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Photo Gallery: USS Nimitz Returns Home After 11 Months Total Away

Photo Gallery: USS Nimitz Returns Home After 11 Months Total Away

Sailors assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) walk to greet their families after returning from deployment. on March 7, 2021. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to reflect that some Nimitz sailors departed the ship on March 4 during a stop on Indian Island, Wash., when the Navy announced the carrier had returned home in a news release. Remaining sailors departed the ship and returned home on March 7, when the carrier pulled into Naval Base Kitsap, Wash.

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is now home, 341 days after sailors left their homes and families for a marathon of quarantines, training and a deployment to the Middle East and Pacific. Read More

INSURV Inspections Found Lower Material Readiness on Surface Ships, Subs

INSURV Inspections Found Lower Material Readiness on Surface Ships, Subs

Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, President of the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), and then Capt. Kyle Higgins, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), converse in the hangar bay aboard Ike in 2019. US Navy Photo

Navy ship readiness has trended down over the past three years, with many ship systems on surface ships and submarines, in particular, showing lower readiness scores in Fiscal Year 2020 compared to the recent average, according to the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) annual report released today. Read More

Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Gen. David H. Berger addresses an audience of senior enlisted Marines and Sailors about Force Design at the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Quantico, Va. on Oct. 17, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger is emphasizing his commitment to the service’s force design initiative in a recent memo to the new defense secretary, USNI News has learned. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 1, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 1, 2021

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 1, 2021, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Nimitz To Begin Maintenance Period On Time After Returning Home From 9-Month Deployment

Nimitz To Begin Maintenance Period On Time After Returning Home From 9-Month Deployment

Sailors prepare to receive line as aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrives Naval Air Station North Island, February 26. Nimitz Carrier Strike Group returned after a more than 10-month deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet, which included freedom of navigation operations and participation in Operations Freedom’s Sentinel, Inherent Resolve and Octave Quartz. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) pulled into San Diego, Calif., today, capping off a lengthy deployment before starting a maintenance period at one of the Navy’s public shipyards. Read More

Navy Announces Slew of Promotions, Including New Head of Submarine Force Pacific

Navy Announces Slew of Promotions, Including New Head of Submarine Force Pacific

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), center, discusses submarine maintenance with Rear Adm. Jeffrey Jablon, commander of Submarine Group 10, left, and Capt. Paul Dinius, commanding officer of the Trident Refit Facility, at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. US Navy photo.

The Navy this week announced a series of promotions and new assignments for flag officers, including a new head of submarine forces in the Pacific. Read More

CNO Visits Aircraft Carrier Nimitz as CSG Nears End of Nearly 11 Months Away From Home

CNO Visits Aircraft Carrier Nimitz as CSG Nears End of Nearly 11 Months Away From Home

Lt. Cmdr. Nick Stoner, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1, discusses unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capabilities with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday at Naval Base Point Loma, Feb. 23, 2020. Gilday visited Sailors from the EODGRU-1 enterprise to see how Navy EOD is evolving operational concepts and investing in capabilities to build a more agile and resilient fleet. US Navy photo.

When the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) pulls into its homeport at Bremerton, Wash., in the coming days, the ship and crew will mark the end of a deployment cycle away from home stretching some 341 days – not quite a record-setter, but still one for the history books. Read More