It was an event that changed the course of history.
70 years ago Monday, American Naval forces began the most pivotal naval battle in the Pacific war: the Battle of Midway. Where, despite being largely outnumbered, by nightfall of the first day of a three-day battle, the Japanese had last four carriers: Akagi, Kaga, Soryu and Hiryu. The U.S., only one: USS Yorktown (CV 5).
It was the Battle at Midway that ultimately turned the tide of World War II and brought American victory.
The Midway anniversary also marks the beginning of the revolution of Naval aviation, marking the aircraft carrier over the battleship as the mainstay of the U.S. Navy – a position it still holds.
The scene on board USS Yorktown (CV 5), shortly after she was hit by three Japanese bombs on 4 June 1942.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and its strike group, nearly 6,000 sailors, departed on a nine-month deployment last Wednesday, which the Navy says will be the longest of its type in a decade.
Typically lasting six to seven months, this group will have an extended stay at sea in order to allow other ships time for maintenance.
The Eisenhower, last deployed two years ago, will be taking the place of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
Fair winds and following seas, sailors!
Have you ever wondered what the final moments of an aircraft carrier looks like before it pulls away from the dock, and sets sail for months at sea? Wonder no more. Here’s a new the U.S. Navy has release of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) deployment last week.