USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) left Naval Station Norfolk (VA) on 12 January 2020 for a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) ahead of an upcoming deployment.
The carrier is expected to complete the COMPTUEX off the East Coast of the United States and subsequently most likely set course to the Middle East to relieve the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) carrier strike group (CSG). A US 2nd Fleet spokesperson was not able to elaborate about the details of the IKE CSG deployment, but Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said earlier in January 2021 that the US Navy will likely continue its constant carrier presence in US Central Command for the foreseeable future.
The start of the deployment is the second within a year for the carrier. Last month, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) CGS left homeport Naval Base San Diego (CA) for its own second deployment within a year. These are called double-pump deployments
In August 2020, Eisenhower concluded a 7-month deployment without touching land and primarily operating in the North Arabian Sea before returning to Norfolk.
Carrier Air Wing THREE is embarked on the Eisenhower and the wing looks as follows
VFA-32 Swordsmen, F/A-18F, AC-1xx
VFA-83 Rampagers F/A-18E, AC-2xx
VFA-131 Wildcats, F/A-18E, AC-300
VFA-105 Gunslingers, F/A-18E, AC-4xx
VAQ-130 Zappers, EA-18G, AC-5xx
VAW-123 Screwtops, E-2C-2000NP, AC-6xx
HSC-7 Dusty Dogs, MH-60S, AC-61x
HSM-74 Swamp Foxes, MH-60R, AC-7xx
VRC-40 Det.4 Rawhides, C-2A, xx
Photos by US Navy