USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
CVN 69
  
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Construction of the third nuclear-powered and second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) was authorized by Congress in fiscal year 1970. The ship was named for the 34th President of the United States and General of the Army Dwight David Eisenhower (Oct. 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969).

October 11, 1975 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Dwight D. Eisenhower was christened during an 1100 EST ceremony in Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Mrs. Mamie Doud-Eisenhower, widow of the late president served as the ship's sponsor. Capt. William E. Ramsey is the prospective commanding officer.

July 30, 1977 The aircraft carrier departed for its first underway period at sea to conduct Builder’s sea trials in the Virginia Capes operating area (VACAPES). Lt. David L. Hallanbeck of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 6 accomplished the first landing on board in a Sikorsky VH-3A Sea King. Acceptance trials with INSURV were conducted Aug. 23-24.

September 12, PCU Dwight D. Eisnehower was delivered to the U.S. Navy and departed for its first Dependent's Cruise to homeport of Naval Station Norfollk.

September 15, First aircraft launch and arrested landing by Grumman C-1A Trader, piloted by Capt. Ramsey, during the certification trials, Sept. 15-20.

October 18, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was commissioned during a ceremony at Norolk Naval Station's Pier 2.

October 20, Cmdr. Gary F. Wheatley, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, accomplished the first jet landing on board in A-7E Corsair II from Attack Squadron (VA) 46. Lt. Cmdr. David L. Newton and Lt David Anderson of the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate accomplished the first jet catapult launch in A-6E Intruder on Oct. 21.

November 7, The Ike departed Norfolk for Carrier Qualifications, with the CVW-1, and damage contron training off the coast of Cuba. Port visit to Guantanamo Bay, Nov. 24-26.

December 3, An A-7E Corsair II, assigned to Attack Squadron (VA) 72, suffered a mechanical malfunction and crashed shortly after launching from catapult No. 4. Lt. Cmdr. Harold Andersen ejected and the ship launched a motor whaleboat, assisted by a Sikorsky SH-3D from HS-11, to recover him. The Sea King crew dropped a swimmer to retrieve the pilot, but Andersen apparently had become entangled in his parachute and drowned.

January 5, 1978 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a four-week Shakedown cruise in the Puerto Rican Area of Operation. On 21st, anchored off the coast of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, for a two-day port visit.

February 15, CVN 69 underway again to the Roosevelt Roads and Jacksonville operating areas.

March 1, An HH-46A, assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 16, encountered mechanical difficulties while in the plane guard position about 100 yards off Ike’s starboard quarter, about 60 miles southeast of Jacksonville, Fla. The Sea Knight crashed into the water tail first and sank, inverted, disappearing from view in barely 30 seconds. Two of the men were recovered. Lt. j.g. Frederic L. Bell and ADC John R. Bazan were lost at sea.

March 4, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for a three-day visit. Upon returning to sea, the ship began gearing up for the Combined Weapons Training Exercise (Operation Shamrock) that was held on March 17, about 60 miles off the coast of Savannah, Ga. Returned to Norfolk on 18th.

March 28, The Eisenhower arrived in Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). In dry-dock from April 8 through June 3.

July 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed for a four-day underway period to test various systems and its first "Father/Son" cruise off the coast of Virginia.

September 18, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for type training off Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, embarking VF-142, VF-143 and VAQ-138 as new squadrons to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Port visit to Saint Thomas from Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 9-11. Returned home on Oct. 26.

November 14, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed for a three-week task force readiness exercise. in the western Caribbean. GULFEX involved 20,000 U.S. and British servicemembers, 36 ships, two submarines and more than 300 aircraft. On Nov. 24, the Ike anchored off Ft. Lauderdale for a two-day visit. Returned to homeport on Dec. 4, after Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) from Nov. 27- Dec 1.

January 16, 1979 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for its maiden Mediterranean deployment.

January 27, The Ike pulled into Rota, Spain, for a three-day port call, before relieved USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in the Mediterranean Sea.

February 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a three-day visit.

February 10, Capt. James H. Mauldin relieved Rear Adm. William E. Ramsey as the 2nd CO of CVN 69, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

February 19, The Ike anchored again off Naples for a five-day port call after a seven days of flight operations in the Ionian Sea.

From Feb. 26 through March 4, the carrier participated in National Week XXVI/Sardinia 1-79, a combined task force exercise involving over 50 ships and 300 aircraft from various NATO countries.

March 6, The Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Venice, Italy, for a six-day port visit. Anchored again off Naples on March 20, for a two week upkeep period.

April 10, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Athens, Greece, for a five-day port call. On 17th arrived in Livorno, Italy, for a four-day visit before comencing MULTIPLEX 1-79, a "multi-dimensional warfare" exercise involving dual battle group training with USS America (CV 66), in the Ionian Sea, April 22-28.

May 4, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a 10-day port visit.

From May 17-24, the Ike took part in the final two phases of the three phase maritime support Operation Dawn Patrol. Eighty other NATO vessels participated in the huge exercise, including USS America and the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau (R 98).

May 28, USS Dwigh D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Lisbon for a week-long port visit to Portugal.

June 15, The Eisenhower anchored off Naples, fourth and the last time, for a two-week standdown period after participating in a Spanish air defense exercise Poopdeck 2-79, June 12-13.

July 13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 made 8,580 arrested landing and logged 19,674 hours.

August 1, The Ike comenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while moored at Norfolk's Pier 2.

November 6, The aircraft carrier departed homeport for a 10-day underway period for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) and damage control training. Another underway for CQ with FRS and Training Command, from Nov. 26 through Dec. 8.

January 4, 1980 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the Guantanamo Bay operating area. Returned on Feb. 8 after Type Training, from Jan. 18-24, and Fleet/Training Command carrier qualifications, from Jan. 26-29, in Jacksonville and Virginia Capes (OPAREAs).

February 20, CVN 69 departed Norfolk for Type Training II off Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Port visit to St. Thomas from March 2-5, followed by Type Training Three and Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) from March 5-18.

April 15, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a surge Indian Ocean deployment in light of tensions in the Arabian Gulf Area.

May 7, After a 12,000 mile voyage around the Cape of Good Hope, the Eisenhower BG relieved USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Battle Group in the Gulf of Oman Naval Zone of Operations (GONZO) station.

July 17, The second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Singapore for a five-day port visit.

December 9, The Ike departed Pacific Fleet AoR after relieved by USS Independence (CV 62).

December 22, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned home after a historic 254 days at-sea with only one liberty visit.

Janury 28, 1981 CVN 69 entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Departed for sea trials on May 11.

May 27, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for Fleet Carrier Qualfications. Underway from June 8-13, for CQ and Father/Son Cruise. Departed homeport again on June 17, for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the Guantanamo Bay operating area.

July 2, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a four-day visit.

July 3, Capt. Edward W. Clexton, Jr., relieved Capt. James H. Mauldin as CO of the commanding officer of the Eisenhower.

July 23, The Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after conducting Type Training Phase I,II and READEX 2-81 in the Puerto Rican OPAREA.

