, 15 women serving aboard had to be reassigned ashore because of pregnancy, earning the ship the nickname The Love Boat.[6] There was also a case of a sailor who filmed himself having sex with a female.[6]

In April 1995, the game show Wheel of Fortune taped two weeks of episodes on the ship’s hangar deck.[7]

Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Newport News Shipbuilding on 17 July 1995 for a complex 18-month overhaul completed on 27 January 1997. Among other things, they installed a new Advanced combat direction system. The ship departed on her 10th deployment on 10 June 1998 and returned in December. In February 1999, she 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.[citation needed]

2000s[edit]

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchors off the coast of the Port of Limassol in the Mediterranean in 2006

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six participate in Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) training session with the Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 enforcing Operation Southern Watch’s No-Fly Zone over Iraq.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet parked on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the ship operates in the Persian Gulf, December 2006.

On 3 October 2006 with Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7), Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to sea as the flagship of Rear Admiral Allen G. Myers, commanding Carrier Strike Group 8. CSG-8 also includes the guided-missile cruiser Anzio, guided-missile destroyers Ramage and Mason, and the fast-attack submarine Newport News.[8] She visited Naples, Italy, and then Limassol, Cyprus, for three days in October 2006 before departing to the east. She entered the Persian Gulf in December 2006.[9]

On 8 January 2007, a U.S. AC-130 gunship based out of Djibouti was dispatched to target Al-Qaeda operatives located in Somalia. Eisenhower “was deployed in the Indian Ocean to provide air cover for the operation and, if needed, to evacuate downed airmen and other casualties”.[10] It joined other US and allied vessels from Bahrain-based Combined Task Force 150[11] 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. US ships of Combined Task Force 150 include the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Ramage and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser Bunker Hill.[12] The aim of the patrols is to “… stop SICC leaders or foreign militant supporters escaping” Somalia.[13]

In March 2007, following the Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel, Dwight D. Eisenhower began battle group exercises off the Iranian coastline. The following month in April, the ship was relieved by Nimitz.[14]

A French Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft conducts touch and go landings aboard Dwight D. Eisenhower during a coalition training exercise.

On 4 October 2008 Dwight D. Eisenhower Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Lemar Robinson was killed on the ship during training exercises off the coast of North Carolina. The sailor was killed after being struck by an airplane at 8:15 p.m. on the carrier’s flight deck.[15]

On 21 February 2009, Dwight D. Eisenhower deployed for the Arabian Sea and environs rotating into the forward-deployed forces there. She served as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 8 commanded by Rear Admiral Kurt W. Tidd. Also embarked were Carrier Air Wing 7 and the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28. Other ships of Strike Group 8 were Bainbridge, Halyburton, Scranton, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg. In addition to supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, the strike group conducted maritime security operations including anti-piracy operations. On 16 May, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first Nimitz-class carrier to dock pierside in Manama, Bahrain. The last carrier to moor pierside in Bahrain was Rendova in 1948. On 30 July 2009, the Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after almost a six-month deployment.[16]

2010s[edit]

Eisenhower (background) on post maintenance qualifications in the Atlantic in 2011 meets up with Enterprise returning from a cruise to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf

On 2 January 2010, Dwight D. Eisenhower again deployed to the Middle East, the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations. She served as the flagship of Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group commanded by Rear Admiral Philip S. Davidson. While in theater, the strike group provided security cooperation, forward naval presence, maritime security, and crisis response. In addition to the Ike, the strike group was made up of Carrier Air Wing 7; Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28; the guided-missile cruiser Hué City; and guided-missile destroyers McFaul, Carney, and Farragut.[17][18] On 28 July 2010, the Ike returned to her homeport in Norfolk.

The ship was placed in a planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard through June 2011.

On 22 February 2013, IKE and Strike Group 8 departed for another Mediterranean and Mid-East deployment. After pulling into Marseille, France[19] in early March the German Sachsen-class frigate Hamburg became the first to fully integrate into an American Strike group. Hamburg was commanded by Cmdr. Ralf Kuchler and stayed with the strike while it operated with the 5th fleet.[20] On 6 August the ship began an ammunition offload in preparation for an upcoming docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.[21]

A MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter unloads ammunition onto the flight deck of Eisenhower.

