Video: Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Enters Mediterranean

USS Eisenhower Strait of Gibraltar
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.

Megan Eckstein | USNI

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean Sea yesterday, officially putting two aircraft carriers in the Med for simultaneous operations for the first time since sequestration limited funding for deployments.

The Ike CSG continues to perform Great Green Fleet operations, as it has since entering U.S. 6th Fleet on June 8. As part of the GGF deployment, Ike and its associated ships will conduct a multi-day passing exercise with the Italian navy’s Flotta Verde (Green Fleet), during which an Italian oiler will refuel Ike CSG ships with an advanced alternative fuel, according to a U.S. Navy statement.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower transits through into the Mediterranean Sea.

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“Ike CSG ships are the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet initiative, which emphasizes use of energy conservation measures as a key combat enabler to allow ships to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower,” according to the statement.

The Harry S. Truman CSG, on the other hand, continues its strike mission against ISIS targets from the Mediterranean.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.
Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Strait of Gibraltar
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.
USS Eisenhower flight deck
Sailors from the crash and salvage team stow fire hoses on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during transit through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.
he aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.
he aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.

SOURCE: USNI