USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Atlantic Ocean - Nearly 6,500 Sailors assigned to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group are on a regularly scheduled deployment that will bring the ships into the Mediterranean Sea in mid-October.
While in the European theater, the strike group will conduct Theater Security Cooperation engagements and maritime security operations (MSO) with the militaries of Italy, Cyprus, Bosnia, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro and Romania.
Commanded by Navy Rear Adm. Allen G. Myers, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 8, The strike group includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, with its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28; the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68); guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Mason (DDG 87); and the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750), all homeported in Norfolk, Va. The strike group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of MSO that began Oct. 3.
"I'm extremely proud of the men and women of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group," said Myers. "They've worked long and hard, exceeding all expectations as we prepared for this deployment and are ready to take on any missions sent our way. We aim to make a difference with our unique capability of providing a strong forward presence anywhere in the world at any given time, whether we're promoting peace and security, preserving freedom of the seas, deterring aggression or providing sustained combat operations."
The strike group completed Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-02 in July, receiving certification to deploy after a series of complex training events, which included naval surface fire support training and air-to-ground bombing practice at ranges on the East Coast of the United States.
During deployment, IKE CSG is prepared to operate often alongside coalition partners to conduct MSO under international maritime conventions to ensure security in all waters, so all commercial shipping may operate freely while transiting the world's oceans.
MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO also deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.