NORFOLK, Va. — The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) is home.
The Nimitz-class carrier, along with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Sunday, August 9, ending a seven-month deployment as a part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet.
IKECSG ships left Norfolk on January 17 for the strike group’s Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and follow-on deployment.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, IKECSG continued operations to maintain maritime stability and security and ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests.
IKECSG includes USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), commanded by Capt. Kyle Higgins; Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56), commanded by Capt. Edward Crossman, and USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), commanded by Capt. Michael Desmond; Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55), USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), and USS Truxtun (DDG 103); and the staffs of Carrier Strike Group 10 commanded by Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, Destroyer Squadron 26 commanded by Capt. Zoah Scheneman, and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW) 3, commanded by Capt. Trevor Estes.