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 Pier 2 on Naval Station Norolk.

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; Anchored off the coast of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, from Jan. 21-23.

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, Georgia; Returned to Norfolk on March 18.

March 28, The Eisenhower arrived in Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Entered the dry-dock on April 8; Undocked on 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; Anchored off Ft. Lauderdale from Nov. 24-26; Conducted Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) from Nov. 27- Dec 1; Returned home on Dec. 4.

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; Turnover with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in the Mediterranean Sea on Feb. ?.

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 Eisenhower 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 for upkeep from March 20- April 3.

April 10, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Athens, Greece, for a five-day port call; Inport Livorno, Italy, from April 17-21; Participated in a "multi-dimensional warfare" exercise MULTIPLEX 1-79, involving dual battle group training with USS America (CV 66), in the Ionian Sea from 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, Portugal, for a week-long port visit.

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

July 13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to 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 Pier 2 on Naval Station Norfolk.

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; Underway again for CQ with FRS and Training Command from Nov. 26- Dec. 8.

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

February 20, CVN 69 departed Norfolk for Type Training II off Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Port visit to St. Thomas from March 2-5; Conducted 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 Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Singapore for a five-day liberty port visit.

December 9, The Ike departed U.S. 7th Fleet AoR after relieved by USS Independence (CV 62).

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

Janury 28, 1981 The Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for sea trials on May 11.

May 27, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for Fleet Carrier Qualfications; Underway for CQ and Father/Son Cruise from June 8-13; Underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA), in the Guantanamo Bay Op. Area, on June 17; Anchored off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, from July 2-6.

July 3, Capt. Edward W. Clexton, Jr., relieved Capt. James H. Mauldin as 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 Op. Area.

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; Anchored off Portsmouth, England, from Sept. 24-29; Returned to Norfolk on Oct. 7.

October 28, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a four-week Type Training Phase III and Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area; Inport 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; Anchored in Tangier Harbor again from Feb. 22-28; Participated in exercise Sardinia from March 1-8.

March 15, The Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port call; Anchored off Athens, Greece, from March 24-31.

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.

From April 10-12, the Eisenhower conducted training anchorage in Souda Bay, Crete; Inport Alexandria, Egypt, from April 14-18.

April 26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off Naples, Italy, for a six-day visit; Participating in exercise Distant Drum, in the Tyrehenian Sea, from May 2-16. Anchored off Naples again for upkeep period from May 17-31.

June 11, CVN 69 anchored off the coast of Monte-Carlo for a four-day visit to the tiny Principiality of Monaco.

From June 15-27, the Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and was involved in Lebanon evacuation on June 24; Anchored off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from June 30- July 3.

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 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 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, Fla., for a four-day port visit and to embark 200 male "Tigers;" Returned to Norfolk on Feb. 5.

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

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.

From April 29-30, the Eisenhower participated in exercise Solid Shield after completing the Refresher Training (REFTRA) for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, off the coast of Virginia.

May 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower relieved the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as flagship for Commander, Battle Force, U.S. 6th Fleet, in the Mediterranean Sea; Anchored off Naples, Italy, from May 11-15.

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, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Taranto, Italy, for a four-day port call after participating in exercise Distant Drum, with British, Canadian, French, Italian and Turkish forces, from May 16-27; Inport Athens, Greece, for upkeep from June 18-28.

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

July 9, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naples Harbor after an eight-day liberty visit for dual carrier operations with the USS Coral Sea (CV 43) in the cental and western Mediterranean; Inport Livorno, Italy, from July 16-20.

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, the 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; Arrived off the coast of Beirut on Aug. 26.

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.

From October 6-10, The Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in exercise Display Determination, in the Aegean Sea, with the British and Turkish Navy.

October 21, USS Dwight D. 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 1-20, the Eisenhower, along with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and USS Independence (CV 62), operated off the coast of Lebanon.

December 2, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment.

April 17, 1984 The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Newport News Shipyard for three-day underway to conduct sea trials, following a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area on May 8.

May 28, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, for a two-day port visit; Anchored off Portsmouth, England, from June 1-5.

