The USS Nimitz returned to sea after fresh off completed its repairs. It is to begin preparations for the next deployment.
The vessel’s initial trek to sea ended before the time due to malfunctions in the support system in its retractor propulsion plant. The workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the ship’s crewmen worked incessantly to repair the Bremerton-based aircraft this winter for its next deployment.
Navy Captain Craig C. Sicola, the battleship’s 20th commanding officer, stated in an interview with the Kitsap Sun, “The repairs are complete and we’re ready to go.”
40% of the vessel’s crewmen are new to sea and as this new generation of sailors adjusts to sea life, it is going to be a busy time for the 1,092-foot-long carrier preparing them for their deployment. Also, once the carrier’s airwing of fighter jets and other craft are added, the crew base will increase by a couple of thousand members from its current 3000 crewmen.
Sicola affirms that now, the ship is manned, prepared, and ready to be deployed. It is ready to answer the nation’s call, wherever it takes them. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard deserves the credit for its work in getting the ship back on schedule. It is the Navy’s premier shipyard.
The Nimitz in April 2021 was in one of its longest deployments since WWI which spanned nearly a year where the crew launched 10,000 sorites and more than 23,000 flight hours around the globe.
In December, while the warship was in international waters the vessel’s staff discerned a minor material deficiency in the propulsion plant. The repairs were completed without any harm to the reactor, crewmen, or the environment.
According to the Navy, the vessel is powered by two nuclear reactors which maintain propulsion of more than 34mph. The steam produced by the reactors also powers the flight deck’s catapults to launch its aircraft and jet fighters. Using nuclear power also aids the ship in storing more fuel.
In 2021, the Navy’s premium shipyard put more than 330,000 days in restoring the warship. It included inspection and cleaning of around 6,000 tubes on the main engine and turbine generators’ condensers along with the laser alignment work on the ship’s aircraft launching catapults.
The 1975-commissioned battleship’s next deployment is likely to be it’s last. The World War II hero, Chester Nimitz’s deployments are due to be terminated in 2025, though there have been some discussions on extending its lifespan.