The U.S. Navy plane provider USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), together with guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), accomplished a southbound Suez Canal transit into the Red Sea, April 2.
According to a current service news launch, the IKE CSG’s transit marks the primary U.S. warships to go via the Suez Canal because it reopened on March 29.
“We appreciate the Government of Egypt and Suez Canal Authority’s efforts to ensure the safety of navigation in this critical waterway for all ships, and in allowing the IKE CSG to transit so quickly,” mentioned Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces.
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While within the U.S. fifth Fleet space of operations, the IKE CSG will function and prepare alongside regional and coalition companions, and supply naval aviation assist to Operation Inherent Resolve.
“Our strike group is excited to sail and fly in the conduct of our operations in the Red Sea,” mentioned Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, Commander Carrier Strike Group TWO. “The importance of our regional partnerships throughout U.S. Fifth Fleet cannot be overstated and enhancing our relationship with Egypt is a continuation in fostering both trust and unity in our enduring maritime efforts.”
As an inherently versatile maneuver power, able to supporting routine and contingency operations, the provider’s presence demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s dedication to regional companions and maritime safety.
Deploying ships and plane of the strike group, commanded by Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, embody flagship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61); Destroyer Squadron 22 ships embody Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Mahan (DDG 72) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).
Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, launched into Eisenhower embody the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83; “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7; “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74; “Screwtops” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 123; “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, the “Rawhides”.
The fifth Fleet space of operations encompasses about 2.5 million sq. miles of water space and consists of the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and elements of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 nations and consists of three chokepoints, crucial to the free move of worldwide commerce.