From June 6-7, the Ike sailed off the coast of Normandy, France, to participate in the 40th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings of World War II; Inport Brest, France, from June 9-14; Returned home on June 20.

June 26, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for FRS Carrier Qualifications.

July 6, Capt. Richard C. Macke relieved Capt. Edward W. Clexton, Jr., as commanding officer of the CVN 69.

From July 10-19, the Eisenhower conducted Refresher Training Phase 1A in the Jacksonville Operating Area; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on July 20; Underway for Refresher Training Phase 1B, in the Puerto Rican Op. Area, on Aug. 9; Inport St. Thomas from Aug. 17-22.

From August 22-25, the Ike conducted Refresher Training Phase II; Participated in MSR Harpoon firing exercise from Aug. 26-30; Conducted ORE from Aug. 31- Sept. 4; Returned home on Sept. ?; Emergency sortied to evade the Tropical Storm Gustav and Hurricane Fran on Sept. 12.

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.

From October 26-27, the Eisenhower conducted a turnover with USS America (CV 66) in Augusta Bay, Sicilty; Conducted operations in the eastern Mediterranean from Nov. 1-20; Participated in a joint air defense exercise Se Wind, with Egyptian forces, from Nov. 5-7; Anchored off Athens, Greece, from Nov. 21-25.

December 2, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a nine-day port call; Anchored in Naples Harbor for upkeep period from Dec. 21- Jan. 2.

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, CVN 69 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; Anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for upkeep from Feb. 18-25.

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; Turnover with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in Augusta Bay, Sicily, from April 21-23; Departed the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR on April 27; Anchored off the coast of Bermuda, to disembark the Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT Staff and to pick up "Tigers," on May 5.

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; Participated in READIEX 2-85 with the USS Saratoga (CV 60) and several surface and submarine units from July 17-21; Inport Bridgetown, Barbados, from July 23-27.

From July 27- Aug. 4, the Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted training in the Panama Op. Area; Anchored off Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Aug. 5-9; Conducted operations off the eastern coast of Guatemala and Honduras, after a heightened tensions resulting from fighting against Marxist rebels in the region, in mid-August; Returned home on Aug. 22.

From Sept. 9-19, the Eisenhower conducted carrier qualifications with the Reserve Carrier Air Wing (CVWR) 20, off the coast of Virginia; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on Sept. 21; Moved "dead-stick" to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, to avoid the Hurricane Gloria, on Sept. 27; Underway for exercise Ocean Safari on Oct. ?.

October 26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 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; Anchored off La Guaira port, Venezuela, for a goodwill visit to Caracas from July 8-12; Underway for Refresher Training on Aug. 14.

August 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower recorded its 100,000th arrested landing, while underway in Virginia Capes Op. Area.

From August 28- Sept. 5, the Eisenhower was underway for Carrier Qualifications (CQ); Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on Sept. 6; Underway again for CQ from Sept. 29- Oct. 3.

From October 20-30, the Dwight D. Eisenhower was operating off the coast of Virginia for Advance Phase Carrier Qualifications; Anchored off the coast of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, V.I., from Nov. 4-8; Returned home on Nov. 23; Underway again on Dec. 1.

December 4, The Eisenhower arrived in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a three-day port call; Returned to Norfolk on Dec. 10; Underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area from Dec. 11-16.

January 11, 1988 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a two-week underway period, to conduct 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 the USS Coral Sea (CV 43); Anchored off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, fron March 18-25; Anchored off Toulon, France, from March 29- April 4.

April 11, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Marseille, France, for a week-long libert port visit; Anchored off Augusta Bay, Sicily, for training from April 21-22; Anchored off the coast of Cannes, France, from April 24-30.

From May 2-15, the Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in all three phases of exercise Dragon Hammer in the Aegean, Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas; Anchored again in Augusta Bay from May 16-19; Anchored off Antalya, Turkey, from May 23-27.

From May 30- June 3, the Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in a multi-force exercise Poopdeck, in the eastern Mediterranean; Anchored off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a liberty port visit from June 19-29; Participated in exercise Optimize '88, with various NATO sea and air units, from June 20-24.

June 27, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for an eight-day upkeep; Anchored off Haifa, Israel, before participating in a combined exercise Juniper Falconry, from July 10-11; Anchored off Haifa again from July 15-17.