August 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport to participate in Magic Sword, Ocean Venture and Ocean Safari, collectively billed as NATO’s largest joint maritime exercises in 25 years. During Ocean Venture Phase IV, the Eisenhower opposed Canadian and Coast Guard forces, and then waged a "carrier vs. carrier war" against its counterpart, USS Forrestal (CV 59). CVN 69 completed Magic Sword North by launching simulated strikes into Norway to support allied forces making amphibious landings, after which it rendezvoused with a huge combined force of 19,000 men, 60 ships and 280 aircraft for Ocean Safari.

September 18, The Ike anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day port visit. On Sept. 24, the carrier anchored off Portsmouth, England, for a five-day port call. Returned to Norfolk on Oct. 7.

October 28, The Dwight D. Eisenhower underway again for a four-week Type Training Phase III and Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port visit to Brdgetown, Barbados, from Nov. 12-16.

January 5, 1982 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for its third deployment.

January 17, The Eisenhower anchored in Tangier Harbor, Morocco, for a three-day visit to conduct turnover with USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Both carrier battle groups then participated with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) BG in multi threat exercise National Week XXXI, Jan. 20-30.

January 30, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a two-week Stanndown period.

After operating in the western Mediterranean Sea and PHIBLEX exercise, the Ike visited Tangier for the second time, from Feb. 22-28. Participated in exercise Sardinia from March 1 through 8th.

March 15, The Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port call. Arrived in Athens, Greece, on March 24 for a week-long port visit.

March 31, Cmdr. Donald L. McCrory relieved Capt. Thomas S. Treanor as CO of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.

April 2, An C1A "Mamie" crashed shortly after 1614, during the logistics flight to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete. Low ceilings and poor visibility hampered rescuers, who finally discovered the wreckage strewn across the northeast side of a 1,400 foot mountainside about four miles from Souda Bay’s navigational beacon. Eleven men died, including pilots: Cmdr. Richard W. Beiser and Lt. Cmdr. Bruce L. Cook.

Following a training anchorage at Souda Bay From April 10-12, the Eisenhower arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, on April 14 for a four-day port visit.

May 26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off Naples for a six-day visit before participating in exercise Distant Drum, in the Tyrehenian Sea, May 2-16. Arrived again in Naples, Italy, on May 17 for another two-week upkeep period.

June 11, CVN 69 anchored off the coast of Monte-Carlo for a four-day visit to the tiny Principiality of Monaco. From June 15 through 27, the Ike operated in the eastern Med. and was involved in Lebanon evacuation on June 24.

June 30, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a three-day port visit.

July 13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after more than a six-month Mediterranean deployment.

August 16, The Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for two-and-a-half month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

November 26, The Ike departed homeport for a two-week Refresher Training in the Guantanamo Bay Op. Area.

January 7, 1983 CVN 69 departed Naval Station Norfolk for Type Training Phase I in the Puerto Rican Op. Area.

January 25, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale for a four-day port visit. Embarked 200 male "Tigers" for a week-long trip to Norfolk. Conducted CQ en route home.

February 24, The Dwight D. Eisenhower underway again for another round of Type Training off Puerto Rico. Visit to St. John, Antigua, March 8-12, before conducting Type Training Phase III and ORE.

March ?, During hot refueling of two Tomcats from VF-142 near the starboard foul line, the starboard wing of a Viking from VS-31 struck one of the F-14As, ripping its probe from the S-3A. Fuel immediately began streaming from the Tomcat over the crowded flight deck, quickly spreading under aircraft with engines turning over and live missiles attached. ADC Raymond L. Goodwin, the VF-142 line supervisor, seeing a potential disaster unfolding, immediately directed a tow tractor to the stricken aircraft. Climbing atop it, he stopped the flow of fuel as the volatile liquid cascaded over him. Chief Goodwin’s rapid and spontaneous reaction prevented what would most certainly have erupted into a catastrophic fire, buying the ship precious moments as the crash and salvage team responded.

March 17, An F-14A from VF-143, piloted by Lt. William G. Welch and Lt. j.g. Wolfgang E. Thiel, and an F-14A from VF-142, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth W. Pritchard and Ens. Daniel P. Hummel, colided and crashed at sea, while the ship was conducting Type Training Phase III off Puerto Rico. An SH-3D from HS-5 recovered Welch and Thiel, but Pritchard and Hummel perished during ejection. During the same exercise, an F-14A, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 142, suffered a hydraulic failure, caught fire and crashed at sea. Cmdr. John M. Sumnick, CO of VF-142, and Lt. j.g. Christopher U. Browne were recovered with minor injuries.

April 27, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for its fourth major deployment.

The two-day Refresher Training (REFTRA) for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, off the coast of Virginia, was followed by two days of participation in exercise Solid Shield, April 29-30.

May 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower relieved USS Nimitz as flagship for Commander, Battle Force, U.S. 6th Fleet, in the Mediterranean Sea.

May 11, The Ike anchored in Naples Harbor for a four-day visit to Italy.

May 13, Rear Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle relieved Rear Adm. Edward H. Martin as Commander, Task Force 60, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Eisenhower.

May 30, The second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived in Taranto, Italy, for a four-day port call after participating in exercise Distant Drum, with British, Canadian, French, Italian and Turkish forces, May 16-27.

June 18, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Athens, Greece, for a 10-day port visit.

June 25, Cmdr. Joseph W. Prueher relieved Capt. Donald L. McCrory as commanding officer of the CVW-7.

July 9. The Ike departed Naples Harbor after an eight-day visit for dual carrier operations with the USS Coral Sea (CV 43) in the cental and western Mediterranean.

July 16, The Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Livorno, Italy, for a four-day port call.

After operating in the central and eastern Mediterranean for just the couple of days, the Eisenhower was ordered to put on speed for the Gulf of Sidra due to rising tensions with Libya.

From August 15-26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in exercise Bright Star '83 with USAF and Egyptian forces, pitting her aircraft against Egyptian MiGs and her Tomcats intercepting three Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses flying from Minot AFB, North Dakota, to Cairo, Egypt, (simulating Soviet bombers) 1,050 n.m. from the ship..

The ship’s arrival off Beirut on Aug. 26 was clearly visible to people trapped within the devastated city and brought a welcome respite to the marines ashore. During the following days, the aircraft from CVW-7 flew 39 reconnaissance missions over Lebanon to identify frequently shifting artillery batteries that fired sporadically at peacekeepers.

September 3, Technical Representative William B. Hewitt of Texas Instruments, Inc., were found dead in Storage Compartment No. 1-44-2-Q. The Navy did not identify an apparent cause of the accident.

September 17, A Sea King from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5 rescued a downed Lebanese Air Force pilot after he ejected from his crippled aircraft off the coast of Lebanon.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier took part in exercise Display Determination with the British and Turks, in the Aegean Sea, October 6-10.

October 21, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast Naples, Italy, for its first port visit after a consecutive 93 days at sea. By that point the ship steamed 23,000 miles and launched 5,400 sorties.

