IKE left Mediterranean Sea

Yesterday, the Carrier Strike Group of the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) left the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal and entered the Red Sea. The American aircraft carrier is heading to the Persian Gulf, where it will operate in the coming months.

At first, the IKE, as the unit is nicknamed, was supposed to relieve the USS Ford in the Mediterranean, but given the worsening of the crisis in the Middle East (and the danger posed by Iran), the US Navy extended the Ford’s stay in the Mediterranean and moved the Eisenhower to the Persian Gulf.

The two units did not operate together in the Mediterranean, except for a few hours to provide a photo opportunity, but then their paths diverged. The USS Ford continues to operate south of Cyprus, where it has been for several weeks.

It is worth remembering that the Esienhower CSG is composed of:

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