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Ships of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2
13 February 2021

“Receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is a great step in reinforcing the health and safety of our Sailors,” said Capt. Scott A. Jones, commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22. “Our overall success begins with quality care of our sailors on the frontlines.”

The vaccines will be administered by Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (CNSL).

Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Catayvia Curtis receives a COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Catayvia Curtis receives a COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Dean Cates
VIRIN: 210213-N-RG587-1083
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Command Master Chief Cedric Marks, left, Capt. Michael Desmond, center, and Cmdr. Robert Ireland, pose for a photo after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Command Master Chief Cedric Marks, left, Capt. Michael Desmond, center, and Cmdr. Robert Ireland, pose for a photo after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Dean Cates
VIRIN: 210213-N-RG587-1070
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Capt. Michael Desmond, commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) receives a COVID-19 vaccination, Feb. 13, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Capt. Michael Desmond, commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) receives a COVID-19 vaccination, Feb. 13, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates)
Photo By: MC2 Dean Cates
VIRIN: 210213-N-RG587-1057
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Austin Hurt, from Las Vegas, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Command Master Chief Logan Johnson, command master chief of the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). Mitscher is currently pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb J. Sarten)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Austin Hurt, from Las Vegas, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Command Master Chief Logan Johnson, command master chief of the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). Mitscher is currently pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb J. Sarten)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kaleb Sarten
VIRIN: 210213-N-QD512-1020
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kevin Martinez, left, from San Jacinto, California, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Cmdr. Dominic Kramer, executive officer of the Arleigh- Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). Mitscher is currently pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb J. Sarten)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kevin Martinez, left, from San Jacinto, California, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Cmdr. Dominic Kramer, executive officer of the Arleigh- Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). Mitscher is currently pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb J. Sarten)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kaleb Sarten
VIRIN: 210213-N-QD512-1018
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Retail Service Specialist Seaman Jamison Hammond receives the COVID-19 vaccine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Retail Service Specialist Seaman Jamison Hammond receives the COVID-19 vaccine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Photo By: Seaman Ryan Childress
VIRIN: 210213-N-FD648-1048
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician Sheena Gonzalez receives the COVID-19 vaccine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician Sheena Gonzalez receives the COVID-19 vaccine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Photo By: Seaman Ryan Childress
VIRIN: 210213-N-FD648-1041
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Hospitalman Kemerovo Averhart prepares a COVID-19 vaccine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Hospitalman Kemerovo Averhart prepares a COVID-19 vaccine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Photo By: Seaman Ryan Childress
VIRIN: 210213-N-FD648-1038
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Cmdr. Samuel Higginbottom, executive officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), receives the COVID-19 vaccine, Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Sailors receive the COVID-19 vaccine aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72).
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NORFOLK (Feb. 13, 2021) Cmdr. Samuel Higginbottom, executive officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), receives the COVID-19 vaccine, Feb. 13, 2021. Mahan is pier side conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Childress)
Photo By: Seaman Ryan Childress
VIRIN: 210213-N-FD648-1031


"The pandemic has challenged the Vella Gulf team in unprecedented and unique ways, but we continue to persevere in meeting every mission," said Capt. Mike Desmond, commanding officer, USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). "Being afforded this opportunity to receive the vaccine will better protect our Sailors while enabling us to maintain peak readiness as a resilient, capable and healthy naval force."

The first round of the Moderna vaccine will be administered today for units USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and USS Mahan (DDG 72).

“The vaccine is a great sign of all-around efforts to ensure health and safety of our Sailors,” said Capt. Joseph A. Baggett, commanding officer, USS Monterey (CG 61). “Many Sailors feel they’re doing their part in helping make this pandemic a thing of the past. They choose to do it for themselves, families and shipmates.”

Sailors on board the USS Laboon (DDG 58) will also receive the first round of the Moderna vaccination while USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) is set to receive the second dosage of the Pfizer version of the vaccine. The first round was offered to Sailors on Thomas Hudner on Jan. 23.

IKE CSG is a multiplatform team of ships, aircraft and more than 6,000 Sailors, capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions around the globe.

Deploying ships and aircraft of the strike group, commanded by Rear Adm. Scott Robinson, include flagship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), commanded by Capt. Paul F. Campagna; eight squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3; Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Monterey (CG 61) and USS Vella Gulf (CG 72); Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Mahan (DDG 72) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, commanded by Capt. Marcos Jasso, embarked on Eisenhower include the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83; “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7; “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74; “Screwtops” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 123; “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 “Rawhides.”


 
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