October 23, A suicide bomber identified with the Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement, a group affiliated with Hezbollah, drove a five-ton Mercedes truck loaded with explosives, around 0620 on Sunday, into the marine barracks at Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. A second bomber drove a vehicle into the nearby French barracks, killing 56 paratroopers. During this crisis the Ike prepared to sail with 12 hours notice. On the 25th, the U.S. Navy ordered USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to make speed for the eastern Mediterranean and the ship issued an emergency recall of all hands, standing out of Naples early the following morning.

From November 1 through 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with USS John F. Kennedy and USS Independence, operated off the coast of Lebanon.

December 2, CVN 69 returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

April 17, 1984 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed for three-day sea trials after more than a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at NNSY.

May 8, The Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area.

May 28, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, for a two-day port visit. From June 1-5, visited Portsmouth, England.

From Jun 6-7, the Ike sailed off the coast of Normandy to participate in the 40th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings of World War II.

June 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Brest, France, for a five-day port call. Returned home on June 20.

June 26, CVN 69 departed Norfolk for FRS Carrier Qualifications.

July 6, Capt. Richard C. Macke relieved Capt. Edward W. Clexton, Jr., as CO of the Dwight. D. Eisenhower.

From July 10-19, the Ike conducted Refresher Training Phase 1A in the Jacksonville Operating Area. On July 20, departed for Dependent's Day Cruise.

August 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for seven days of Refresher Training Phase 1B in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. After a port visit to St. Thomas, Aug. 17-22, the ship conducted Refresher Training Phase II through Aug. 25. From Aug. 26-30, participated in MSR Harpoon firing exercise anf from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4, conducted ORE.

September 12, The aircraft carrier emergency sortied from Norfolk to evade Tropical Storm Gustav and Hurricane Fran.

October 10, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for its fourth Mediterranean deployment, its fifth overall.

October 12, AD3 Charles D. Elliott, assigned to Attack Squadron (VA) 66, is lost at sea after a 20 foot wave swept him overboard.

The Eisenhower conducted a turnover with USS America (CV 66) in Augusta Bay, Sicilty, Oct. 26-27. From November 1 through 20, the Ike conducted operations in the eastern Mediterranean. Participated in Sea Wind, a joint air defense exercise with Egyptian forces, Nov. 5-7. On Nov. 21, anchored off Athens, Greece, for a four-day visit.

December 2, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a nine-day port call. On Dec. 21 anchored in Naples Harbor for a 12-day upkeep period.

From January 26-31, 1985, the Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in Med-1-85, National Week XXXIII and Dasix, multi-national exercises that "spanned the entire Mediterranean and all warfare areas" operating with large numbers of NATO ships and aircraft, including USS Independence (CV 62).

February 1, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in Toulon, France, for a nine-day port visit. Five Tomcats flew ashore to Orange-Caritat AB for exercises with the French Air Force’s 1/5, 2/5 and 3/5 Squadrons, equipped with F-1B/C Mirages. On Feb. 18, the ship anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a week-long upkeep.

March 7, The Eisenhower emergency sortied from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, after a six-day port visit, in response to national tasking due to rising tensions resulting from the Lebanese Civil War. HS-5 dispatched an SH-3D to operate for 14 days from USS Mississippi (CGN 40) and USS Spruance (DD 963) in the eastern Mediterranean, to stand ready for the potential evacuation of U.S. civilians from the devastated country before returning to the carrier.

April 14, An A-7E, assigned to Attack Squadron (VA) 66, suffered an engine failure and crashed in the eastern Mediterranean. Lt. Kevin J. Rooney ejected safely.

April 15, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off Naples for a five-day port call. After a turnover with the Nimitz in Augusta Bay, April 21-23, the Ike departed 6th Fleet on April 27. On May 5, the carrier anchored off the coast of Bermuda to disembark Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT Staff and to pick up "Tigers".

May 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

July 8, The Eisenhower departed homeport for CQ with the CVW-7 and TRACOM while en route to Jacksonville Op. Area. From July 17-21, participated in READIEX 2-85 with the USS Saratoga (CV 60) and several surface and submarine units. On July 23, the Ike arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados, for a four-day port visit.

After a training in the Panama Op. Area, July 27- Aug. 4, the Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Montego Bay on 5th for a four-day visit to Jamaica. The carrier proceded to the eastern coast of Guatemala and Honduras after a heightened tensions resulting from fighting against Marxist rebels in the region. Returned to homeport ons Aug. 22.

From Sept. 9-19, the Eisenhower conducted carrier qualifications with the Reserve Carrier Air Wing (CVWR) 20, off the coast of Virginia.

September 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for a Dependent's Day Cruise. On Sept. 27, the ship transited "deadstick" to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard to avoid Hurricane Gloria.

August 27, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower underway again to participate in exercise Ocean Safari with numerous U.S. and NATO ships, including USS America and USS Saratoga, and submarines.

October 26, CVN 69 entered the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. for a Complex Overhaul (COH).

October 18, 1986 Capt. Gary L. Beck relieved Capt. Richard C. Macke as commanding officer of the Dwight D. Eisenhower.

April 26, 1987 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing a complex overhaul at Newport News, during which time some 1,100 crewmembers lived on board berthing vessel General William O. Darby (IX-510), in addition to 300 duty section watchstanders who lived on board each night. The 18-month yard period included the addition of the Close-in Weapons System, NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System, Navy Tactical Data System, Anti-Submarine Warfare module, communications upgrades and rehabilitation of 1,831 berths in 25 compartments.

June 15, The Ike departed homeport for a five-week Shakedown cruise in the Guantanamo Bay Area of Operation.

July 8, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored at La Guaira port for a four-day visit to Caracas, Venezuela.

August 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower recorded its 100,000th arrested landing. The ship departed On Aug. 14 for Refresher Training in Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway again to conduct CQ from Aug. 28 through Sept. 5.

September 6, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for Dependent's Day Cruise. Another round of carrier qualifications from Sept. 29- Oct. 3.

From October 20-30, CVN 69 was operating off the coast of Virginia for Advance Phase Carrier Qualifications. On Nov. 5 anchored of the coast of Charlotte Amalie for a four-day visit to St. Thomas, V.I. Returned home on Nov. 23 after a two-week Advance Phase Training.

December 4, The Eisenhower arrived in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a three-day port call. Returned to Norfolk Dec. 10 after a nine-day underway. Another underway off the coast of Virginia from Dec. 11-16.

January 11, 1988 The second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed homeport for a two-week underway period for CQ and FLEETEX 1-88 in the Puerto Rican Op. Area.

February 29, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment.

March 15, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Cagliari, Sardinia, for a turnover with USS Coral Sea (CV 43).

March 18, CVN 69 arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a week-long port call. Port visit to Toulon, France, from March 29 through April 4.

April 11, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off Marseille, France, for a seven-day visit. The Ike visited Augusta Bay, Sicily, from April 21-22, for a training anchorage.

