EDITOR’s NOTE: The Nimitz deployment has been rescheduled for Saturday (3/30) at 9:00am LDGot word today that the long-delayed deployment of the USS Nimitz will happen Friday. Here’s what the Navy has released:
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will depart for six to 10 month deployment on Friday, March 29 from Naval Station Everett (NSE). Nimitz is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group Eleven, commanded by Rear Adm. Michael S. White.
Navy Capt. Jeffrey Ruth is the commander of the carrier. He previously served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln when the Lincoln was based in Everett.
The ship’s impending deployment, eventually will take the crew of the warship into the Persian Gulf. With a crew of about 3,000 men and women, the Nimitz will be joined at sea by its air wing, adding about 2,000 personnel.
This is the first major deployment of the Nimitz from its Everett home port. The Nimitz is the oldest of the Navy’s currently operating air craft carriers. It was commissioned in 1975.