Navy Lt. Jerry A. Waddell and Navy Fireman Benjamin E. Weston recently returned from deployment to the Mediterranean Sea while serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
During the six-month deployment, they participated in various exercises and operations, including Operation Desert Shield.
At the start of Operation Desert Shield, the Eisenhower and its battle group was directed to the Red Sea where they conducted maritime interception operations and coordinated with air, ground, and Naval components of the multinational force in the region.
In the Mediterranean, the Eisenhower and its battle group continued their support of Operation Desert Shield. The return of the battle group demonstrates the flexibility of our Navy and its ability to provide and sustain the Naval presence required by operational commanders.