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    Unsubstantiated Claims of Missile Damage to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Debunked by Pentagon

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    Recently, numerous unsubstantiated claims have emerged alleging that the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, was damaged by a missile strike from Houthi rebels.

    These assertions have been accompanied by images purportedly showing the warship in a state of distress.

    However, upon closer examination, these claims and accompanying visuals have been categorically debunked.

    The origins of the allegations can be traced to Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree, who declared over the course of a weekend that the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower had been “hit and severely damaged by multiple Houthi ballistic missiles.”

    This was soon followed by an image disseminated on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

    The image captioned: “CONFIRMED: uss eisenhower (pictured docked for repairs in souda bay) hit and severely damaged by multiple houthi ballistic missiles. judging by extensive tent city developing on the flight deck, we assess it is unlikely eisenhower will return to service in the foreseeable future,” stirred considerable commotion.

    The Pentagon has categorically denied these allegations, confirming that the carrier sustained no such damage.

    The lack of validity in these assertions becomes even more apparent upon realizing that the image circulated is not of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower at all.

    Instead, it is a representation of the Russian Navy flagship Admiral Kuznetsov, which, as reported by multiple sources, has been undergoing extensive refit at the 35th Ship Repair Plant in Murmansk since 2018.

    Additionally, the claim that the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was docked for repairs in Souda Bay was misleading.

    While the carrier did make a port visit to Souda Bay earlier in the year, the implication that it had traveled there recently and sustained damage was unfounded.

    A vessel of such size would need to traverse the Suez Canal and sail approximately 4,000 nautical miles to reach that point—a journey that would take an extensive period and would be publicly noticeable.

    980610-N-2114S-037 NORFOLK (June 10, 1998) — The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) gets a little shove out to sea as she departs for a scheduled six-month deployment. Eisenhower’s deployment to the Mediterranean returns carrier-based operations to Sixth Fleet following a gap created by the build up of U.S. Forces in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Class Ronald Strickland. (RELEASED)

    Had the vessel required urgent repairs due to combat damage, it would logically have been directed to Camp Lemonnier, the only permanent U.S. military base in Africa, rather than a port in the Greek island of Crete.

    000801-N-7750C-001 ABOARD THE USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CVN-69 (01 Aug, 2000) While completing their six month deployment and transiting westward towards the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, the crew of the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69), display their teamwork and pride by strategically falling into ranks to spell out their name and accomplishments for a awesome aerial photograph. The IKE, and CARRIER AIRWING SEVEN are currently heading west toward the Atlantic after completing a successful six month deployment to the Med and Arabian Gulf. (Photo taken by Photographers Mate 2nd Class David E. Carter II; caption written by Seaman Pauly Soto)

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