30 April 2010
Dear Friends and Family of IKE,
We are officially in the Third Quarter! The “5 Star Team” of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group returned to the waters off Pakistan today to continue our support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan after spending a few days in the Arabian Gulf to conduct exercises and to visit the port of Dubai, UAE. We are focused on maintaining the high levels of motivation and professionalism that led to our many successes so far this deployment.
The visit to Dubai was very productive and enjoyable. The four days in port allowed us to complete many maintenance actions that were difficult to perform underway. We were also able to load aboard lots of supplies and mail (thank you!). And, of course, we were able to enjoy the wonders of this modern Middle Eastern metropolitan city. We also hosted a reception onboard IKE that was sponsored by the Dubai Navy League where many of our Sailors had the chance to meet local supporters of the Navy.
You remain in our thoughts and prayers as we return to conducting daily flight operations. We appreciate the continuous love and support that you provide. We could not be successful without you!
Best wishes from IKE,
CAPT Dee L. Mewbourne, USN
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)