NORFOLK -- Navy families are used to separations, but the upcoming deployment of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group will be three months longer than usual.
The Navy confirmed to 13News that the ships and their nearly 6,000 Sailors at Norfolk and Mayport, Florida will leave June 20 for nine months.
Ships of the IKE CSG are USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the guided missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill and USS Jason Dunham - all from Norfolk - and the Florida-based guided missile cruiser USS Hue City and the guided missile destroyer USS Farragut.
This is USSJason Dunham's maiden deployment. She was comissioned in November 2010.
The aircraft squadrons of CVW 7 embarked aboard IKE are: The squadrons of CVW-7 include strike fighter squadrons VFA-143 'Pukin Dogs', VFA-131 'Wildcats', VFA-83 'Rampagers' and VFA-103 'Jolly Rogers'; tactical electronics warfare squadron VAQ-140 'Patriots'; carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW-121 'Bluetails'; Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 'Rawhides and helicopter anti-submarine squadron HS-5 'Nightdippers.'
The Navy says the sailors will conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.