April 26, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Cannes, France, for a six-day visit.

From May 2-15, the Eisenhower participated in all three phases of exercise Dragon Hammer in the Mediterranean, Aegean, Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.

May 16, CVN 69 anchored again in Augusta Bay for three-day port call. Port visit to Antalya, Turkey, from May 23-27.

From May 30 through June 3, the Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in a multi-force exercise Poopdeck, in the eastern Mediterranean.

June 9, The ike anchored again off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a 10-day liberty. After a Palma visit, the ship participated in exercise Optimize '88 with various NATO sea and air units, June 20-24.

On June 27, the Eisenhower anchored off Naples, Italy, for an eight-day upkeep. From July 10-21, the carrier participated in a combined exercise Juniper Falconry with Israeli forces and made two brief visits to Haifa, July 10-11 and 15-17.

July 26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Livorno, Italy, for a week-long port visit. Second visit to Cannes, France, from Aug. 8-15. On Aug. 16, the Ike conducted turnover with the John F. Kennedy (CV 67).

August 29, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment. While entering Hampton Roads at 0820, The IKE collided with the 897-foot Spanish bulk carrier Urdulitz. The Spanish vessel lay anchored at Berth Z, Anchorage A, adjacent to the Entrance Reach Channel, waiting to gain access to the coal loading piers at Lamberts Point, Norfolk. A total of 38 Spaniards were on board; 36 crewmembers and two additional people. Several hundred male "Tigers" were on board the Ike, having embarked two days previously at Bermuda. The accident resulted in an estimated $2 million damage to the Eisenhower and $317,128 damage to Urdulitz.

September 27, Capt. Joseph. J. Dantone relieved Capt. Gary L. Beck as CO of the CVN 69.

October 3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a five-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

March 13, 1989 The Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a four-day sea trials. During the SRA at NNSY additional work was required to repair the No. 2 aircraft elevator resulting from the collision with Urdulitz. The ship also gained the capability to operate F/A-18 Hornets.

March 20, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed for CQ off the coast of Virginia.

From April 17-28, the Ike conducted independent steaming operations, serving as a test platform for F-14A-plus. Fighter Squadrons (VF) 142 and 143 are first to transition to the new aircraft.

From May 4-19, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in joint exercise Solid Shield '89, off the South Carolina coast.

In June, Workers from Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., assisted the crew in lifting Nos 1 and 2 Main Engine high pressure turbine casings. The massive project began during Solid Shield when the crew noted small casing steam leaks, as neither engine’s casing had been lifted since her initial construction.

July 14, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a six-day Fleet Carrier Qualifications. Underway again for CQ with the CVWR-20, from July 24 through Aug. 3.

August 5, The Eisenhower embarked more than 8,000 guests for a Family Day Cruise.

September 18, CVN 69 departed Norfolk for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in Virginia Capes Op. Area.

October 6, The Ike departed Norfolk for Advanced Phase Training in the Cherry Point Operating Area, off the North Carolina coast. On Oct 20, the ship anchored off the coast of Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale.

In the early morning of Oct. 31, about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., a rogue wave struck elevator no. 2 washing three sailors, 38 air-to-air missiles and two ammunition transports over the board. AN Carroll A. Washington and AO2 Dave Walker were rescued by an SH-3H SAR helicopter from HS-5, an hour later. AOAN Craig A. Harris was lost at sea.

January 15, 1990 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for CQ in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. After a port visit to Ft. Lauderdale from Jan. 23-25, the carrier participated in a two-week Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) 1-90 in the Puerto Rican Area of Operation.

March 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for its seventh major deployment.

After participating in National Week 90B exercise, from March 20-27, with the USS Forrestal (CV 59) Battle Group, the two aircraft carriers anchored in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a turnover, March 28-29.

March 31, An F/A-18A, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, experienced a "catastrophic" left engine failure followed by loss of flight controls and crashed into the water, at about 1610, during routine operations in the western Mediterranean. Lt. Cmdr. William J. Henderson was rescued within 10 minutes.

April 2, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Toulon, France, for an eight-day port call. From April 14-21, the Ike participated in joint exercise Distant Thunder 90-1 with British and Turkish naval and air forces.

April 22, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off Haifa, Israel, for a week-long port visit. After departing Haifa, CVN 69 participated in exercise Dragon Hammer, consisting of combined operations, coordinated air defense, and maritime and amphibious training through May 15.

May 18, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Cannes, France, for a seven-day port visit in conjuction with the last week of International Film Festival. From May 20-24, four Hornets deployed to Sidi Ahmed Airfield, Tunisia, to conduct dissimilar air combat training with 14 F-5E and F Tiger IIs of the 15th Tunisian Air Unit.

From June 2-6, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower took part in Journey to Victory, a commemoration of the Allied landings in Normandy. Port visit to Portsmouth from June 6-11.

June 15, The Ike anchored in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a week-long port visit. On 25th arrived in Marseille, France, for a four-day visit and on July 2 anchored off Monaco for another four days of liberty. Another visit to Cannes, from July 12-20.

July 27, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a six-day port call.

August 8, In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, CVN 69 became the second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal.

From Aug. 9-24, the Ike supported Operation Desert Shield, serving as a ready striking force in the event Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia and participated in maritime interception operations in support of a United National embargo against Iraq.

August 23, USS Saratoga (CV 60) Battle Group relieved USS Dwight D. Eisenhower BG on station in the Red Sea.

September 1, The Eisenhower anchored again in Augusta Bay to conduct turnover with USS John F. Kennedy.

September 12, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing its sixth Mediterranean deployment.

September 28, Capt. William V. Cross relieved Capt. Joseph. J. Dantone, Jr., as CO of the IKE during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

October 12, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a one week underway to conduct Fleet CQ off the coast of Virginia. On Oct. 19, entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month Selected Restricted Availabilty (SRA).

March 18, 1991 The Eisenhower departed homeport for a 10-day Refresher Training in Virginia Capes/Cherry Point Operating Areas.

April 19, The Ike pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale. Over 50,000 tourist were received on board. CVN 69 departed Norfolk on April 15 for a two-week Training CQ in the Jacksonville Op. Area. Underway for Fleet Carrier Qualifications from May 15-22.

June 3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a four-week Advanced Phase Training in the Puerto Rican Operating Area. Port visit to St. Thomas, June 14-18.

July 5, The second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed for Fleet CQ off the coast of Virginia.

July 23, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk to participated in FLEETEX 4-91 in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Underway again on Aug. 16, for Training CQ in the Key West Op. Area and Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE).

August 31. The Ike departed homeport for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

September 26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment.

October 13, Lt. Cmdr. Joe F. Edwards, Jr., and Lt. j.g. Scott C. Grundmeier landed a cripled F-14B, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 142, after a radome departed the aircraft in flight, damaging the windscreen and shattering the forward part of the canopy. Edwards’s sustained facial lacerations and suffered a broken collar bone. He was evacuated to the International Hospital at Manama, Bahrain, for eye surgery. After transiting Suez Canal on the same day, the Eisenhower relieved USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Red Sea on 17th and supported Operation Desert Shield through Oct. 22.

