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Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group MED 00 Deployment
IKEBATGRU
CVN-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower
"IKE"

After roughly eight months of an intensive work-up schedule, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Battlegroup, led by IKE and Carrier Airwing Seven, headed to sea 19 February 2000 for the first Mediterranean deployment of the year 2000. After a four-month stint at Norfolk Naval Shipyards, Portsmouth, Va., the IKE crew began preparation for the deployment with four days of sea trials in June. IKE and CVW-7 participated in several strenuous at-sea operations such as the Tailored Ship's Training and Availability (TSTA) I, II and III, Competitive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in August, the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in December, and various exercises to qualify its naval aviators (CQ).

After roughly three days of CQ, the IKE and CAG Seven team began its transit to the Mediterranean Sea, where IKE made its first planned port call to Trieste, Italy. In addition to IKE and Carrier Air Wing Seven, deploying ships include USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) of Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8, USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Mahan (DDG 72), and USS Kauffman (FFG 59) of Destroyer Squadron 26, along with USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) of Destroyer Squadron 14, USS Hartford (SSN 768), USS Springfied (SSN 761), USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) and USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34).

Chronology

    22 May 2001 - began 39-month RCOH
    01 Aug 2000 - departed CENTCOM
    22 May 2000 - Red Sea
    18 Feb 2000 - Persian Gulf



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