Nimitz Strike Group Makes Brief Stop in Pearl Harbor
Nimitz Strike Group Makes
Brief Stop in Pearl Harbor
By Mass Communications Specialist
3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen, USS Nimitz Public Affairs.
Pearl Harbor -- April 12, 2013 -- (NNS)
-- Just a few days shy of the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on U.S.
forces at Pearl Harbor, Sailors and Marines manned the rails of the aircraft
carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as they entered the harbor Dec. 3.
Passing by the USS Arizona memorial, the crew on board Nimitz
paid tribute to their fallen comrades in the hallowed waters below.
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) enters Pearl Harbor after an eight-month
"It really is surreal," said Aviation Electronics Technician
2nd Class Daniel Routhier, assigned to the "Wolf Pack" of Helicopter Maritime
Strike Squadron (HSM) 75, one of eight squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing
(CVW) 11, embarked on Nimitz.
Routhier, who has experienced paying honors to Arizona before,
said doing so gave him an immense amount of pride in the Navy, and in being able
to continue the tradition of saluting the memorial.
Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Michalle Boyce
manned the rails of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while passing the Arizona in
2004, and has volunteered to do so with every opportunity she has since been
given. Boyce's grandfather served on the USS Oklahoma during the attack, and
being able to render a salute to the Sailors lost in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack has
become a point of personal pride.
"Every time I stand up there I feel goosebumps when we pass
the Arizona," Boyce said. "It is a very powerful experience."
Nimitz, along with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11,
CVW- 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23 made the brief stop while headed home after an
eight-and-a-half month deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of
"I am especially proud of our crew, and all the work they
have done over the duration of this deployment," said Rear Adm. Michael S.
White, commander, CSG 11.
Upon departing Pearl Harbor, Nimitz is scheduled to continue
east toward San Diego, before returning home to Everett, Wash., before the end
of the year.
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