The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is en route to the Middle East via a Suez Canal transit on completion of its operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USNI reported.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) had approached the Port Said entrance to the canal on Friday morning local time.
The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and its carrier strike group have started conducting flight operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The U.S. Navy said Carrier Air Wing 3′s flight operations against the ISIS commenced March 31 from the Mediterranean Sea, where the Navy can support three different combatant commands.
“Our Strike Group is ready and capable of providing direct, long-range combat operational air support from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea,” said Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, commander of Carrier Strike Group 2 in the U.S. Navy’s press release.
“CSG-2′s presence in U.S. Sixth Fleet shows the flexibility of our naval forces to conduct operations whenever and wherever necessary,” Robertson added. “We can provide a wide range of options to our nation and allies in deterring adversarial aggression and disruption of maritime security and regional stability.
Eisenhower has been operating in the Mediterranean since March 8, made port visits, and conducted several exercises to improve relationships and cooperation with regional allies.
The Turkish Armed Forces conducted joint training in the Eastern Mediterranean with US naval elements. In his post on the Twitter account of the Ministry of National Defense,
“We continue our joint training and close cooperation with our allies in the Eastern Mediterranean. The frigate TCG GEMLİK has been conducting multiple passing exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean together with the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Aircraft Carrier Strike Group.”
made statements. The transition exercise with the Turkish Navy’s Gabya-class TCG Gemlik (F-492) frigate was based on partnership capabilities using NATO operational and tactical procedures.
“It is a pleasure working with our Turkish Allies and continuing to build upon a 70-year foundation of shared values and experiences. Conducting operations with Turkish Naval forces demonstrates America’s commitment to our like-minded allies and supports the notion that we are far stronger and more capable to uphold free and open conditions at sea when we stand together.” said Rear Adm. Scott Robertson, Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO.