Eisenhower Restarts Operations against Islamic State

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Arabian Gulf Friday, July 22, 2016. (BOBBY BALDOCK/U.S. NAVY)
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Arabian Gulf Friday, July 22, 2016. (BOBBY BALDOCK/U.S. NAVY)

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.

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