Repairs expected to delay USS Nimitz’s arrival in Everett until March

  • Wed Dec 7th, 2011 8:51pm
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Herald Staff

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is not expected to arrive at its new homeport of Naval Station Everett until late February or March, Navy officials announced. The warship had been expected to show up in Everett in January.

The Nimitz is still in Bremerton undergoing maintenance and repairs, and those are taking a bit longer than anticipated, Naval Station Everett spokeswoman Kristin Ching said.

“It looks like March,” Ching said.

Some families of the sailors aboard the Nimitz have already moved to this area. Others are in the process of making arrangements to move to Snohomish County.

The Nimitz is the about the same size as the Lincoln, with about 3,000 people serving onboard.

Everett is ready to welcome the Nimitz, Mayor Ray Stephanson said.

When Naval Station Everett was under construction in the early 1990s, the original plan was to make the Nimitz the centerpiece of the base.

The first in its class of 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the Nimitz was commissioned in 1975. The carrier called Bremerton home from 1987 to 1997, and spent time here in Everett. But after the Nimitz underwent the midlife refueling of its nuclear reactors from 1998 to 2001, it was moved to San Diego in November 2001.