July 26, The Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Livorno, Italy, for a week-long port visit; Anchored off Cannes, France, from Aug. 8-15; Conducted turnover with the John F. Kennedy (CV 67) on Aug. 16; Embarked several hundred male "Tigers" off the coast of Bermuda on Aug. 27.

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. The accident resulted in an estimated $2 million damage to the aircraft carrier.

September 27, Capt. Joseph. J. Dantone relieved Capt. Gary L. Beck as the 6th commanding officer of 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 underway for 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; Underway for Carrier Qualifications (CQ), off the coast of Virginia, from March 20-2?.

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 a joint exercise Solid Shield '89, while underway in the Cherry Point Op. Area; Underway for Fleet Carrier Qualifications from July 14-20; Underway for CQ with the CVWR-20 from July 24- Aug. 3; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 5; Underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA), in Virginia Capes Op. Area, on Sept. 18.

October 6, The Ike departed Norfolk for Advanced Phase Training in the Cherry Point Op. Area; Anchored off the coast of Port Everglades, Fla., for a liberty visit to Ft. Lauderdale from Oct. 20-23.

October 31, A rogue wave struck elevator #2, while the Eisenhower was underway about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., 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 Op. Area.

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

From March 20-27, the Eisenhower participated in exercise National Week 90B, with the USS Forrestal (CV 59) Battle Group; Anchored in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for turnover from 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; Participated in a joint exercise Distant Thunder 90-1, with the British and Turkish naval forces, from April 14-21.

April 22, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Haifa, Israel, for a week-long liberty port visit; Participated in exercise Dragon Hammer, consisting of combined operations, coordinated air defense, and maritime and amphibious training, from April 29- May 15.

May 18, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Cannes, France, for a week-long liberty port visit in conjunction with the International Film Festival; Deployed 4 F/A-18A Hornets to Sidi Ahmed Airfield, Tunisia, to conduct dissimilar air combat training, from May 20-24.

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

June 15, The Ike anchored off the coast of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a week-long liberty port visit; Inport Marseille, France, from June 25-29; Anchored off Monaco from July 2-6; Anchored off Cannes, France, from July 12-20; Anchored off Naples, Italy, from July 27- Aug. 2; Transited the Suez Canal southbound on Aug. 8.

From August 9-23, the Dwight D. Eisenhower supported Operation Desert Shield, serving as a ready striking force in the event Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia and also participated in maritime interception operations in support of a United National embargo against Iraq; Conducted turnover with the USS Saratoga (CV 60), while underway in the Red Sea, on Aug. 23.

September 1, The Eisenhower anchored again in Augusta Bay, Sicily, to conduct turnover with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).

September 12, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

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

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

March 18, 1991 The Eisenhower departed homeport for a 10-day underway, in the Virginia Capes and Cherry Point Op. Areas, to conduct Refresher Training; Underway for TRACOM-CQ, in the Jacksonville Op. Area, on April 15.

April 19, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day libert visit. More than 50,000 people visited the ship during the "Open house" weekend; Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Apri 2?; Underway for Fleet Carrier Qualifications from May 15-22.

June 3, The Eisenhower departed homeport for Advanced Phase Training in the Puerto Rican Operating Area; Port visit to St. Thomas, V.I., from June 14-18; Returned home in late June; Underway for Fleet CQ off the coast of Virginia from July 5-?.

July 23, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk to participate in FLEETEX 4-91, in the Puerto Rican Op. Area; Returned home on Aug. ?; Underway for Training CQ and Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE), in the Key West Op. Area, from Aug. 16-2?; Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on Aug. 31.

September 26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed 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.

October 13, The Dwight D. Eisenhower BG transited the Suez Canal southbound; Relieved the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Red Sea on Oct. 17; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on Oct. 31.

November 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day libert port visit; Anchored off Dubai again from Nov. 27- Dec. 4 and Dec. 22- Jan. 2.

From January 3-13, 1992, the Eisenhower participated in a joint U.S. and Saudi naval exercise Red Reef III, in the Gulf of Oman and northern Arabian Sea; Five F-14Bs deployed to Shaikh Isa, Bahrain, to participate in a joint aerial exercise Neon Arrow from Jan. 20-26.

