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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group’s Middle East Deployment Extended 9 Days

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while another Super Hornet from the “Black Knights” and an EA-18G Growler from the “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 prepare to launch, July 29, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group will stay on station in the Middle East nine days longer than planned to continue supporting Operating Inherent Resolve, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News today.

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is currently operating in the Persian Gulf, after arriving in U.S. 5th Fleet in mid-July. Nimitz departed its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on June 1 and is set to carry out a deployment of about six months.

The Kitsap Sun first reported the extension, after Nimitz CSG families were notified of the short extension.

Though the Nimitz CSG has been deployed for less than two and a half months, the deployment has been a busy one. After sailing through the Pacific and stopping for Exercise Malabar 2017 with the Indian military in the Indian Ocean, it began conducting air strikes in Iraq and Syria to support OIR. Earlier this week an Iranian drone harassed an F/A-18E-F Super Hornet preparing to land on Nimitz, in what the Navy called “the 13th unsafe and/or unprofessional interaction between U.S. and Iranian maritime forces in 2017.”