‘Ike’ strikes

US Navy air power has played a crucial role in Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, most recently underpinned by the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (C VN 69). Ioannis Lekkas joins the embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 ‘Battle Axe’ to discover how crews notched up an impressive sortie tally to help suppor t missions countering the so-called Islamic State.

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F/A-18C BuNo 165221/’AC-300’ of VFA-131 ‘Wildcats’ blasts off from the ‘Eisenhower’ during operations in the Mediterranean in December.
Ioannis Lekkas
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The busy flight deck with E-2C, F/A-18C and F/A-18E in the middle of a launch and recovery cycle.
Ioannis Lekkas

THE USS Dwight D Eisenhower Carrier

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