SAN DIEGO – An influx of new faces can be seen moving around the deck plates of USS Nimitz (CVN 68). After nearly two years, Nimitz has finally embarked her full complement of Sailors and aircraft by welcoming aboard members of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, bringing with them the deafening roar of aircraft launching from and landing on the flight deck.
Roughly 1,500 Sailors were welcomed aboard Nimitz as she got underway with her embarked air wing and strike group for the first time since concluding her 20-month planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
“When Nimitz moved down to Bremerton, CSG 11 stayed up in Everett, and after two years it created a separation between us,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Aaron Coke, the senior enlisted leader for CSG 11. “From the khaki level down, we’ve been working to break that barrier. Our multi-cultural committees will be coordinated with one another, our junior enlisted associations have already contacted one another. It’s important we build this foundation now so we are already integrated as a team for the long haul ahead.”