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US Navy Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to support Operation Inherent Resolve

According to information published by the U.S. Navy on April 3, 2021, the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) is deployed in the Red Sea to provide naval aviation support to Operation Inherent Resolve.


According to information published by the U.S. Navy on April 3, 2021, the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) is deployed in the Red Sea to provide naval aviation support to Operation Inherent Resolve.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The IKE CSG’s transit marks the first U.S. warships to pass through the Suez Canal since it reopened on March 29, 2021. (Picture source U.S. Navy)


Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) is the U.S. military's operational name for the International military intervention against the terrorist group ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), including both a campaign in Iraq and a campaign in Syria, with a closely related campaign in Libya.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), along with guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), completed a southbound Suez Canal transit into the Red Sea, April 2, 2021.

A carrier strike group (CSG) is a type of carrier battle group of the United States Navy. It is an operational formation composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, usually an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers or frigates, and a carrier air wing of 65 to 70 aircraft. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships, and a supply ship.

Deploying ships and aircraft of the strike group, commanded by Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, include flagship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61); Destroyer Squadron 22 ships include Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Mahan (DDG 72) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).

Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, embarked on Eisenhower include the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83; “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7; “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74; “Screwtops” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 123; “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, the “Rawhides”.