MANAMA, Bahrain -- The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 renewed operations against the Islamic State group on Friday, after a brief break while transiting from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf, a Navy statement said.
From June 28 to July 8, Ike launched 116 sorties from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea supporting the 19-nation air coalition combating the militant group in Iraq and Syria.
The addition of the aircraft carrier to the campaign comes a week after an attempted military coup in Turkey that briefly halted air strikes from Incirlik air base -- a key hub in the air war against Islamic State positions.
The versatility and power of an aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing are a welcome addition as the U.S. continues to accelerate operations in the region.
This is Ike's first operations in the Persian Gulf since 2013.