On Oct. 31, CVN 69 transited Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf. On Nov. 9, the aircraft carrier anchored off Dubai for a four-day visit to United Arab Emirates. Another visits to Dubai from Nov. 27- Dec. 4; and Dec. 22- Jan. 2, 1992.

From Jan. 3-13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in a joint U.S. and Saudi naval exercise Red Reef III, in the Gulf of Oman and northern Arabian Sea.

From Jan. 20-26, five F-14Bs deployed to Shaikh Isa, Bahrain, to participate in a joint aerial exercise Neon Arrow. The aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Dubai Jan. 21, for the fourth and last visit to U.A.E. After departing Dubai on Jan. 26, the Ike participated in a joint strike exercise Eager Archer with the Kuwaitis.

After departing Arabian Gulf on Feb. 4, the Eisenhower participated in exercise Beacon Flash, in the northern Arabian Sea, with the Omanis, Feb. 8-13.

February 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Jedah, Saudi Arabia, for a three-day port call after taking part in a joint exercises Indigo Anvil and South Thunder, in the south central Red Sea, launching strikes against Saudi forces defending Bisha, Khamis Mushait and Taif.

Februry 27, The Eisenhower transited Suez Canal after relieved by USS America (CV 66) on Feb. 26.

March 1, CVN 69 arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a five-day port call.

From March 10 through 21, the Ike participated in Teamwork '92, a huge NATO exercise off southern Scotland, that postponed her own scheduled homecoming by a week, but allowed Saratoga to return home sooner.

April 2, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a two-day Tiger Cruise from Bermuda, completing the six-month deployment.

June 17, The Eisenhower departed for a two-week underway period to conduct CQ, with the CVW-7 and TRACOM, in the Virginia Capes/Cherry Point Op. Areas. The carrier underway again from July 20-24, making preparations for the Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE).

August 5, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk to conduct Fleet and Training Command Carrier Qualifications; and ORSE in the VACAPES and Jacksonville Areas of Operation. On Aug. 15, the ship arrived in Port Everglades for a four-day port call. Another round of Fleet CQ, off the coast of Virginia, Sept. 10-18. After conducting ammo offload with the USS Suribachi (AE 34), CVN 69 returned to homeport on Sep. 22.

November 4, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a 16-day CQ with the CVW-7, CVWR-20 and Training Command (TRACOM).

January 6, 1993 The Dwight D. Eisenhower enetered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

March 20, Capt. Alan M. Gemmill relieved Capt. William V. Cross as commanding officer of the CVN 69.

April 21, The Dwight D. Eisenhower moved from dry-dock to Pier 5 at NNSY.

November 12, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier returned to Naval Station Norfolk. Underway for sea trials from Dec. 6-9.

December 10, The Eisenhower departed again to conduct some flight testing, Cooperative Engagement Capabilty Testing (CECT) and CQ with the CVW-3. Returned home Dec. 20.

January 18, 1994 The Ike departed Norfolk to conduct sea trials and CQ with the Training Command. Underway in Virginia Capes (VACAPES) Op. Area to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availabilty (TSTA) II, Feb. 12-22.

On March 15, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed for a two-week Cooperative Engagement Capabilty Testing in the Jacksonville Area of Operation.

March 24, CVN 69 arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., for a five-day port visit and to pick up "Tigers". Underway off the coast of Virgina for Combat Systems Assessments and TSTA III/FEP, April 19-29.

May 19, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Intermediate Training Assessment (ITA) and CEC/TMD Testing in the Puerto Rican Op. Area.

June 1, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in Ponce, Puerto Rico, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on July 1.

July 18, The Ike departed Naval Station Norfolk for a nine-day Carrier Qualifications with TRACOM. Underway again off the coast of Virginia from Aug. 8-19.

From Sept. 8-12, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in major fleet exercise JTFEX 95-1, off the Virginia Capes.

September 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed for Port-au-Prince to spearhead Operation Uphold Democracy, the U.S. - led effort to restore the democratically elected government of Haiti. The carrier embarked almost 2,000 soldiers of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, including troops from the 10th Mountain Division and the Joint Special Operations Task Force (including SEALs and troops from the 16th USAF Special Operations Wing, the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment).

September 14, Two F-14A Tomcats, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 32, collided off the coast of North Carolina, while conducting routine training mission. One aircraft safely landed at MCAS Cherry Point, the other (#161150) crashed in the Atlantic Ocean; Pilot and RIO lost at sea.

October 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operation (AoO). This deployment marked the first time that women had deployed as crewmembers of a U.S. Navy combatant. CVN 69, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, and COMCRUDESGRU Eight team included more than 400 women.

November 5, The Eisenhower conducter turnover with USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Mediterranean Sea. On Nov. 12, the ship sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf, beginning its participation in Operation Southern Watch on the 15th. Port visit to Jebel Ali, U.A.E., from Nov. 20-22.

As the carrier returned to the Mediterranean on Dec. 13, six pilots and four Hornets from VFA-37 flew ashore to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, for a unique experimental forward deployed "fast reaction" detachment, demonstrating the feasibility of sending aircrew ashore while carriers steamed to get into position to counter Iraqi aggression. On Dec. 15, the Ike entered the Adriatic Sea in support of Operations Deny Flight, Sharp Guard and Provide Promise.

December 21, CVN 69 anchored off the coast of Cannes, France, for a six-day port visit.

January 13, 1995 The second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier anchored off Trieste, Italy, for a five-day port visit. Arrived in Naples on Jan. 24, for a six-day visit.

From February 6 through March 17, the Eisenhower operated in the eastern Mediterranean, including participation in Juniper Falconry III with the Israelis. Port visit to Haifa from Feb. 16-22 and Antalya, Turkey, March 6-11.

March 18, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Rhodes, Greece, for a four-day port visit.

March 31, The Ike arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a four-day port call. Departed Mediterranean on April 5, after relieved by USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

April 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to homeport after completing its eight major deployment.

July 17, The Eisenhower arrived at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company for an 18-month complex overhaul (COH). Entered the Dry Dock 11 on Oct. 11.

September 22, Capt. Gregory C. Brown relieved Capt. Alan M. Gemmill as CO of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

January 27, 1997 CVN 69 departed for two-day sea trials after completing the COH. From March 10-15, the Ike conducted Flight Deck Certification.

USS Diwght D. Eisenhower conducted Carrier Qualifications for Training Command (TRACOM) and Reserve Squadrons from March 20-27, April 14-28, May 14-23, June 11-26 and July 14-25. In April the ship also made a port visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In June visited New York City for Fleet Week.

August 13, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Norfolk for ISE and CQ. Returned home on Aug. 27, after a Tiger Cruise from Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

From Sept. 5-19, the Ike conducted Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) and CQ.

