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USS Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor before returning home to Washington

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 01:41 a.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz pulled into Pearl Harbor Tuesday after an extended deployment that saw the big ship positioned for support of a possible strike on Syria in September.

The crew and air wing totalling about 5,000 are in port for a few days before the carrier heads to San Diego and then to its home port of Everett, Wash. by Christmas.

Like a lot of ships that come into Pearl Harbor, the Nimitz sailed past the sunken USS Arizona. The upcoming anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack provided a little extra pause.

"Aloha, Hawaii," the ship said on its Facebook page. "It's wonderful to be back in the States! Looking forward to our tigers (family visitors) arriving and enjoying the beauty of this place. Still, it's a humbling experience to look out over the flight deck and see the USS Arizona Memorial and know that 72 years ago this week they sacrificed all their tomorrows so that we may have ours."

The Nimitz, which left Everett, Wash. March 30, was supposed to return to the United States in August, but was ordered to remain in the Middle East as officials weighed strikes on Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons.

The carrier and four other ships moved into the Red Sea in early September as five destroyers prepared for orders in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Nimitz entered the Mediterranean in late October for exercises, and by early November the decision was made to send the carrier back home.

U.S. Pacific Fleet almost ordered the carrier to help in the Philippines with typhoon relief, but decided it wasn't needed.  

The ship said on its web page that during the extended deployment, it pinned 58 chief petty officers, covered more than 57,000 nautical miles, flew missions in support of the war in Afghanistan, and made port calls in South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Italy.    

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iwanaknow wrote:
Google the USS Nimitz and be amazed at the costs.......................a nuclear ship that cost 4.2 Billion to build (the 10th one cost 6.2 Billion) and 750---900 Million to decommission vs a non-nuclear ship at 53 million..............The next upgrade Reagan fleet is costing 15 Billion each (we'll get ten) and 7 million dollars a day to run one ship......................Wow laulau............we could get our rail and toilets too for those numbers?....................................freedom from the "Enemy" is not cheap. God Bless America.
on December 3,2013 | 03:25PM
stingray65 wrote:
I am glad you notice the expenses for FREEDOM!! Not counting the life of those folks on the ships and pilots of all the airplanes.
on December 3,2013 | 06:33PM
Thegame wrote:
Freedom isn't Free! I'll take a carrier over rail.
on December 3,2013 | 06:37PM
entrkn wrote:
I salute one of the mightiest ships to ever sail the seas with one of the most gallant crews to ever man a mighty ship.
on December 3,2013 | 09:12PM
loio wrote:
Welcome! Much more important than rail or toilets. Aloha USS Nimitz and crew, thank you for going through a 9 month deployment for us! We appreciate it, most of us anyway.
on December 4,2013 | 04:09AM
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