Navy: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returns to Norfolk Friday morning

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower crosses the Atlantic Ocean on December 23, 2016. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Facebook)
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower crosses the Atlantic Ocean on December 23, 2016. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Facebook)

More than 6,000 sailors will be home in time to ring in the New Year with their loved ones. Carrier Strike Group 10 is scheduled to reach Naval Station Norfolk on Friday morning, Dec. 30.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto and guided missile destroyers USS Mason and USS Nitze deployed on June 1. The deployment was Ike’s fifteenth since its commission in 1977.

The USS Roosevelt is returning to its homeport of NS Mayport, Fla.

During the seven-month deployment, the strike group served in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas conducting combat missions and launching F/A-18 strikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq and provided maritime security.  The strike group played paramount roles in Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Odyssey Resolve and Operation Oaken Steel.

The USS Mason defended itself and other U.S. ships from multiple missiles during the week of Oct. 9 while conducting operations in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb Strait. The U.S. Navy said that sailors aboard the USS Nitze swiftly carried out a Tomahawk strike against three sites on the Yemeni coast.

“The performance of the Ike CSG has been impressive,” said Rear Adm. Jim Malloy, commander of CSG 10, in a recent news release. “This team is combat proven and dedicated to the mission. They understand the importance of working with our coalition partners from the region and around the globe and feel a sense urgency to defeat ISIL and protect innocent lives.”

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Amy Poulter has lived in more than a dozen cities – including New York, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando and Jersey City – but she was born right here in the Southside. Amy graduated from Old Dominion University and worked for The Virginian-Pilot and Princess Anne Independent News before joining Southside Daily. Before working as a multimedia journalist, she was a professional chef and musician. In her free time, Amy enjoys listening to music, reading, spending time at the beach and chasing her two pups around the park.