Norfolk, Va. – The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is back.
The 38-year-old aircraft carrier was spotted cruising down the Elizabeth River on Friday morning after spending nearly two years at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA).
In a message from posted to the ship’s Facebook page, the ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Steve Koehler said officers, chiefs and enlisted crew members have all moved their belongings back on board.
He goes on to say the ship will be embarking on a “robust operational schedule this fall” ahead of the ship’s next scheduled deployment.
It had previously been announced that the Navy would be testing the new F-35 aircraft aboard the Eisenhower in October.