Talk:USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
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The yard period before the current Persian Gulf deployment was compressed from 12-18 months into six months by conducting repairs both day and night. This is the shortest yard period for a Nimitz Class ship, a nuclear surface vessel, and any carrier in history.
The CAG (Carrier Air Wing Seven) Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Jeffery Garber passed in his sleep of a heart attack during the current deployment. I am not certain of the date, but I am sure the information can be found with a quick google search. Also during the current deployment the Eisenhower was the first "Super-Carrier" to ever pull pierside in Bahrain, during this port visit the King of Bahrain was invited onboard, and a reception held in the hangar.
A day prior to the ship's visit to Lisbon, Portugal a NATO summit was held in the hangar bay. Although I do not know the exact details of what went on as most of the crew was restricted from participation I can say that the Strike Group Eight commander thought this event was quite a success.
I am ship's company onboard the Ike and can vouch for the reliability of this info and I am certain most of it can be verified by conducting a quick Google search.
Ike CO - Captain Dee L. Mewbourn (aviator) Ike XO - Captain Ted Williams (aviator)
2005 RCOH - left shipyard under tow?
That sounds kind of serious - perhaps amplification could explain how CVN could be returned to fleet without some sea trials under its own power; was the overhaul not yet completed, or had the navy/private shipyard decided to make room for other ships at the outfitting pier and drydocks? 18.104.22.168 (talk) 23:12, 20 August 2010 (UTC)