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Have you, a family member or friend served or is currently serving aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)? Send us your photos of Ike deployed around the globe. Send pictures to photos@acibc.org. We’ll be sharing your photos on Facebook and Twitter and posting them to our Flickr page.
Since its first deployment in 1978, Eisenhower has projected U.S. diplomacy and strength across the globe. In 1990, Ike was the first carrier to conduct sustained operations in the Red Sea and participated in maritime interception operations in support of a United Nations embargo against Iraq. During the first Gulf War, Ike was ready to aid allies in the Arabian Gulf to continue multinational operations in support of Operation Desert Storm. In 1994 Dwight D. Eisenhower spearheaded Operation Uphold Democracy, the U.S.-led effort to restore the democratically elected government of Haiti.
Most recently, in 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower completed its deployment after conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation engagements, and commanding and controlling support operations for coalition forces in Afghanistan.
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Have you, a family member or friend served or is currently serving aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)? Send us your photos of Ike deployed around the globe. Send pictures to photos@acibc.org. We’ll be sharing your photos on Facebook and Twitter and posting them to our Flickr page.

Since its first deployment in 1978, Eisenhower has projected U.S. diplomacy and strength across the globe. In 1990, Ike was the first carrier to conduct sustained operations in the Red Sea and participated in maritime interception operations in support of a United Nations embargo against Iraq. During the first Gulf War, Ike was ready to aid allies in the Arabian Gulf to continue multinational operations in support of Operation Desert Storm. In 1994 Dwight D. Eisenhower spearheaded Operation Uphold Democracy, the U.S.-led effort to restore the democratically elected government of Haiti.

Most recently, in 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower completed its deployment after conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation engagements, and commanding and controlling support operations for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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An aircraft carrier is a powerful instrument of diplomacy. As sovereign U.S. territory that can easily patrol international waters protecting power and strength, aircraft carriers are vital in maintaining relations with our allied nations. 
USS George Washington’s (CVN 73) Asia-Pacific presence is a perfect example of how carriers project diplomatic strength. The carrier recently completed a five-day port call to South Korea and a joint-maritime exercise with South Korean battleships. During the visit, George Washington assisted in community events and held a tour and welcome reception for Korean business, civic and military leaders – further strengthening diplomatic relations with the country.
Since 2008 George Washington has been homeported in Japan as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF). The placement of a forward-deployed carrier allows the U.S. to quickly project power in the Eastern Pacific and also respond to humanitarian missions—such as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis and the aftermath of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 
As George Washington is scheduled to undergo its midlife Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH)— which prepares the ship for the next half of its 50-year life—USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will replace Washington in Japan in the summer of 2015. This carrier rotation highlights how critical an 11 carrier fleet is to maintaining the U.S. Navy global presence and strength. 
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An aircraft carrier is a powerful instrument of diplomacy. As sovereign U.S. territory that can easily patrol international waters protecting power and strength, aircraft carriers are vital in maintaining relations with our allied nations. 

USS George Washington’s (CVN 73) Asia-Pacific presence is a perfect example of how carriers project diplomatic strength. The carrier recently completed a five-day port call to South Korea and a joint-maritime exercise with South Korean battleships. During the visit, George Washington assisted in community events and held a tour and welcome reception for Korean business, civic and military leaders – further strengthening diplomatic relations with the country.

Since 2008 George Washington has been homeported in Japan as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF). The placement of a forward-deployed carrier allows the U.S. to quickly project power in the Eastern Pacific and also respond to humanitarian missions—such as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis and the aftermath of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

As George Washington is scheduled to undergo its midlife Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH)— which prepares the ship for the next half of its 50-year life—USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will replace Washington in Japan in the summer of 2015. This carrier rotation highlights how critical an 11 carrier fleet is to maintaining the U.S. Navy global presence and strength. 

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Over 90 percent of world trade is moved by sea, including much of the world’s gas and oil supply. U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and their strike forces are continuously on patrol in vital regions of the world to keep shipping lanes open, protect the interests of the United States and its allies, and preserve Americans’ freedom and way of life.
With unprecedented technology and unmatched capabilities, U.S. Navy carriers deliver a one-of-a-kind mix of combat power and humanitarian relief to every corner of the globe. Like CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert stated, the need for U.S. Navy carriers to be deployed around the world has only increased. It’s imperative that our nation maintains at least an 11-carrier fleet to be ready now and in the foreseeable future. 
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Over 90 percent of world trade is moved by sea, including much of the world’s gas and oil supply. U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and their strike forces are continuously on patrol in vital regions of the world to keep shipping lanes open, protect the interests of the United States and its allies, and preserve Americans’ freedom and way of life.

