Tomorrow, Navy families across the country will have something to celebrate — USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is coming home.
Currently enroute to its homeport, Bremerton, WA, the Stennis has been deployed the past seven months to the Middle East and Western Pacific during which it launched planes into Afghanistan and Iraq; made global headlines when it rescued Iranian fishermen from Somali pirates; flew the the Navy’s final flight in the Iraq war; and passed through the Strait of Hormuz just as Iran was threatening to shut it down.
We don’t know about you, but we’re sure excited that the Stennis is hours away from being safely home.
*If you’re in WA and you see the Stennis, or you’re part of its current Tiger cruise or homecoming be sure to take pictures and tweet them to us to share here on Tumblr: @ACIBC.
Amid rising tensions in the Middle East, the demand for aircraft carriers continues to grow. In fact, just last month, aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was deployed four months ahead of schedule to the Persian Gulf.
U.S. Navy actions such as this are becoming commonplace, as these steel beasts, 4.5 acres of sovereign U.S. territory, are being asked to deploy more quickly and stay at sea longer in order to meet the strategic needs of our military.
With USS Enterprise (CVN 65) set to retire at the end of this year, the question becomes how will Navy meet growing demands for aircraft carriers?