A report shows that the Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier group left for the United States on December 26 with an arrival scheduled for December 30. It seems that its replacement, aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush will only arrive on January 20.
The carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower has been involved in missions against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, with the usual procedure for exiting being only when the new ship arrived at a location. George H. W. Bush ship is still in the Norfolk, Virginia base and it doesn’t seem to be leaving until President-Elect Donald Trump takes office. This will make a gap of two months without a carrier in the Middle East.
There is the danger of offensive military moves during this absence from the terrorist ISIS or countries like Russia, China, North Korea or Iran as there may be a power vacuum in the area.
This gap in carrier presence in the region is not a surprise based on when the replacement ship arrived at the port and when it would be scheduled to leave. The Bush carrier group took longer than expected to repair, which is a big reason for their departure delay. It appears the military personnel who work on the carrier have had setbacks, layoffs, and funding issues which may be another reason for this gap.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier currently in service with the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1977, the ship is the second of the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers currently in service and is the first ship named after the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.