With unprecedented technology and unmatched capabilities, U.S. Navy carriers deliver a one-of-a-kind mix of combat power and humanitarian relief to every corner of the globe. Like CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert stated, the need for U.S. Navy carriers to be deployed around the world has only increased. It’s imperative that our nation maintains at least an 11-carrier fleet to be ready now and in the foreseeable future. 

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Former and current sailors, friends and families who served aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), we want to see your flight operations photos! Send us your pictures to photos@acibc.org and we’ll be posting your photos to our Flickr account. 
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is currently deployed in the Arabian Gulf in support of security operations in the region. With the sudden, increasing unrest in Iraq, last month Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel summoned USS George H.W. Bush to be stationed in the region. Bush was the first to respond and arrive in the Arabian Gulf bringing along other naval ships as additional support. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) ability to react and be present in the region immediately showcased its flexibility and the crucial importance of having enough carriers available for crisis situations.

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Former and current sailors, friends and families who served aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), we want to see your flight operations photos! Send us your pictures to photos@acibc.org and we’ll be posting your photos to our Flickr account

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is currently deployed in the Arabian Gulf in support of security operations in the region. With the sudden, increasing unrest in Iraq, last month Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel summoned USS George H.W. Bush to be stationed in the region. Bush was the first to respond and arrive in the Arabian Gulf bringing along other naval ships as additional support. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) ability to react and be present in the region immediately showcased its flexibility and the crucial importance of having enough carriers available for crisis situations.

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In a recent interview with Military Officer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert discussed the impact of the Budget Control Act’s (BCA) funding reduction levels on the U.S. Navy’s mission capabilities:

“The question now is what happens in 2016 and out. In terms of the 10 missions the Navy has under the current defense strategy, I can’t do at least four under a BCA sequestration scenario. It also will seriously hurt shipbuilding and our industrial base.”

The uncertainty of future funding levels threatens the on-time work of the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – the next two carriers scheduled for their midlife modernization. During a RCOH — which all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the midpoint of their 50-year life cycle — a carrier’s nuclear fuel is replenished and the ship’s services and infrastructure are upgraded and modernized with new technologies that enable the ship to respond to future challenges and continue to play a vital role in our national defense for another 25 years. It is critical that the U.S. Navy maintains a shipbuilding schedule with 11 carriers so it can sustain the strategic surge capacity that is required of it.
A minimum of 11 carriers is vital for our national security and protecting American interests around the globe. As future funding decisions are made about the Navy’s carrier fleet, Congress must remember Rear Admiral Thomas Moore statement, “We’re an 11-carrier Navy in a 15-carrier world.”
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In a recent interview with Military Officer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert discussed the impact of the Budget Control Act’s (BCA) funding reduction levels on the U.S. Navy’s mission capabilities:

“The question now is what happens in 2016 and out. In terms of the 10 missions the Navy has under the current defense strategy, I can’t do at least four under a BCA sequestration scenario. It also will seriously hurt shipbuilding and our industrial base.”

The uncertainty of future funding levels threatens the on-time work of the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – the next two carriers scheduled for their midlife modernization. During a RCOH — which all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the midpoint of their 50-year life cycle — a carrier’s nuclear fuel is replenished and the ship’s services and infrastructure are upgraded and modernized with new technologies that enable the ship to respond to future challenges and continue to play a vital role in our national defense for another 25 years. It is critical that the U.S. Navy maintains a shipbuilding schedule with 11 carriers so it can sustain the strategic surge capacity that is required of it.

A minimum of 11 carriers is vital for our national security and protecting American interests around the globe. As future funding decisions are made about the Navy’s carrier fleet, Congress must remember Rear Admiral Thomas Moore statement, “We’re an 11-carrier Navy in a 15-carrier world.”

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Today commemorates the 24th anniversary of the christening ceremony of USS George Washington (CVN 73). On July 21, 1990, the ship was christened by her sponsor, First Lady Barbara Bush, at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Since her commissioning in 1992, USS George Washington has served our country on being where it matters, when it matters. In November 2013 the George Washington Strike Group traveled to the Philippines to provide relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Five-thousand U.S. Navy sailors delivered food, water and medicine to the 11 million people left homeless by the strongest storm to ever hit landfall. Aircraft were also available from George Washington’s carrier strike group to distribute supplies, providing search and rescue, and transportation to and from isolated areas affected by the devastating typhoon. The carrier’s ability to serve up to 20,000 meals a day also proved crucial to helping those affected by the typhoon.

