The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) got underway April 28 for the first time since returning from a nine-month deployment in December 2013.
Nimitz set sail for a routine flight deck certification. Completing flight deck certification is essential in preserving the ship’s warfighting capabilities.
“We are excited to get back to sea,” said Capt. Jeff Ruth, commanding officer of Nimitz. “The crew has worked hard to maintain the ship since we returned from deployment. We are motivated to get back out and make sure our ability to launch and recover aircraft safely continues to exceed Navy standards.”
The Nimitz has gained more than 400 new crew members since returning from deployment in December, said Ruth. It is important that new personnel receive the proper training and qualifications to ensure the ship continues to be mission ready.
Being underway allows Sailors more time for hands-on training, practicing drills and a chance to study to advance in their personal and professional qualifications.
“I’m hoping to get more of my guys warfare qualified,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Dementrain Chew. “I would really like to see them get their pins and qualification. I really hope they get the opportunity to do that.”
Press Release, April 29, 2014; Image: US Navy