USS Dwight D. Eisenhower begins sea trials
- March 30, 2019
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, has begun sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean after receiving upgrades.
The vessel underwent a scheduled planned incremental availability (PIA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).
Sea trials are currently underway off the coast of Virginia. NNSY engineers are onboard Ike to perform testing of the vessel.
Ike is conducting small-boat operations, testing countermeasure washdown systems, executing high-speed turns, and testing catapults, the Navy said.
“A disciplined and thoughtful approach to the basics brought us here,” ship commander Capt. Kyle Higgins said in a statement. “We’ve been training for this for quite some time and invested a tremendous amount of sweat along the way. The hard work every sailor put in over the past year and a half demonstrates we have the grit, knowledge, and drive to get this fine warship back to sea where she belongs.”