January 21, CVN 69 anchored off the coast of Dubai, U.A.E., for a five-day liberty port visit; Participated in a joint strike exercise Eager Archer with the Kuwaitis in late January; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on Feb. 4; Participated in exercise Beacon Flash, in the northern Arabian Sea, from 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; Conducted turnover with the USS America (CV 66) on Feb. 26; Transited the Suez Canal northbound on Feb. 27.

March 1, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a five-day liberty port visit.

From March 10-21, the Ike participated in NATO exercise Teamwork '92 off the coast of Scotland, that postponed her own scheduled homecoming by a week, but allowed USS Saratoga (CV 60) to return home sooner.

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

June 17, The Eisenhower departed homeport for a two-week underway to conduct CQ with the CVW-7 and TRACOM, in the Virginia Capes and Cherry Point Op. Areas; Underway for Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) preparations from July 20-24; Underway for Fleet/TRACOM CQ and ORSE, in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville Op. Area, on Aug. 5.

August 15, The Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day port call; Returned to Norfolk on Aug. 2?; Underway again for Fleet CQ, off the coast of Virginia, on Sept. 10; After conducting ammo offload with the USS Suribachi (AE 34), returned home on Sep. 22; Underway for CVW-7, CVWR-20 and Training Command (TRACOM) CQ from Nov. 4-20.

January 6, 1993 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a 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 undocked and moored at Pier 5 on Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Nov. 12; Underway for sea trials from Dec. 6-9.

December 10, The Eisenhower departed homeport for flight deck certification, Cooperative Engagement Capabilty Testing (CECT) and CQ with the CVW-3; Returned home Dec. 20.

January 18, 1994 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for sea trials and TRACOM-CQ; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availabilty (TSTA) II, in the Virginia Capes Op. Area, from Feb. 12-22; Underway for Cooperative Engagement Capabilty Testing, in the Jacksonville Op. Area, on March 15.

March 24, The Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., for a five-day port visit and to embark "Tigers;" Returned home on March 3?; Underway for Combat Systems Assessments and TSTA III/FEP from April 19-29; Underway for Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Intermediate Training Assessment (ITA) and CEC/TMD Testing on May 19.

June 1, The Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Ponce, Puerto Rico, for a three-day port visit; Returned home on July 1; Underway for TRACOM-CQ from July 18-27; Underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area from Aug. 8-19.

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

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 were lost at sea.

October 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. This deployment marked the first time that women had deployed as crewmember of a U.S. Navy combatant.

November 5, The Eisenhower conducter turnover with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Mediterranean Sea; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on Nov. 12; Commenced combat sorties in support of Operation Southern Watch on Nov. 15.

November 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a two-day liberty port visit to Dubai; Transited the Suez Canal northbound on Dec. 13; Entered the Adriatic Sea in support of Operations Deny Flight, Sharp Guard and Provide Promise on Dec. 15; Anchored off the coast of Cannes, France, from Dec. 21-27.

January 13, 1995 The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier anchored off Trieste, Italy, for a five-day liberty port visit; Anchored off Naples from Jan. 24-30.

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

March 18, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Rhodes, Greece, for a four-day liberty port visit; Anchored off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from March 31- April 4; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on April 5, after relieved by USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

April 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a six-month deployment.

July 17, The Dwight D. Eisenhower moved to 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 the 9th commanding officer of CVN 69.

January 27, 1997 USS Diwght D. Eisenhower departed Newport News shipyard for sea trials; Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Jan. 29; Underway for flight deck certification from March 10-15; Underway again from March 20-27; Underway for TRACOM-CQ on April 14.

April 1?, The Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a scheduled visit to Ft. Lauderdale; Returned home on April 28; Underway again from May 14-23; Underway en route to New York City, to participate in Fleet Week celebration, on June 11.

June 26, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier returned to Naval Station Norfolk; Underway again from July 14-25; Underway for Independent Steaming Exercise (ISE) and CQ on Aug. 13. Returned home, after a Tiger Cruise from Naval Station Mayport, on Aug. 27; Underway for Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) and CQ from Sept. 5-19.

