STUTTGART, Germany - The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) entered the U.S. European Command and U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations today in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. Besides bringing a variety of multi-mission capable ships and aircraft to the EUCOM area of responsibility, the IKE CSG ships are the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy's Great Green Fleet Initiative.
This initiative emphasizes the use of energy conservation measures as a key combat enabler to allow ships to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower. The IKE CSG consists of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 with its associated guided-missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Nitze (DDG 94) and USS Stout (DDG 55).
The presence of two carrier strike groups in the EUCOM area of responsibility demonstrates our commitment to safety and security in the region. These forces further serve to support European Allies and partners, deter potential threats and will be capable of conducting operations in support of the counter-ISIL mission. Great Green Fleet operations in Europe will involve a multi-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with units of the Italian Navy's Flotta Verde. The PASSEX will highlight energy conservation operations and will involve a refueling at sea (RAS) event during which an Italian oiler will refuel IKE CSG ships with advanced alternative fuel (F76 equivalent).
For more information about USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG in the 6th Fleet area of operations, contact U.S. Navy-Europe Public Affairs at +39 081 568-3223 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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