For the first time since 2013, the USS Nimitz CVN 68 left Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton last Thursday on a six month deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East.

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After returning from its last deployment, the Nimitz underwent a 20-month maintenance and modernization period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard that was completed in October. It has spent most of the past seven months at sea undergoing training and inspections in preparation for deployment. Now the ship and crew are ready to go, said commanding officer Capt. Kevin Lenox.

“I am so incredibly proud of the entire Nimitz team and the terrific coordination and support across the entire strike group, especially in such a condensed training cycle,” he said in a news release. “The crew stepped up to the plate, and I’m confident we’re ready to meet whatever challenges lie ahead on our upcoming deployment.” – King5 News

Fair winds and following seas to the USS Nimitz and her crew!

Featured image by King5 News

This article was originally published on Fighter Sweep.

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