November 3, The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport 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.

From December 9-18, the Eisenhower was underway 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.

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.

During the first four-month of the deployment, the Eisenhower was underway in Adriatic Sea, in support of Operation Deliberate Forge, and in the Mediterranean; Participated in exercise Matador from July 21-27, exercise Fancy from Sept. 23-27 and exercise Dynamic Mix from Oct. 5-13; Transited the Suez Canal southbound, in support of Operation Southern Watch, on Oct. 23.

November 25, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group relieved the 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 AoR.

February 4, 1999 The Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

In July, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II/FEP; Underway for Compehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on August ?.

October ?, The Eisenhower anchored off the coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a scheduled port visit; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in December.

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

March 10, CVN 69 anchored off the coast of Trieste, Italy, for a four-day liberty port visit; Participating in exercise Juniper Stallion from March 20-26; Inport Souda Bay, Greece, from March 30- April ?; Anchored off Haifa, Israel, from April 14-18.

April 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a week-long liberty visit; Inport Dubrovnik, Croatia, from May 1-6; Anchored off Antalya, Turkey, from May 12-17; Transited the Suez Canal southbound, in support of Operation Southern Watch, on May 20.

May 31, The Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Sitrah, Bahrain, for a four-day port call to Manama.

June 24, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai; Inport Jebel Ali again 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."

July 28, The Dwight D. Eisenhower BG transited the Suez Canal northbound; Anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, from Aug. 4-8.

August 18, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a two-day Tiger Cruise from Mayport, Fla., following a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. The aircraft from CVW-7 launched more than 7,700 sorties and droped 33,000 pounds of ordnance in support of OSW, the first combat weapons droped in Ike's history.

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

November 9, The Eisenhower returned to homeport after a six-day underway for flight deck certification and ammo offload with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Detroit (AOE 4); Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Nov. 11; Underway for FRS/TRACOM CQ on Nov. 30.

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

December 11, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk; Underway for TRACOM-CQ and Joint Shipboard Helicopter Integration Process (JSHIP) on Jan. 22.

February 7, 2001 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a scheduled visit to Ft. Lauderdale.

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 Eisenhower, while performing safety observer duties en route to the ship from NAS Jacksonville. Capt. Justin Sanders and Lt. Gregory S. Fulco were killed.

February 26, The Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk.

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 the 12th commanding officer of CVN 69.

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 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk.

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 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to homeport 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; Underway again on May 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 the Eisenhower during the change of command ceremony aboard the ship.

October 20, CVN 69 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a two-day underway for sea trials, following a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Underway for flight deck certification and CQ on Oct. 2?.

From November 3-6, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted ammo onload with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8); Returned home on Nov. 7.

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 Naval Station Norfolk.

December 1, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) and Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ; Successfully launched new RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) on Dec. 14.

From January 25-28, 2006, the Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted Carrier Qualifications (CQ) for Naval Air Training Command (TRACOM).

March 10, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 12 on Naval Station Norfolk after a 25-day underway for Tailored Ship’s Training Availability and Final Evaluation Period (TSTA/FEP).

March 20, The Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for an Inspection and Survey (INSURV); Underway for INSURV assessment from March 29-30; Underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on April 12.

April 24, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Port Everglades, Florida. The port call is not related to the community's Fleet Week activities scheduled for the following week; Returned home on May 8; Underway for TRACOM-CQ and Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE) from June 1?-2?.

July 20, CVN 69 recently departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2 "Operation Bold Step;" Underway for FRS-CQ on Sept. ?.

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

October 14, The Eisenhower CSG entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting the Strait of Gibraltar; Anchored off Naples, Italy, from Oct. 17-21.

October 25, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower recently anchored off the coast of Limassol, Cyprus, for a scheduled port call; Transited the Suez Canal southbound on Oct. 30; Conducted turnover with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) on Oct. 31.

November 7, The Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway in the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS Saipan (LHA 2) on Nov. 20.

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

December 22, The Eisenhower moored at Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a five-day liberty visit to Dubai.

