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Because of the carrier strike group’s actions and contributions during the deployment, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker has awarded the group with the Navy Unit Commendation award.
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The Eisenhower and the guided-missile cruiser San Jacinto pulled into Norfolk Naval Station on Aug. 9, following a seven-month deployment in which they operated in U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet.
The author believes one well-placed cruise missile or even a World War II torpedo could take out a modern aircraft carrier, but 90 years of success suggest these uniquely American weapons are here to stay.
By Geoffrey Norman, Military History Magazine