The ship's impending deployment, scheduled to last from six to 10 months, eventually will take the crew of the warship into the Persian Gulf.
With a crew of about 3,000 men and women, the Nimitz will be joined at sea by its air wing, adding about 2,000 personnel.
This is the first major deployment of the Nimitz from its Everett home port. The Nimitz is the oldest of the Navy's currently operating air craft carriers. It was commissioned in 1975.
Navy Capt. Jeffrey Ruth is the commander of the carrier. He previously served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln when the Lincoln was based in Everett.
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