January 8, 2007 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower recently joined the USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Anzio and USS Ashland (LSD 48) 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, Capt. Scott "Sterno" Stearney, Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 relieved the CO 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 Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG transited the Suez Canal northbound; Anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, from May 12-16.

May 23, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Norfolk after a nearly eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. 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 recently departed homeport for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ.

July 23, Capt. Scott Stearney completed his 1,000th arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier, while the Eisenhower is underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG; Returned home on Aug. ?; Underway for TRACOM-CQ in mid-August and late September.

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

December 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway for ammunition offload with the USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34).

January 22, 2008 CVN 69 entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA); Underway for sea trials on July 2?; Underway for flight deck certification and CQ, in the VACAPES Op. Area, on Aug. 1.

August 8, Vice Adm. Melvin G. Williams, Jr., relieved Vice Adm. Marty Chanik as Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Ike at Naval Station Norfolk.

August 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower recently departed homeport for TRACOM-CQ; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 30; Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Period (TSTA/FEP) on Sept. 16.

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, while the Eisenhower was underway off the coast of North Carolina.

November 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower recently departed homeport for routine training and Carrier Qualifications (CQ) with the CVW-3; Returned to Norfolk on Nov. 2?.

January 7, 2009 The Dwight D. Eisenhower recently departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

February 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed 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 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Leon Gourret Cruise Terminal in Marseille, France, for a two-day liberty port call.

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

May 16, The Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at the newly-constructed Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, for a liberty 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.

July 6, The 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 combat sorties in support of OEF in Afghanistan.

July 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day liberty port visit; Moored at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief stop to drop off members of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 5 and to embark "Tigers" on July 28.

July 30, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a five-month deployment.

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 Eisenhower 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); 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 Eisenhower pulled into Marseille, France, for a three-day port visit; Transited the 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 liberty 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.

August 28, 2015 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed NNSY for sea trials after an extended 23-month availability; Moored at Pier 14 North, Naval Station Norfolk on Sept. 1.

September 4, The Eisenhower departed homeport for a 17-day underway to conduct flight deck certifications and CVW-3/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications (CQ); Underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ on Sept. 27.

October 2, Two F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, landed for the first time aboard the IKE, for a week-long Developmental Testing II (DT-II) period, off the coast of Virginia.

From October 13-14, the Dwight D. Eisenhower onloaded more than 2 million pounds of ordnance during an ammunition transfer with the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5); Moored at Pier 12N on Oct. 15; Underway for FRS/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications (CQ) from Nov. 2-13.

November 18, Capt. Paul C. Spedero, Jr., relieved Capt. Stephen T. Koehler as the 17th CO of Dwight D. Eisenhower during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Pier 14N.

November 21, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for a 24-day underway to conduct Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP), with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3.

December 1, Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson relieved Rear Adm. Bruce H. Lindsey as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

December 16, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-day underway to conduct operational testing of the MK-53 Decoy Launching System (Nulka), in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.

February 7, 2016 An MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to the "Tridents" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, rescued five distressed mariners from the U.S.-flagged S/V Selket, at approximately 40 miles off the coast of Miami, Fla., around 7 p.m. EST. They were medically evaluated aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower before being transferred to USCG Air Station Miami in Opa-locka.

February 11, The Eisenhower moored at Pier 12N on Naval Station Norfolk after a 15-day underway for INSURV preparations, FRS/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications (CQ) and ammo onload with the USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12); Underway for INSURV rehearsal from Feb. 17-18; Underway for INSURV assessment from Feb. 23-24.

March 4, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 14N on Naval Station Norfolk after a four-day underway for a Mobile Training Team (MTT) inspection and burials at sea.

March 18, Eight Sailors on board the Eisenhower were injured this afternoon when an arresting gear parted during a routine landing by an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, while the ship was conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Virginia. Two of them have been transported to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and four to the Norfolk Sentara General Hospital for treatment. The aircraft safely returned to Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field.

April 14, CVN 69 returned to homeport after a 29-day underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX); Underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area from April 18-22; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on April 24.

June 1, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Pier 14S, Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

June 13, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.

