USS Nimitz Deploys to the Western Pacific

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The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked   Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 departed Naval   Air Station North Island, April 19 and will join up with San Diego based   guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) for a scheduled Western Pacific   deployment.

Nimitz left its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., March 29 to join   Princeton and CVW 11 for a Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) in preparation for   their deployment. The Commander, U.S. Third Fleet-led exercise ensured the   deployment readiness of key operational components of the strike group after   a delay in deployment as a result of an emergent maintenance requirement.

“This fine warship and its outstanding crew will have the opportunity to   sail to the Western Pacific and operate in support of our nation’s ongoing   efforts to ensure maritime security,” said Capt. Jeff S. Ruth, Nimitz’s   commanding officer.

Prior to the maintenance period that led to the sustainment exercise, the CSG   went through a series of exercises including a Composite Training Unit   Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) that certified them   ready for deployment.

“This strike group is more than ready to perform this nation’s   mission,” said Rear Adm. Michael S. White, CSG 11 commander. “They   have excelled in a series of strenuous and dynamic exercises and training   evolutions in the past year.  I can’t wait to see what they can do with   this next task ahead of them.”

 

The ship was named for World War II  Pacific fleet commander Chester W. Nimitz, who was the Navy’s third fleet admiral. Unlike all subsequent , Nimitz only uses her namesake’s surname as is common for military officers. She is also the first carrier of her class and the most recent supercarrier in service not to be named for someone who held elected office in the United States

 

 

 

 

 

Squadrons of CVW-11

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Detachment 3 (VRC-30) “Providers” with C-2A Greyhounds

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Douglas Aguillard

Douglas (Doug) Aguillard is a Freelance Photojournalist who specializes in the Military & Aviation fields. Based in San Diego, CA, he is a Marine veteran., He currently is a photojournalist for the Military Press Newspaper, the Historical / Archival Dept. photographer for the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramar, and a very proud member of Photo Recon, and has been published in various magazines and books such as "Combat Aircraft Monthly" magazine, "Vertical " magazine, "Wings of Gold" magazine, Sikorsky Frontlines newsletter, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum's Book: "Celebrating the San Diego Air & Space Museum: A History of the Museum and it's collections".

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