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Rep. Courtney Honors Sailors Onboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower

October 2, 2020
Press Release

 “I rise today to salute the extraordinary efforts of the officers and crew of the U.S.S. Dwight D Eisenhower carrier strike group,” said Congressman Courtney. “These dedicated sailors deployed in late January, navigating over 60,000 nautical miles from Norfolk, VA to the Arabian sea, conducting 166 sorties and 1,135 flight hours in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in the Arabian Sea.

“This group deserves special recognition for their successful deployment, in which COVID restrictions prevented the traditional port visits. Upon returning to port on August 10th, the crew of the Mighty Ike was underway for an astounding 206 consecutive days. To the officers and crew—including two constituents from eastern Connecticut, Petty Officer Ashley Maratta from Amston, and Lt. Charles Peck from Old Lyme, an aviator on his first deployment who I proudly nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy in 2011—I say ‘Bravo Zulu’, the Sea Service signal for ‘job well done’. Thank you all for your service.”

In January, Rep. Courtney and a bipartisan group of Representatives visited the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower to observe some of the at-sea capabilities of U.S. Navy. During the visit, Courtney was able to meet with Connecticut sailors serving onboard the aircraft carrier, including Lt. Charles Peck and others. Click here to learn more.