Nimitz Hosts Homeport Change Fair

Story Number: NNS100519-07Release Date: 5/19/2010 9:07:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Merrill, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) held a homeport change fair at Admiral Baker Park for Sailors and their families who will be relocating with the ship to Naval Base Kitsap in December 2010.

Nimitz crew members and families learned about their new homeport after more than 20 Bremerton-Kitsap area volunteers visited to discuss what the area has to offer.

"We're here to let people get information they need and answer any questions they may have about Naval Base Kitsap," said Kathy Selves, the Work and Family Life supervisor, Fleet and Family Support Naval Base Kitsap.

Selves said it was important to lear about things such as child care and outdoor recreation in Washington. She also said it is not only an opportunity for the crew to learn about their new base, the new base gets to learn about its new ship and that helps create a smooth transition.

"We're just here to help," Selves said. "We're very pleasantly surprised that we've stayed busy. I'm glad we're getting a steady flow of people to come out."

The homeport fair also helped Sailors and their families reduce the anxiety they may have about moving to the Northwest.

"This was better than I expected," said Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Brandon Draper, "It was a good chance to learn stuff about Bremerton and there was things to do for me and the kids."

Selves said to anyone who might be afraid of the move should ask questions, "Just ask. Let us know, we're here to help."

Nimitz is scheduled to change homeport to Bremerton, Wash., December 2010.

Nimitz is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 11. Nimitz returned home to San Diego March 26 after completing a successful eight-month western Pacific deployment.

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