MANAMA, Bahrain -The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed Manama, Bahrain, Aug. 30, after port visit to the gulf island nation.
After almost two consecutive months at sea, Marines and Sailors from Carrier Air Wing 11, Destroyer Squadron 9 and Nimitz were granted liberty and were able to relax, experience the local culture and take advantage of the services made available by Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain.
“It was nice to be able to step away from that 24/7 deployment mindset and decompress,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Adrianna Therrien, from Key West, Fla. “I easily get caught up in the routine of work, eat and sleep and lose focus on why I’m here. I was able to release stress and reset my thinking, and just be myself again.”
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted multiple tours and events for the crew to attend including a city tour, go-karting, beach visits, kayaking and dinners to experience the local cuisine.
During sightseeing tours, Sailors and Marines were able to visit the Grand Mosque, Bahrain National Museum, the Royal Camel Farm and various activities provided by MWR.
“My favorite part of the tours was the food,” said Therrien. “They had a colorful layout of their traditional foods, as well as fresh fruit and juice. It was not only extremely appealing to the eye, but the flavors were also amazing.”
Though many Sailors and Marines enjoyed their time out exploring Bahrain, some were able to find fulfillment at NSA Bahrain. The base supplied the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group crew with myriad choices of entertainment.
“Even being on base was all around great down time for me,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Preston Young, from Memphis, Tenn. “Between the live music and food, it was hard not to relax and have a great time with everyone there.”
After a few days of liberty, Nimitz is back underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce.