31 Mar '13, 6pm

Nimitz Sets Sail for Sustainment Exercise - @USS_NIMITZ

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., March 30, to embark Carrier Air Wing 11 for a scheduled Sustainment Training Exercise (SUSTEX) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. After a series of exercises and training evolutions in 2012, SUSTEX will be the carrier's last in certifying for its scheduled Western Pacific deployment. "There's a tremendous amount of work that went on," said Rear Adm. Michael S. White, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11. "I couldn't be more proud and privileged to serve with this team." SUSTEX is a re-certification evolution designed to test the capabilities of the carrier strike group. It evaluates how ships work together in a variety of tactical situations and ensure the strike group and its crew are ready to deploy. With all of the exercises, drills and sustained maint...

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