November 3, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed for a two-week underway period to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II. While visiting Nassau in the Bahamas, the ship was forced to emergency sortie with only her duty sections manned, and then performed a dangerous navigational detail as she returned during darkness.

Underway again from Dec. 9 through 18, for TSTA III and Final Evaluation Period (FEP).

February 8, 1998 An F-18C Hornet from VFA-81 crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, near Puerto Rico, following a cold cat shot. Lt. Cmdr. Tom Halley ejected safely.

June 10, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for its 10th major deployment.

During the first four-month of the deployment, CVN 69 operated in Adriatic Sea, in support of Operation Deliberate Forge, and in the Mediterranean. the Ike participated in exercises Matador from July 21-27, Fancy (Sept. 23-27) and Dynamic Mix (Oct. 5-13).

August 26, Capt. H. D. Starling, II relieved Capt. Gregory C. Brown as CO of the Eisenhower.

September 16, An F-18C Hornet from VFA-83 crashed in the western Mediterranean, during practice strafing run. The pilot ejected safely.

On Oct. 23, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier transited Suez Canal in support of Operation Southern Watch.

November 25, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group relieved USS Dwight D. Eisenhower BG on station in the Arabian Gulf.

December 10, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoO.

On February 4, 1999, the Ike returned to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

The Eisenhower and CVW-7 participated in several strenuous at-sea operations such as the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II/FEP in July, Compehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in August, the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in December, and various exercises to qualify its naval aviators (CQ). Port visit to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in October.

February 18, 2000 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.

After roughly three days of CQ, the carrier began its transit to the Mediterranean Sea, where made its first planned port visit to Trieste, Italy, from March 10-14.

March 30, The Eisenhower pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call after participating in exercise Juniper Stallion from March 20-26.

April 14, The second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier anchored off Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port visit.

April 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a week-long visit. Port visit to Dubrovnik, Croatia, from May 1-6.

May 12, The Ike anchored off the coast of Antalya, Turkey, for a five-day port visit.

May 20, USS Dwight D, Eisenhower transited Suez Canal to begin its support in Operation Southern Watch on station in the Arabian Gulf.

May 31, CVN 69 anchored off the coast of Sitra, Bahrain, for a four-day port call to Manama.

June 24, The Eisenhower pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day visit to Dubai. Another visit to Jebel Ali from July 15-19.

July 26, An F-14B, assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 11, crashed shortly after 1000 in the Saudi desert. A helicopter rescued both aircrew and flew them to Taif AB, where they recovered in "good health." During her final week on station, Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in Indigo Anvil, an exercise with the Saudi Arabians. The aircraft carrier transited Suez Canal on July 28.

August 4, The Ike anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portuga, for a four-day visit.

August 18, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned home after a two-day Tiger Cruise from Mayport, Fla., completing its eleventh major deployment. CVW-7 launched more than 7,700 sorties in six-month and droped more than 33,000 pounds of ordnance in support of OSW.

October 13, Capt. Mark T. McNally relieved Capt. H. Denby Starling as commanding officer of the CVN 69.

Following flight deck certification in November, the Eisenhower offloaded remaining ordnance to USS Enterprise and USS Detroit (AOE 4) before spending a day at sea with family and friends highlighted by an air show.

December 6, An S-3B, assigned to Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32, crashed at 1210 while performing a flight check in the mid-Atlantic, about 46 miles off the Florida coast. All crew members rescued with light injuries.

January 22, 2001 The Ike departed Norfolk to conduct carrier qualifications for TRACOM and Joint Shipboard Helicopter Integration Process (JSHIP).

On Feb. 7, Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a visit to Ft. Lauderdale. Returned home on Feb. 26 after conducting Fleet Carrier Qualifications (FCQ).

February 21, An T-45A Goshawk, assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 22, crashed at 5.30 p.m., approximately 80 n.m. from Mayport and about a mile from the Ike, while performing safety observer duties en route to the ship from NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Capt. Justin Sanders and Lt. Gregory S. Fulco were killed.

May 22, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding for its first and only refueling in 50-year life-span. The scope of work is valued at approximately $1.3 billion and includes the refueling of both the ship’s reactors, as well as significant modernization work. Work includes a major upgrade of the island house that will involve the shipyard removing the top two levels and replacing them. This action is driven by the installation of a new antenna mast that runs down along the island and will provide for better radar capabilities. The shipyard is also integrating a new radar tower aboard the Eisenhower. Maintenance and repair work will be performed below the ship’s waterline to include the application of a new paint system. In addition, the shipyard will be replacing nearly 3,000 valves and overhauling another 600 in various ship systems.

December 15, 2002 The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier moved from Dry Dock 11 to Outfitting Berth #1 at Newport News shipyard.

April 26, 2003 Capt. Charles E. Smith relieved Capt. Mark T. McNally as CO of the IKE.

December 15, The Department of Defense announced that it awarded Northrop Grumman a modification to the contract to extend the end date for the overhaul by another 11 weeks to November 6, 2004. This raised the total cost of the overhaul from $1.36 billion to $1.49 billion.

January 25, 2005 CVN 69 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after three-and-a-half year at Newport News, Virginia.

March 25, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was redelivered to the fleet, after a four-year, approximately $2.5 billion dollar Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) that brought state-of-the-art equipment and technology to one of America's premier fighting platforms.

April 5, The Eisenhower successfully completed flight deck certification in the Atlantic Ocean. Seventeen aircraft from VFA-37, VFA-105, VS-31, VAW-121 and HS-5 accomplished over 200 traps.

May 1, CVN 69 and CVW 7 are currently underway, off the East coast, conducting routine operations.

May 4, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower reached a significant milestone in her long and storied history trapping her 215,000th aircraft since the ship's commissioning in 1977.

May 9, The Ike returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing a ten-day shakedown underway period. This was the fourth time that carrier has been underway since completing its four-year, mid-life overhaul in March. The primary purpose of this underway was to give Ike's chain of command the opportunity to evaluate the readiness of the ship. It is scheduled to enter the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) this summer, where any remaining work will be completed. Following that, the ship will begin the process of becoming surge ready.

May 18, CVN 69 is currently underway conducting routine carrier operations with CVW 1.

May 25, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower opened her flight deck to the French Navy during Multi-National Maritime Exercise. MNME 05-1, which incorporates more than 17,000 Sailors from Canada, France, Great Britain, Spain and the United States, is one step in the certification of forces for the NATO Response Force (NRF).

September 1, Capt. James Cloyd relieved Capt. Charles E. Smith as CO of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during the change of command ceremony held aboard the carrier.

October 18, CVN 69 departed Norfolk for her first underway period since completing the repairs. The aircraft carrier successfully completed Sea Trials on Oct. 20th, marking another milestone in the warship’s long and storied career.

November 3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Enterprise, USS Harry S. Truman and fast combat support ship USNS Arctic are currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting ammunition offloads and underway replenishments.

November 10, Air Force Gen. Lance L. Smith took command of NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) during an assumption ceremony aboard the Eisenhower at the Norfolk Naval Station.

