Nimitz Strike Group Departs for Western Pacific Deployment


Story Number: NNS130419-18Release Date: 4/19/2013 1:24:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs

CORONADO, Calif. - (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 departed Naval Air Station North Island April 19 and will join up with San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment.

Nimitz left its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., March 29 to join Princeton and CVW 11 for a Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) in preparation for their deployment. The Commander, U.S. Third Fleet-led exercise ensured the deployment readiness of key operational components of the strike group after a delay in deployment as a result of an emergent maintenance requirement.

"This fine warship and its outstanding crew will have the opportunity to sail to the Western Pacific and operate in support of our nation's ongoing efforts to ensure maritime security," said Capt. Jeff S. Ruth, Nimitz's commanding officer.

Prior to the maintenance period that led to the sustainment exercise, the CSG went through a series of exercises including a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) that certified them ready for deployment.

"This strike group is more than ready to perform this nation's mission," said Rear Adm. Michael S. White, CSG 11 commander. "They have excelled in a series of strenuous and dynamic exercises and training evolutions in the past year. I can't wait to see what they can do with this next task ahead of them."

During Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, the strike group demonstrated the Navy's efforts to reduce consumption of energy, decrease reliance on fossil fuels and significantly increase the use of alternative energy as part of the "Great Green Fleet".

"This ship has navigated successfully through a hectic and fluid schedule throughout 2012 and early 2013," said Ruth. "It is a testament of the flexibility, capability, and commitment of every Sailor on board."

Nimitz's last deployment was in 2009-2010 in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy. After returning from deployment, the ship entered a routine docking planned incremental availability.

U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

STORY COMMENTS12 COMMENTS
4/29/2013 3:55:00 PM
I am so proud of my daughter, ABF Kathryne Williamson. I love and miss you. Safe journey to you and everyone else stationed on the USS Nimitz. God Bless America.

4/28/2013 7:38:00 PM
Happy birthday to my brother, Commander Albert Angel!!

4/27/2013 5:24:00 AM
GOD bless you all the crew of USS Nimitz

4/24/2013 1:53:00 AM
God bless you all , Big hugs to my Son Skyler , I'm so proud of you !!! Come home safe ...

4/22/2013 5:56:00 PM
PRAYING FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN, MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL. A SHOUT TO MY SON, LOVE AND MISS YOU, WE WILL SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET HOME

4/22/2013 3:40:00 PM
Safe journey and blessings to the entire USS Nimitz crew! Take care of our loved ones and my "Niece"!

4/20/2013 1:28:00 PM
Godspeed to all, praying for safe return. Thank you all for your selfless sacrifice.

4/20/2013 7:58:00 AM
Good luck and a safe deployment to all. Let's hear it for the NUKES who make it go! Be safe, Daniel.

4/19/2013 4:54:00 PM
Praying for all on board during this deployment. Crew member of V-1Division Crash and Salvage 1980-82

4/19/2013 3:56:00 PM
Thank you to all of the members aboard the USS Nimitz and the sacrifices you make on a daily bases to maintain our freedom and keep us safe back home. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you all and may the angels protect you while you are deployed and away from your families. God bless America.

4/19/2013 3:47:00 PM
Anchors away! Please stay safe!!!! I'm so proud of my little brother but we will miss him while he's on cruise!!!!! Thank you to the entire crew for keeping our country safe!!!!!

4/19/2013 3:37:00 PM
Praying always for your safety. Come home to us safe. I'm so proud to be a military wife.

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The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits the Pacific Ocean behind the Military SEaliftCommand fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187).
130412-N-LP801-006 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 12, 2013) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits the Pacific Ocean behind the Military SEaliftCommand fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) as it conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59). Nimitz is underway for a sustainment training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
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