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USS Nimitz Returning to Bremerton on Sunday, Navy Says

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)

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz will indeed be back home in Bremerton in time for Christmas.

The Navy announced on Monday that the carrier will return to its home port on Sunday, after a deployment of more than six months. It is scheduled to arrive at about noon.

The carrier departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on June 1 for its deployment to the Pacific and Indian oceans.

During its deployment, the aircraft carrier flew more than 1,300 combat sorties in Iraq and Syria, dropping more than 900 pieces of ordnance. Last month, the Nimitz joined the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Theodore Roosevelt in a rare exercise involving three aircraft carrier strike groups.

"I am very proud of the entire Strike Group and all that our sailors and Marines accomplished during this deployment," Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, commander of the Nimitz Strike Group, said in a news release. "The team demonstrated the professionalism, strength, and resolve of the U.S. Navy around the world. They battled through the intense heat of the Arabian Gulf to conduct operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (against ISIS), and now it's time for all of us to get back and enjoy some well-deserved family time."

Popular places to watch the carrier's return to Bremerton include the Bainbridge Island waterfront and the shore of Sinclair Inlet in Bremerton and Port Orchard. 

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