December 1, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Norfolk to conduct Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials and Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean.

December 17, CVN 69 took another step toward becoming surge ready, sucessfully completing Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) Dec. 13 and 14 by launching missiles for the first time in more than five years. Ike was previously armed with the Close-In Weapons System (CIWS); but during the overhaul, the carrier was outfitted with the new RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM).

January 25, 2006 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway off the Atlantic Coast conducting carrier qualifications. She hosted four squadrons throughout the CQ period, Jan. 25-28, and qualified 32 aviators.

February 16, The Ike and embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are currently underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Period in the Atlantic Ocean.

March 10, CVN 69 pulled into Pier 12 at Naval Station Norfolk, after a 25-day underway period and a score of Excellent on her Tailored Ship’s Training Availability and Final Evaluation Period (TSTA/FEP). The Afloat Training Group (ATG), embarked as trainers and evaluators, recommended Ike be considered Emergency Surge Ready.

March 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for an Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

April 3, Ike successefuly completed INSURV March 31. The weeklong inspection included both inport and underway aspects. The inspectors, easily recognizable in their grey coveralls, thoroughly looked at everything from nuts and bolts to habitability.

April 12, CVN 69 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), a major requirement for the Eisenhower Strike Group’s certification as ready for deployment.

April 24, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived at Port Everglades, Fla., for a port visit as part of the ship's current training schedule. The Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will remain at anchor off the coast. The port call is not related to the community's Fleet Week activities scheduled for the following week.

May 8, The Eisenhower CSG successfully completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise off the East Coast. COMPTUEX began with training for warfare commanders and the rest of the strike group in operational tasking and decision-making before a four-day port visit in South Florida. The exercise then moved into a scenario-driven portion, containing "battle problems" of increasing complexity and difficulty, as well as Blue Water Certification, which now allows Eisenhower and CVW-7 to operate without a divert airfield nearby.

May 25, CVN 69 is currently conducting routine operations off the East Coast.

June 22, The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier is currently underway conducting Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE).

July 21, More than 16,000 service members from five countries will participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2 "Operation Bold Step," July 21-31. Operation Bold Step will present U.S., interagency, and coalition forces with realistic and dynamic exercise threats that closely replicate operational challenges military forces routinely encounter around the world. JTFEX 06-2 serves as the forward-certifying event for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, and sustainment training for units from the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and USS Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group.

September 11, CVN 69 is currently underway off the coast of Virginia conducting carrier qualifications.

October 3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, after more than six-years, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

October 14, The Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.

October 17, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored Naples, Italy, for a four-day port visit.

October 25, The Ike recently anchored off the coast of Limassol, Cyprus, for a brief port call.

October 31, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted turnover with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) while transiting the Red Sea. The CSG transited Suez Canal on Oct. 30.

November 7, CVN 69 is currently underway in the Arabian Sea supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

November 18, Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 continue to provide close air support and reconnaissance to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on the ground in Afghanistan as part of Operation Eagle. After nine days of operations, they have flown 190 sorties, coordinating closely with coalition forces to counter anti-coalition militants, their movements and attacks, and to make a difference in providing for the safety and security of the people of Afghanistan.

December 11, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with the USS Anzio (CG 68), entered the Arabian Gulf. During 33 days of operations, in the Arabian Sea, the CVW-7 flew more than 4,000 hours and more than 680 sorties, providing close air support and reconnaissance to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops.

December 27, The Eisenhower departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a five-day port call.

January 8, 2007 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower recently joined USS Bunker Hill, USS Anzio and USS Ashland to support ongoing maritime security operations off the coast of Somalia, in an effort to capture al Qaeda terrorists attempting to flee the country.

February 7, CVN 69 is currently underway in the North Arabian Sea in support of OEF.

February 26, The Ike recently pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a liberty port visit to Dubai.

April 7, Cmdr. Christopher Rankin relieved Cmdr. Gordon Smith as CO of VAQ-140 "Patriots", during an aerial change-of-command ceremony in the Arabian Gulf.

April 16, The commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Capt. Scott "Sterno" Stearney, relieved the commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, Cmdr. Christopher Rankin, due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to lead his crew and carry out essential missions." The XO Cmdr. Timothy Murphy assumed temporary command.

May 4, The Eisenhower transited the Suez Canal after concluding operations in the 5th Fleet AoR. Inport Lisbon, Portugal, from May 12-16.

May 23, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a nearly eight-month deployment. By the end of the cruise, CVW 7 had completed 10,397 arrested landings, flew a total of 31,273 flight hours and expended more than 140 laser-guided bombs and Joint Direct Attack Munitions on numerous targets in support of ground forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

July 7, The Ike is currently underway for carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean.

July 23, Capt. Scott Stearney completed his 1,000th arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier. Since his first carrier arrested landing in 1983 aboard the USS Lexington (AVT 16), Stearney has accumulated more than 44,000 flight hours and has landed on more than 10 different carrier decks. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently conducting Joint Tactical Force Exercise with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG.

August 17, CVN 69 is currently underway conducting Carrier Qualifications (CQ).

November 16, Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne relieved Capt. Dan Cloyd as the 14th CO of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

December 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting ammunition offload and underway replenishments with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) ammunition ship USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34).

January 22, 2008 CVN 69 entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

August 1, The Eisenhower departed homeport for carrier qualifications in the VACAPES Op. Area after recently completing sea trials.

August 8, Vice Adm. Melvin G. Williams, Jr., relieved Vice Adm. Marty Chanik as Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, aboard the Ike at Naval Station Norfolk. The change-of-command also served as a retirement ceremony for Chanik after 35 years of naval service.

August 30, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise off the coast of Virginia.

September 25, The Eisenhower is currently underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Period (TSTA/FEP). The aircraft carrier departed Norfolk on Sept. 16 for carrier qualifications.

October 4, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Lemar Robinson was killed when he was hit by a plane, at 8:16 p.m. local time, during a training exercise off the coast of North Carolina.

October 23, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway for Carrier Qualifications (CQ). Underway again in mid-November.

January 8, 2009 CVN 69 is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

February 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

February 26, A Sailor went overboard at about 4:30 p.m. while the carrier is in transit in the Atlantic. He (she) was in the water less than 30 minutes before being recovered, and was not injured.

March 10, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Marseille, France, after a two-day port call.

March 21, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 launched its first combat sorties in support of OEF in Afghanistan.

May 16, CVN 69 moored at the newly-constructed Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, for a port visit to Manama. The last carrier to moor pierside in Bahrain was the 11,373-ton Commencement Bay-class escort aircraft carrier USS Rendova (CVE 114) in 1948.

June 20, Command Master Chief Jeffrey J. Garber was found dead in a berthing area aboard the Eisenhower at approximately 8:15 a.m. local time. Additional tests will be conducted to verify the indications of a natural death.

July 6, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG was relieved by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group in command of Task Force 50. Aircraft from CVW-7 flew more than 2,000 sorties in support of OEF in Afghanistan.

