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Ike Returns from Shakedown

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050511-28
Release Date: 5/12/2005 5:00:00 AM

By Journalist 2nd Class Paul Simonds, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., May 9 after completing her shakedown underway period — 10 days at sea where the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier took another step toward becoming combat ready.

This was the fourth time Ike has been underway since completing her four-year, mid-life overhaul in March. The primary purpose of this underway was to give Ike's chain of command the opportunity to evaluate the readiness of the ship.

“What shakedown is, is where we go out with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and exercise the ship and the air wing and all the different departments of the ship, and we see what works and what doesn’t,” said Ike’s Operations Officer, Cmdr. Edward Langford.

During her shakedown underway period, Ike completed two connected replenishments (CONREP) with USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201). Ike’s crew successfully completed various shipwide damage control drills, which encompassed every aspect of the ship, ranging from Ike’s medical department to the bridge team, to CVW-7. Weapons department built and delivered inert ordnance to CVW-7 Sailors on the flight deck, and Ike commenced cyclic flight operations for the first time in more than four years.

Conducting cyclic flight operations allowed Ike’s crew and their teammates from CVW-7 to exercise in an operational environment.

“Each time we come together, we improve our efficiency,” said CMDCM (SW/AW) Michael Rang, CVW-7’s command master chief. “After Ike completes her [Post Shakedown Availability], we will be ready to join her crew as one team, one fight."

"I think the ship and the air wing team is really coming together well,” Langford added.

Ike is scheduled to enter her Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) this summer, where any remaining work will be completed. Following that, the warship will begin the process of becoming surge ready.

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