Navy Extends USS Nimitz Stay in Middle East

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Royal New Zealand navy Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha in the Philippine Sea, July 2, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Kinkead)
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Royal New Zealand navy Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha in the Philippine Sea, July 2, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Kinkead)

PERSIAN GULF -- The Navy informed families Saturday that the USS Nimitz, which was involved in a second incident with Iran Tuesday, will extend its stay in the Persian Gulf.

That will also add to its six-month deployment. The aircraft carrier left Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on June 1.

Nimitz is in the gulf supporting the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It arrived there in late July and is now expected to remain in the gulf through about mid-October, Nimitz spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Theresa Donnelly said in an email.

The Navy prefers to keep at least one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf at all times, as it did from 2007 to 2015. There have been instances since then when there were none. Extended employments that wear down the force, and maintenance delays because of sequestration have made it more difficult, the Navy has said.

Before heading for the Middle East, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group participated with the Indian and Japanese navies in Malabar 2017 exercises in the Bay of Bengal.

--This article is written by Ed Friedrich from Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, Wash. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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