July 14, The Ike pulled into Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port call.

July 30, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a five-month deployment. The aircraft carrier made a brief stop at Naval Station Mayport on 28th to drop off members of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 5 and to pick up "Tigers".

September 9, French Air Force Gen. Stephane Abrial relieved USMC Gen. James N. Mattis as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) in a ceremony aboard the Eisenhower.

September 25, CVN 69 is currently underway for carrier qualifications in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.

November 5, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming deployment next year.

November 7, The Eisenhower responded to a distress call from a civilian vessel, approximately 300 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, resulting in the rescue of three Canadian civilian mariners from an overturned sailboat.

November 18, Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne and Cmdr. Joe W. Barnes, the XO of "Pukin' Dogs", completed their 1,000th carrier arrested landings within minutes of each other.

January 2, 2010 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk Naval Station for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

January 21, CVN 69 entered the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations (AoO), after transiting the Suez Canal.

January 28, Aircraft from CVW-7 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

February 16, Cmdr. Benjamin L. Hewlett relieved Cmdr. Thomas D. Bush as CO of the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

March 17, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a four-day port visit to Dubai.

March 18, Cmdr. Scott T. Farr relieved Cmdr. Timothy F. Murphy as CO of the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

March 31, An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to "Blutails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 crashed in the North Arabian Sea about 2 p.m. local time, five miles from the aircraft carrier, after returning from a mission in support of operations in Afganistan. Three of four crew members were rescued and returned to the Ike.

April 3, The Navy has ended the search for a missing Lt. Miroslav Steven Zilberman and declared him deceased.

June 10, The Eisenhower departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain, after a routine port call.

July 2, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG relieved USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group as Commander, Task Force 50 on station in the North Arabian Sea.

July 4, The IKE CSG entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting the Suez Canal. Since entering the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR, CVW 7 has flown more than 2900 sorties and totaled 17,700 cumulative flight hours in support of OEF.

July 6, CVN 69 arrived in Antalya, Turkey, for a three-day port visit.

July 13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a four-day port call.

July 26, The aircraft carrier pulled into Naval Station Mayport to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

July 28, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

August 13, Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock relieved Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne as commanding officer of CVN 69.

August 30, The Ike is currently underway off the coast of Virginia for ammunition offload with the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

September 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a scheduled Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

June 6, 2011 Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, relieved the Ike's XO Capt. Robert D. Gamberg following the completion of an investigation into allegations of an improper relationship. During the admiral's mast, it was determined that Gamberg was in violation of Uniform Code of Military Justice articles 133 (conduct unbecoming an officer) and 92 (failure to obey order or regulation).

June 15, CVN 69 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing two-day sea trials, following a nine-month maintenance period at NNSY.

June 28, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for CQ, with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 and 7.

July 2, A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) accomplished the first carrier touchdown of an F/A-18D surrogate aircraft, emulating an unmanned air vehicle, using systems developed as part of the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. The Hornet, assigned to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, was equipped with X-47B precision navigation control software that will allow the X-47B to operate from the deck of an aircraft carrier in 2013.

July 11, The Eisenhower is currently underway for a Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) off the coast of Virginia.

July 25, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Naval Station Mayport for a two-day port call.

August 3, The IKE returned home after one-week of carrier qualifications for Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM).

August 19, CVN 69 returned to Norfolk after a four-day underway for a maintenance material management (3M) inspection and FRS-CQ.

August 25, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Hurricane Irene.

September 12, The Eisenhower is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications.

October 12, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for a Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Phase (FEP).

March 9, 2012 The Ike is currently underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area.

March 16, The second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier recently departed homeport for a three-week underway period, with the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.

March 23, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower onloaded more than 1,000 tons of ordnance during the ammunition transfer with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), from March 21-22.

April 17, CVN 69 recently departed Naval Station Norfolk for routine training.

May 17, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG completed a 23-day Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the East Coast. Underway again for routine training on May 21.

June 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

July 2, An SH-60F, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5, rescued and transported the French pilot back to the Charles de Gaulle (R 91), after his Rafale M aircraft crashed approx. 80 miles east of Cartagena, Spain, shortly after 1400 local time.

July 3, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a three-day port visit.

July 13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Rhodes, Greece, for a three-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on July 18; Entered Arabian Gulf on July 25.

August 3, Cmdr. Dennis J. Vigeant relieved Cmdr. Frank B. Ogden as CO of the "Nightdippers" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the IKE.

August 9, Aircraft from CVW-7 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

August 16, Cmdr. Timothy D. Tippett relieved Cmdr. Jon M. Taylor as CO of the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

September 5, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port after a five-day port call to Bahrain.

October 23, The IKE pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day visit to Dubai.

November 21, By direction of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon E. Panetta, IKE’s current deployment is being curtailed in support of long-term national security objectives and life-cycle maintenance requirements. The aircraft carrier will return home before the Christmas holiday, along with the USS Hue City (CG 66), to resurface its flight deck and then deploy again for Middle East in Spring 2013. The remaining ships of the CSG will finish their deployments as originally scheduled.

December 1, CVN 69 returned to the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal. While on station in the North Arabian Sea, CVW 7 aircraft launched more than 3,000 combat sorties, delivering 10,000 pounds of ordnance in support of OEF.

December 2, Capt. Terry S. Morris relieved Capt. Samuel J. Paparo as Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Eisenhower.

December 4, Cmdr. Joe V. Martinez relieved Cmdr. Sean P. Higgins as CO of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

December 19, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment, three months earlier than scheduled.

February 21, 2013 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a Middle East deployment to replace the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), after USS Nimitz (CVN 68), that was previously scheduled to deploy last month, suffered mechanical problems in November 2012.

March 7, The IKE pulled into Marseille, France, for a three-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on March 16; Arrived on station in the North Arabian Sea on March 21; Launched its first combat sorties in support of OEF on March 24.

April 8, An F/A-18F, assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, crashed in the North Arabian Sea, about 12:20 p.m. local time, after experiencing an engine failure. Both crew members ejected safely and were rescued by an SH-60F Seahawk from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5.

April 23, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a five-day port call.

May 27, The Eisenhower pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a three-day visit to Dubai.

June 13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with USS Hue City, returned to Mediterranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal. While on station in the Arabian Sea, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 launched 1,367 combat sorties and flew more than 8,000 flight hours in support of OEF.

June 14, Rear Adm. Michael M. Gilday relieved Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the IKE.

June 17, Cmdr. Jesse W. Hilliker relieved Cmdr. Bobby Markovich as CO of the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

June 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port visit.

July 1, CVN 69 pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

July 3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a four-and-a-half month deployment.

July 19, Capt. Stephen T. Koehler relieved Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock as CO of the Eisenhower during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

August 8, The Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-day underway for ammo offload with the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13).

September 10, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Dry Dock #8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a 14-month Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA).

August 26, 2014 The IKE undocked and moored at Berth 42-43, Norfolk Naval Shipyard.