NORFOLK--Nearly 4,500 sailors in the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group will leave Norfolk Thursday afternoon and their families say they leave too soon.
The Ike returned to Naval Station Norfolk right before Christmas and just two months later, the ship is headed back to sea.
Families don't understand why their loved ones had the fast turnaround when USS Harry S. Truman sits at the pier, her deployment cancelled by the sequester battle in Washington.
"Every time they can't agree on a budget, suddenly it's let's just take the money from the Department of Defense. That just makes me angry," said Aisha.
Strike Group 8's commander explained the Ike was the most ready carrier.
"It's not a question of fairness," said RADM Michael Manazir, "it's a question of take the American taxpayer dollars and distributing them the most cost-efficient way."
The Navy says the strike group will work with allied and partner maritime forces, focusing heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas.
Commanded by Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, IKECSG is comprised of Carrier Strike Group 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , embarked Carrier Air Wing 7, embarked Destroyer Squadron 28, German Frigate FGS Hamburg and USS Hue City.
Aircraft squadrons of CVW-7 include strike fighter squadrons VFA-143 "Pukin Dogs," VFA-131 "Wildcats," VFA-83 "Rampagers" and VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers," tactical electronics warfare squadron VAQ-140 "Patriots," carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW-121 "Bluetails," Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-40 "Rawhides" and helicopter anti-submarine squadron HS-5 "Nightdippers."