June 16, The Eisenhower, along with USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Mason (DDG 87), participated in exercise Flotta Verde in the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the ITS San Marco (L 9893), ITS Andrea Doria (D 553), ITS Bersagliere (F 584), ITS Comandante Cigala Fulgosi (P 490), ITS Etna (A 5326), ITS Stromboli (A 5327) and Italian Sauro-class submarine.

June 17, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, for a four-day liberty port visit; Participated in an air defense exercise (ADEX) with Turkish Naval Forces on June 25.

June 28, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, while the Ike was underway in the eastern Mediterranean.

July 4, Cmdr. Daniel W. Testa relieved Cmdr. Teague R. Laguens as CO of the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

July 6, Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Farmer relieved Cmdr. David B. Freeman as CO of the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

July 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with USS San Jacinto, USS Nitze (DDG 94) and USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), transited the Suez Canal southbound; Transited the Bab-el Mandeb Strait on July 12; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on July 21.

July 24, Cmdr. Jeffrey Farmer, CO of VFA-131, completed his 1,000th arrested landing on board the aircraft carrier with the trap of an F/A-18C Hornet, while the Ike was underway in the North Arabian Gulf.

August 13, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a four-day liberty visit to Manama.

September 7, Cmdr. R. Wade Blizzard relieved Cmdr. Tracey J. Gendreau as CO of the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

September 11, A female Sailor, assigned to CVW-3, gave birth to a seven-pound girl, while the Eisenhower was underway in the Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy official said the mother claimed to be unaware of the pregnancy after she visited the medical department on Saturday, complaining of stomach pains.

September 14, Rear Adm. James J. Malloy relieved Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson, Jr., as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Ike, while on station in the Arabian Gulf.

September 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Berth 58/59, Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai.

November 1, The Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Berth 6, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) for a four-day liberty visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

November 25, Commodore Andrew Burns relieved Rear Adm. James J. Malloy as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 50 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 69, while underway in the central Arabian Gulf. This marks the first time a Royal Navy flagship, HMS Ocean (L12), will lead a U.S. task force in the Middle East.

November 26, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with USS San Jacinto, transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound; Transited the Bab-el Mandeb Strait northbound, escorted by USS Port Royal (CG 73), on Nov. 29.

December 2, Capt. Marc J. Miguez relieved Capt. Jeffrey T. Anderson as Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 69, while underway in the Red Sea.

December 4, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with USS San Jacinto and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal.

December 5, Cmdr. Mitchell S. McCallister relieved Cmdr. Andrew P. Mariner as CO of the "Gunslingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

December 6, The Eisenhower commenced dual carrier operations, with the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91), while underway in the eastern Mediterranean in support of OIR.

December 6, Cmdr. Brendan R. Stickles relieved Cmdr. Eric J. Sinibaldi as CO of the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Ike.

December 7, Cmdr. Darryl B. Martin relieved Cmdr. Jason L. Chuderwicz as CO of the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Ike.

December 12, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower concluded its support in Operation Inherent Resolve. The CVW-3 launched 1,900 combat sorties and expended more than 1,4 million pounds of ordnance, on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, from both the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.

December 16, CVN 69 moored at Berth 163, Leon Gourret Cruise Terminal in Marseille, France, for a four-day liberty port visit; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar westbound, escorted by USS Porter (DDG 78), on Dec. 22.

December 30, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 14N on Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment.

February 4, 2017 The Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for an 11-day underway to conduct FRS/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications (CQ); Underway again for FRS/TRACOM CQ from March 14-23; Underway for a Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) from March 30- April 13; Moved to Pier 11S on May 8; Underway for routine training from May 16-19.

June 5, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 11S on Naval Station Norfolk after a five-day underway for FRS-CQ; Underway for ammo offload with the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) on June 19.

June 27, The Ike participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81), USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339), HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701) and HMCS Moncton (MM 708), while underway off the coast of Halifax. 

June 28, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchored at Anchorage #1 in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, for a week-long port visit, to participate in the 150th Canada Day celebration, first by U.S. aircraft carrier in nearly 18 years.

July 7, The Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 11S on Naval Station Norfolk; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 8.

July 13, Rear Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, Jr., relieved Rear Adm. James J. Malloy as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Eisenhower at Pier 11.

