USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Returns Home to Norfolk Following Six-Month Deployment

After six months at sea, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Sunday, July 18th.


Miliary officials say CVW-3 conducted a total of 6,100 sorties and 12,401 flight hours for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group’s deployment.

Cmdr. Michael Luebkert, commanding officer, Airborne Command and Control VAW-123 “Screwtops”, reflected on the squadron’s achievements during the 2021 CSG mission.

“I am honored to have been part of this great team.  It took a great deal of strength, focus, and effort from every member to overcome the many personal, professional, and tactical challenges we faced during this deployment,” said Luebkert. “I’m in awe of all the Sailors that make the difficult look easy and am proud to stand with my brothers and sisters from Carrier Air Wing Three and looking forward to having families reunite and the end of deployment.”

210629-N-EH898-1414 RED SEA (June 29, 2021) – An F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet, attached to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as the ship conducts a passing exercise with guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), left, and Egyptian Navy guided-missile frigate ENS Taba (FFG 916) in the Red Sea, June 29. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jorge Lebaron/Released)