Posted by: arbeam | May 1, 2013

Stennis Returning Home from Eight Month Deployment

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BREMERTON, Wash. — Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will return to their homeport of Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash. May 3 after completing an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

While deployed, Stennis travelled more than 66,000 nautical miles while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations, theater security exercises, and participating in multiple community engagement events.

“It’s wonderful to be coming home,” said Capt. Ron Reis, Stennis’ commanding officer. “A lot has been asked of these Sailors and their families but I am very proud of what they have accomplished. Our success throughout two back-to-back combat deployments is possible because every Sailor is dedicated to excellence and to our country.”

In the U.S. 5th Fleet, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 flew more than 1,300 sorties in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom and 9,000 total sorties throughout 5th Fleet operations. Stennis Sailors also conducted community relations projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

While in 7th Fleet, Stennis conducted theater security cooperation exercises, participated in community service projects, and hosted military and civilian leaders from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as the Republics of Maldives, Indonesia and Singapore, highlighting U.S Navy aircraft carrier operations at sea and strengthening U.S. bonds with partner nations.

Homeport Northwest article

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