July 24, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed homeport for a 10-day underway to conduct Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ.

August 4, Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News Shipbuilding was awarded a $36,4 million contract for the Eisenhower's Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). Work is expected to be completed by March 2018.

August 5, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Super Pier 5, Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia; Commenced availability on Sept. 17.

August 9, 2018 Capt. Kyle P. Higgins relieved Capt. Paul C. Spedero, Jr., as CO of the Eisenhower during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

November 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moved "dead-stick" from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Pier 11S on Naval Station Norfolk.

April 1, 2019 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 12N on Naval Station Norfolk after a four-day underway for sea trials, following an extended 18-month availability; Underway for flight deck certification and CQ with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 on April 8.

April 18, An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263, landed for the first time on board the Eisenhower, while underway off the coast of Virginia.

April 19, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 12N on Naval Station Norfolk; Underway for FRS/TRACOM CQ, in the Cherry Point and Jacksonville Op. Areas, from April 26- May 8; Underway again for TRACOM-CQ from June 7-17.

June 21, Rear Adm. Paul J. Schlise relieved Rear Adm. John F. Meier as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Ike.

July 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Naval Station Norfolk for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ; Underway in the Key West Op. Area from July 15-16; Arrived off the coast of Virginia on July 18; Returned home on July 19; Underway for INSURV rehearsal from July 23-24; Underway for INSURV assessment from Aug. 6-7; Underway again on Aug. 11.

From August 12-15, the Eisenhower received approximately 1,200 tons of ordnance during the ammunition onload with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5).

August 16, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 12N on Naval Station Norfolk; Emergency sortied due to Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 4; Returned home on Sept. 7; Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP), with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, on Sept. 9.

September 28, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), HMS Dragon (D35) and HNLMS De Ruyter (F 804), while underway off the coast of South Carolina; Returned home on Sept. 29.

December 12, CVN 69 moored at Pier 14S on Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-day underway, off the coast of Virginia, for FRS-CQ.

January 17, 2020 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

February 13, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 recently completed the Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), in the Cherry Point, Jacksonville and Charleston Op. Areas; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), while underway off the coast of North Carolina, on Feb. 18.

February 23, The Eisenhower conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Laramie (T-AO 203), while transiting the Atlantic Ocean eastbound; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar eastbound, along with the USS San Jacinto, USS James E. Williams and USS Truxtun, on Feb. 29.

March 3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in a PHOTOEX with the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91), FS Chevalier Paul (D621) and USS San Jacinto, while underway off the east coast of Sicily; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Robert E. Peary on March 4; Transited the Suez Canal southbound on March 9; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait on March 13.

March 18, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in a PHOTOEX with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), as a "show of force" while underway in the North Arabian Sea; Participated in a PHOTOEX again on March 21.

March 23, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 recently launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan.

April 1, The Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Robert E. Peary, while underway in the North Arabian Sea; Participated in a PHOTOEX with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) on April 2; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) on April 13; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) on April 22.

April 26, Cmdr. Chad K. Upright relieved Cmdr. Theodore J. Elkins as CO of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony, while underway in the North Arabian Sea.

May 1, Cmdr. Daniel M. Murphy, II relieved Cmdr. Thomas J. Eisenstatt as CO of the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

May 3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower conducted a replenishment-at-sea, while underway in the North Arabian Sea; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea again on May 11 and 18th.

May 19, Rear Adm. Brendan R. McLane relieved Rear Adm. Paul J. Schlise as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the CVN 69.

June 3, Capt. Zoah Scheneman relieved Capt. William K. Shafley, III as Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Eisenhower, while underway in the North Arabian Sea.

July 20, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with the USS San Jacinto and USS Truxtun, transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound; Transited the Suez Canal on July 24; Participated in an air defense exercise (ADEX) with the HS Aigaion (F 460), in the vicinity of Crete, from July 25-26; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) on July 27; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar westbound on July 30.

August 9, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 14N on Naval Station Norfolk after 205 consecutive days at sea, breaking the previous record set by USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 2002 by 44 days.

September 27, The Dwight D. Eisenhower moored at Pier 14N after a four-day underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ; Underway for Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) from Sept. 29- Oct. 11.