On 26 August 2014, the ship was moved to Berth 42-43 from Dry Dock #8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and as of 4 February 2015, the DPIA was four months behind schedule, with the ship planned to remain in the yard until at least April, 2015.[22]

On 3 September 2015, the ship went back to sea.[23]

In June 2016, Eisenhower and its Carrier Strike Group entered the ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) — USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations June 8 in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.[24] On 22 November 2016, Military Times reported that since June 2016 – when the ship entered the Persian Gulf after launching strikes from the eastern Mediterranean – the carrier’s Captain, Paul Spedero, said sorties from the Eisenhower have dropped nearly 1,100 bombs on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.[25]

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Commissioning

Published on Jun 15, 2016

The US aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), second of the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers transits through the strait into the Mediterranean Sea, the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in deployments including Operation Eagle Claw during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980, as well as the Gulf War in the 1990s, and more recently in support of US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (US Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael R. Gendron/Released)

WORK: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
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15:13in the Middle East recently we have seen our carriers
15:17strike targets or in
15:20and similarly sure staging bases
15:24the Lord humanitarian relief operation
15:27ever undertaken the tsunami 2004
15:31and while we do not know exactly what the future hold
15:36we can be sure or you up
15:39george HW Bush will provide commanders
15:42she for the next by decades
15:46with option of to respond
15:49way that no other nation can cap
15:53learning the sailor ship today
15:57you bring light for this extraordinary ship your skill
16:01Your Enthusiasm your courage and your determination
16:06leadership to greatness set the bar very high
16:10so that everyone is always reaching for it your ship’s namesake
16:15and the nation expect nothing less thank you very much
16:28thank you
16:28up your remark your leadership
16:32ship company all
16:35hot I will now read my order
16:39from name personnel captain Kevin
16:42Larry United they Navy object Europe personnel owners number 35 38
16:4818 member 2008 upon commissioning
16:52United they hit george HW Bush TV and
16:55seventy 7 report for duty at commanding officer
16:58sign Matteo rear admiral United date Navy
17:02commander Navy personnel command ship company
17:06portrayed rap
17:09ladies and gentleman
17:13as many of you know our name thing with the 44th President of the United
17:17day left well remembered however
17:20incredible journey up not long after pearl harbor
17:25elected to postpone college then
17:28three-day fourth nineteen birthday became the nineteen
17:32the youngest naval aviator not 83
17:35urgent appeal 151 US mansion ago
17:39during world war 2 the battle the Philippine
17:42the one up the campaign larger air Val
17:46during a later mission September 1944
17:49again Japanese your installation playing with here
17:52by anti-aircraft fire by
17:56damage be completed attack then never mile
17:59out the before bailing out rescued by the bring you a
18:04that in back you later returned participated
18:08for the combat operation with water and with rotated
18:11home having completed 58 combat mission
18:15earning thing with flying crop and 3
18:18airmail you remain serving until the end of the war
18:22bien he then entered Yale University
18:25graduating short two and a half years later in 1948
18:29having captained Yale University baseball game
18:33and playing in the first two College World Series and drink business upon
18:37returned attack you later remember the house represented
18:41at you at the map the united nation director
18:45Central Intelligence and ronald reagan by
18:49right ladies and gentlemen it is my great honor and privilege
18:53intruded the Honorable your Herbert Walker Bush
19:33although here
19:34cap great how lucky we are to be were given no
19:43Navy man reminiscing being here in
19:47their money take me back the five-year
19:50another shipyard
19:54up the US said
19:57like care which roommate very
20:01with today and I are preparing to serve in World War two
20:06big with this like phyllis diller
20:10when she said all my friends are dying in alphabetical order
20:13and i’m glad to be here and a few memory
20:18that ever 1943
20:22now for form during help
20:28painter barber here right New York
20:31should come down ceremony with my mother
20:35that week mater and public we’ve done a pretty good job keeping our room at
20:42but by that point there courtship
20:45German Japanese the only people nowhere
20:49marry the other members
20:53Spurs commissioning fact that i won
20:57and Jack by part the biggest
21:01or anything else ever say 660 feet long
21:06and 120 II cap
21:09figure 2b your net this really cannot compare
21:14almost twice 4.5 acre landing
21:18our up story I’m
21:23featured my grand particular
21:27really like that’s right on word her mindboggling
21:31 1400 help
21:35for all up heard
21:38however for all state-of-the-art technology
21:41safety environmental features most important element finally be
21:47form men and women thoroughbred
21:50voting mailer for sitting out there
21:55five years ago preparing to serve aboard
21:58with right up there with red
22:02started my neighbor a aviation
22:05where all our I don’t know if I could
22:10you prepared I do know
22:14you take with hopes dream
22:17every American Karen treatment you take with the
22:22undying respect and admiration entire
22:25just a few moments I would pick art
22:29helping that for what CVN 70
22:32and from that moment on I’m
22:35officially retired many many years you are forming unbroken line
22:41Patriots protecting American character
22:45someone that what remembered
22:49I know you
22:52fine covered parade particularly in the night
22:55 back vendors start
22:58 Matt creation
23:02 bear witness sir
23:12 make no mistake
23:15 work aboard be routinely sometime
23:20 dangers freedom in only be
23:24 help you will make everyday
23:29 you thank you for your service
23:33 like everyone may God bless
23:37 men and women sale

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USS Carl Vinson CVN-70