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Aircraft carrier Stennis arrives in Pearl Harbor; pays tribute to Arizona fallen

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The 1,092-foot aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis pulled into Pearl Harbor this morning for the 75th anniversary of the attack — rendering honors to the sunken USS Arizona and the 1,177 men who died aboard the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The 1,092-foot aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis pulled into Pearl Harbor this morning for the 75th anniversary of the attack — rendering honors to the sunken USS Arizona and the 1,177 men who died aboard the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The 1,092-foot aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis pulled into Pearl Harbor this morning for the 75th anniversary of the attack — rendering honors to the sunken USS Arizona and the 1,177 men who died aboard the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Army Lt. Col. Rob Philips watches the 1,092-foot aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis arrival with son, William.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The 1,092-foot aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis pulled into Pearl Harbor this morning for the 75th anniversary of the attack — rendering honors to the sunken USS Arizona and the 1,177 men who died aboard the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

The 1,092-foot aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis pulled into Pearl Harbor this morning for the 75th anniversary of the attack — rendering honors to the sunken USS Arizona and the 1,177 men who died aboard the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

The hulking vessel, a symbol of America’s military might, is part of the legacy of World War II, which vaulted an initially isolationist America onto the world stage, as well as ushering out battleships in favor of naval air power.

When the United States entered the war, the Navy had eight aircraft carriers and 5,000 aircraft. It ended the war with 28 large carriers, 71 escort carriers and dozens of smaller “jeep” carriers, according to the organization GlobalSecurity.org.

Stennis got under way from Bremerton, Wash., on Nov. 22 to conduct routine training and participate in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events.

Stennis, named after the late U.S. Sen. John Cornelius Stennis from Mississippi, returned to its home port on Aug. 14 following a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, including participation over the summer in Rim of the Pacific exercises off Hawaii.

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