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CVW-7 Continues OEF Missions over Afghanistan

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070219-03
Release Date: 2/19/2007 11:07:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Seth Scarlett, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), continues to provide close air support for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

“The crew feel ownership with being back supporting boots on the ground,” said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW) Adam Bunch, from the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83. “Out here is where we really stand out. We all make a difference here, one sortie missed is a potential life lost for the troops we’re supporting.”

CVW-7 returned to conducting missions for OEF on Feb. 4, flying more than 200 combat sorties over 14 days, totaling more than 1,100 hours. A Combined Forces Air Component Command (CFACC) asset, CVW-7 integrates closely with multi-national coalition forces to prevent and counter Taliban attacks. The air wing has provided close air support and put various types of ordnance on enemy positions designated by ground forces.

“I think it’s great that we’re back in action supporting boots on the ground,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Matt Phrampus, Air Department. “I feel a great sense of pride knowing what I’m doing for my country.”

Synchronizing with other component air assets throughout Afghanistan, CVW-7 includes Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 “Tigertails,” Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 “Jolly Rogers,” Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 “Wildcats,” Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 “Pukin’ Dogs,” Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 “Rampagers,” Electronic Attack (VAQ) Squadron 140 “Patriots,” and Helicopter Anti-submarine (HS) 5 “Nightdippers.”

Ike is the flagship for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which includes embarked air wing, CVW-7, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28; guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68); guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61); and the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87).

The Ike CSG departed Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 3, for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations and entered U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of operations Oct. 30.

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