The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), along with embarked Carrier Strike Group 11, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, and Destroyer Squadron 23 arrived in Naples, Italy for a port visit, Oct. 30.
The visit allows Nimitz Strike Group Sailors and Marines the chance to experience the local culture and customs, as well as a variety of recreational activities, after being at sea for more than 70 days.
The ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office has set up a number of tours and hotel stays while Nimitz is in port. The tours include trips to Pompeii, Rome and the Vatican, and Naples.
“It is very exciting to have this unique opportunity to visit Naples on a Western Pacific deployment,” said Capt. Jeff Ruth, Nimitz commanding officer. “The crew has performed exceptionally well, meeting every challenge presented to them on this deployment. They deserve this great opportunity and will certainly enjoy the sites, tastes and sounds offered in this superb port.”
The port visit came as a surprise for Sailors and Marines aboard Nimitz.
“It’s exciting,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Jonathan Feinberg. “I’m going to get a hotel room, enjoy all the sites and talk to my family.”
Nimitz left its homeport of Everett, Wash., March 30 for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment and is currently supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Press Release, October 31, 2013