As natural disasters continue to be random and unexpected, it remains crucial that the presence of carriers stays strong. When disaster strikes suddenly around the globe, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are prepared and able to provide necessary relief.  As we celebrate its christening anniversary, we remember the accomplishments of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and anticipate the future aid it will provide to those in crisis. 

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“The ability to station and supply a Navy/Marine Corps Team anywhere around the globe, ready for immediate combat, demonstrates, yet again, why the U.S. Navy Fleets of Carrier Battle Groups and ARG/MEUs are invaluable assets for American military power projection.” – Ed Timperlake
With rising political and sectarian tension near the Persian Gulf, it is imperative that U.S. Navy carrier forces are present and ready to provide humanitarian aid and project necessary power in the efforts for stability within the country. When unrest erupted recently in Iraq, U.S. Navy forces were quick to respond. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) was the first to arrive in the area with necessary airpower as well as a carrier fleet of escort ships and guided missile cruisers. The ability of Bush and fellow U.S. Navy ships to react immediately in the Persian Gulf accounts significantly for the number of civilian lives saved and efforts to regain stability for the country.
As emphasized in Ed Timperlake’s article, the notion of “presence matters” is ever important. The rapid first response of George H.W. Bush to lend military enforcement and civilian aid to Iraq is tremendous evidence that U.S. Navy carriers are a most valuable asset that must continue to be funded and deployed. Aircraft carriers emphasize a global combat force for good – they provide significant enforcement in crisis areas around the world. They possess major capabilities to carry out advanced, dangerous missions successfully. And in the recent case of Iraq, carriers and their strike groups are first responders for governments and civilians in need.
No matter where in the world, aircraft carriers are deployed where it matters, when it matters.  
Photo Source: U.S. Navy

“The ability to station and supply a Navy/Marine Corps Team anywhere around the globe, ready for immediate combat, demonstrates, yet again, why the U.S. Navy Fleets of Carrier Battle Groups and ARG/MEUs are invaluable assets for American military power projection.” – Ed Timperlake

With rising political and sectarian tension near the Persian Gulf, it is imperative that U.S. Navy carrier forces are present and ready to provide humanitarian aid and project necessary power in the efforts for stability within the country. When unrest erupted recently in Iraq, U.S. Navy forces were quick to respond. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) was the first to arrive in the area with necessary airpower as well as a carrier fleet of escort ships and guided missile cruisers. The ability of Bush and fellow U.S. Navy ships to react immediately in the Persian Gulf accounts significantly for the number of civilian lives saved and efforts to regain stability for the country.

As emphasized in Ed Timperlake’s article, the notion of “presence matters” is ever important. The rapid first response of George H.W. Bush to lend military enforcement and civilian aid to Iraq is tremendous evidence that U.S. Navy carriers are a most valuable asset that must continue to be funded and deployed. Aircraft carriers emphasize a global combat force for good – they provide significant enforcement in crisis areas around the world. They possess major capabilities to carry out advanced, dangerous missions successfully. And in the recent case of Iraq, carriers and their strike groups are first responders for governments and civilians in need.

No matter where in the world, aircraft carriers are deployed where it matters, when it matters.  

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The future of carrier aviation lies in Ford-class carriers. Ford-class carriers will possess advanced aviation capabilities that exceed those of the current carrier fleet. The electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) will replace older steam versions and enable a smoother, more efficient launch for aircraft, which are predicted to increase flight missions per day by 25 percent. EMALS combined with the increased flight deck area and other ship enhancements allow for the improved sortie generation rate.
Photo sources: Huntington Ingalls Industries and U.S. Navy

The future of carrier aviation lies in Ford-class carriers. Ford-class carriers will possess advanced aviation capabilities that exceed those of the current carrier fleet. The electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) will replace older steam versions and enable a smoother, more efficient launch for aircraft, which are predicted to increase flight missions per day by 25 percent. EMALS combined with the increased flight deck area and other ship enhancements allow for the improved sortie generation rate.

Photo sources: Huntington Ingalls Industries and U.S. Navy