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4.) Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Christopher Courtney assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six (EODMU-6), Det. 16 assist his team members during Special Purpose Insertion Extraction (SPIE) training from an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is deployed in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and the global war on terrorism.
The 40th Anniversary, commissioning of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Often described as vigilant, trustworthy, and capable, the attributes of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), could just as easily be attributed to her namesake and 34th president of the United States.
Initially reluctant to run for office, Eisenhower used leadership traits that he honed as a Supreme Allied Commander in the Second World War to tackle some of the country’s most formidable problems, including signing the Civil Rights Bill of 1957, the Federal Highway Aid Act of 1956, balancing the budget, ending the Korean War and keeping America at peace despite dealing with a slew of Cold War crises.
Today, Eisenhower or “Ike,” as he was nicknamed is recognized by many historians as one of America’s most successful presidents and still embodies the moral qualities that leaders strive for. Despite his numerous accomplishments as president Ike was considered by many to be the embodiment of the citizen-soldier. Upon his death March 28, 1969, the family elected to have him buried in his uniform, in a standard $80 Government Issue casket commonly used for soldiers.
Embodying the former president’s virtues, the Navy chose to name its second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and commissioned her October 18, 1977, at Pier 12 at Norfolk Naval station. Blistering with the latest in technological marvels, Ike has served on numerous deployments in both peacetime and war since her launch. Her speed, firepower and complement of 90 aircraft will ensure Ike will continue to live up to her namesake for years to come.