USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: Dwight USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) completed sea trials June 15, marking another milestone in the warship’s long and storied career. During the sea trials, the aircraft carrier engaged in high-speed turns and various other tests. Along with testing the ship and its equipment, Sailors participated in drills ranging from man overboard to general quarters, as well as various other evolutions.As the crew took their ship out to sea, it was proven that IKE can withstand the rigors of at-sea operations following a nine-month pierside shipyard availability period.“At this stage, I could not be happier to see the way the crew and this ship have responded,” said Commander Paul A. Beckley, IKE’s operations officer. “[The maintenance period] was critically important to the longterm maintenance of IKE, and the shipyard did an outstanding job.”IKE’s crew accomplished nearly three hundred Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) items in three days.“Whatever needed to be done was done at the end of the day,” said Quartermaster 3rd Class Taquia Stokes from IKE’s navigation department.“I’m looking forward to getting to do the job I joined the Navy to do,” Stokes added.The sea trials tested IKE materially and physically, said Beckley. “It is a testament to the crew that we were able to do this safely and with pride,” he added.Eisenhower’s crew enhanced many of the communication systems, ship’s radio systems, telephone systems and combat systems suites. Basic maintenance and habitability upkeep, tiling, lagging and painting were done as well.During the availability, more than 260,000 man days of work were completed and major jobs such as refitting the reactor training spaces, main coolant check valve replacement and a brand new media center.“We came out of the shipyard in better shape than when we entered it,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Tommy Hernandez, of IKE’s deck department.The crew’s extensive training during the availability, was key in preparing themselves for the arduous task of getting IKE underway after a long layoff.Sailors’ training during the planned incremental availability (PIA) prepared them to get the ship back to the fleet and transition to being operational “mainly by preparing for AIRLANT-directed training evaluations and conducting general quarters drills, reviewing all watchbills, and performing additional medical, navigation, and air drills,” said LCDR Brock Miller, IKE’s training officer.Now that IKE has successfully completed the PIA, she has commenced at-sea operations, working toward becoming surge ready. Her next major milestone will be flight deck certification. Those evolutions, along with on-loading ammunition and preparing for INSURV, will allow IKE to increase its combat readiness.[mappress]Source: navy, June 16, 2011; View post tag: sea View post tag: News by topic USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials View post tag: Navy View post tag: trials View post tag: Eisenhower View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials June 16, 2011 View post tag: completes Share this articlelast_img read more

CONCACAF unveils rejigged qualifying format for 2022 World Cup

first_imgThe second-round winners will join the top-five sides in the CONCACAF rankings — Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras — in the eight-team final round where each team plays 14 matches, home and away, against the other seven.The top three teams from the final round, which will begin in June 2021, will qualify for the World Cup while the fourth-placed team will face an Intercontinental Playoff in June 2022.CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said the new format has some fail-safes built in it, including rescheduling certain FIFA international match windows, should any novel coronavirus-related hurdles surface.”There are some mechanisms built in where we can pivot if we need to,” he said on a conference call. “But if ’21 starts mimicking 2020 well then I think it’s not just CONCACAF that has to go back to the drawing board it’s the entire football world.”Under the usual format for CONCACAF’S final round of World Cup qualifying, known as the Hex, the top six countries in the region’s rankings battled for three World Cup places while the fourth-placed team advanced to a playoff.  Topics : CONCACAF has unveiled a new qualification format for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after COVID-19 forced a rejig of the usual system, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean said on Monday.The new format, which will feature all 35 of the region’s members, has been split into three rounds with the first being played in October and November with teams ranked from No. 6 to No. 35 in CONCACAF as of July 16 drawn into six groups of five.The second round, to be played in March 2021, will feature the six group winners from the first phase playing against each other in pre-drawn match-ups to determine which three teams advance to the third and final round.last_img read more