Nimitz Commences 15 Month Drydocking

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) shifted from its homeport pier at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton to a dry dock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton site, March 1. “I’ve seen this ship come full circle,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jordan Manuel, from San Jose, California. “I got to the boat in the middle of Nimitz’s last maintenance availability so I got to experience all the work-ups and underway periods that led up to our previous deployment, and now we’re back in the yards getting ready for…

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group returns to Washington after deployment

Washington-based ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 returned Dec. 10, just in time for the upcoming holidays following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), with embarked CSG 11 staff, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) returned to Naval Station Everett. The strike group also consists of Nimitz, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, and the guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton (CG…

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USS Nimitz to Return to Naval Base Kitsap December 10th

There’s no place like home for the holidays and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will arrive home at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bremerton December 10th after a six-month deployment in time to celebrate this festive season. USS Nimitz departed NBK-Bremerton, June 1. The carrier, embarked with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, will return home to NBK and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) will return to Naval Station Everett. The strike group consists of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, Carrier Air Wing…

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Christmas Reunion for VAW 121 as the Squadron Returns to NAS Norfolk

More than 160 men and women and five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft of the “Bluetails” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 returned home just in time for the holidays Dec. 5, following their six-month deployment. The squadron, commanded by Cmdr. Michael Finn, left its home base of Naval Air Station (NAS) Norfolk June 3 on a regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Bremerton, Washington-based Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG 11) and steamed via U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operations (AOO) to the Arabian Gulf in the…

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrives in San Diego off Offload Air Wing

The Nimitz Strike Group (CSG 11) returned to San Diego, Dec. 5, marking the end of a successful deployment for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83). Sailors and Marines are reuniting with family and friends just in time for the holidays following a six-month tour to the Western Pacific and U.S. 5th Fleet in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The strike group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Kidd (DDG…

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrives in Hawaii

The Nimitz Strike Group (CSG 11) arrived in Pearl Harbor Nov. 25 following a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG 11), along with the air wing and strike group staff, departed San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment June 5. The strike group consists of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Shoup…

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Three-Carrier Strike Force Conducts Exercise in Western Pacific

A three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, according to Navy officials. “The United States Navy is the only force in the world able to carry out such an exercise,” a Navy official told DoD News. The exercise features the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt and includes air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other…

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Three-carrier strike force exercise to commence in Western Pacific

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov 11-14. Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in international waters in order to demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort. “It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three,” said U.S. Pacific…

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USS Nimitz first carrier to visit Sri Lanka in 32 Years

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a port visit Oct. 28. The visit follows the recent completion of the inaugural bilateral naval exercise CARAT Sri Lanka and the U.S. Navy’s participation in Sri Lanka’s Galle Dialogue. USS Nimitz’ (CVN 68) taking part marks the first time a U.S. carrier has visited Sri Lanka since the now-decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk visited in 1985. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to explore the local community and meet with their counterparts in the Sri Lankan…

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Nimitz Plays Vital Role in Operation Inherent Resolve

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has performed a vital role in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) since July 25, having launched 1,322 sorties and dropping 903 pieces of ordnance in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Throughout more than three months of operations in the region, the ship and its crew have worked hard supporting the mission by building 1,112 pieces of ordnance and working day and night on the flight deck. It’s a team effort by the entire crew, air wing and embarked staffs aboard the ship. “Carrier Strike Group…

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Returns to 7th Fleet

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 and Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW 11), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO), Oct. 25, after concluding operations in U.S. 5th Fleet. While in 7th Fleet, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMSG) is scheduled for a port visit and will be ready to support operations throughout the AOO before transiting back to their respective homeports. “The impressive dedication and resolute commitment to professionalism by the Nimitz crew while supporting day…

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Nimitz Completes Historic 100,000th Catapult Shot

You can feel the excitement on the flight deck. As the jet engines roar an F/A-18E Super Hornet, from the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, goes soaring into the air. This launch was a bit more special than the other approximately 30 launches performed daily on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during its 2017 deployment. It was historic. The ship successfully completed its 100,000th aircraft launch from Catapult Two Sept. 25, marking the second time, since the ship’s commissioning in 1975, that that milestone has been achieved. Catapult…

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Commander Carrier Strike Group 11 RDML Bill Byrne USN Visits FS Auvergne

Google Translation For many years, the French Navy has developed a high level of interoperability with American vessels. It is now reflected in the presence of two first-class frigates escorting the aircraft carrier Nimitz in the Arabian-Persian Gulf. This high-level cooperation, which has become a daily reality in this part of the world, highlights the great confidence that unites our armed forces. On 17 September, Rear Admiral Bill Byrne, commander of Carrier Strike Group 11, came to meet the sailors of the frigate Auvergne. From the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier…

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HMAS Newcastle completes operations with US Fifth Fleet

HMAS Newcastle has completed an attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf while deployed on maritime security operations in the Middle East Region (MER). During the two-week attachment supporting the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG-11), Newcastle conducted escort operations and a range of naval manoeuvres with US Navy ships. Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General John Frewen, said Newcastle’s role directly supported the international effort to ensure a free and open global maritime trading system covering some of the world’s most…

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