Nimitz Arrives in Sasebo for Port Visit


Story Number: NNS080211-07Release Date: 2/11/2008 9:10:00 AM
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From USS Nimitz Public Affairs

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, Feb. 11 for a scheduled port visit.

While in port, the ship's crew members will have a chance to participate in friendship-building and good will-generating activities, as well as cultural exchanges.

The deployment of Nimitz to backfill USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) while it undergoes maintenance exemplifies U.S. commitment to peace and stability in the Pacific Region. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is commanded by Rear Adm. Terry Blake.

"Our goal is to maintain and strengthen our alliances and friendships in the region," said Blake. "Our deployment to the Western Pacific is a visible demonstration of the United States ongoing commitment to Japan and the other nations in the region. We also value our exceptionally strong relationship with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and this port visit is an opportunity for us to make new friends and renew old acquaintances."

The Nimitz CSG is comprised of commander, CSG 11, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz; its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11; embarked Destroyer Squadron 23; the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59); the guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS Higgins (DDG 76), and USS Chafee (DDG 90); Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 "Scorpions," HSL 37 "Easy Riders"; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11.

CVW-11's squadrons include the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, the "Black Aces" of VFA-41, the "Sunliners" of VFA-81, the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117, the "Red Devils" of Marine Corps Strike Fighter Squadron 232, the "Black Ravens" of Electronic Warfare Squadron 135, the "Providers" of Carrier Logistics Support Squadron 30 and the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 6.

Nimitz is currently operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Operating in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, the 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time.

For more news from USS Nimitz, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn68/.

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