The aircraft carrier Nimitz, seen here on their 2013 deployment, is scheduled to move across the Puget Sound from Everett, Washington, in 2015 for a 16-month overhaul. (MC3 Nathan R. McDonald/Navy)
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The fleet’s longest-serving flattop is slated for a much-needed break from the deployment cycle next year, when it enters a16-month maintenance period, Naval Air Forces Pacific said Tuesday.
The aircraft carrier Nimitz, homeported in Everett, Washington, will move across the Puget Sound to Bremerton for the availability, the AIRPAC release said.
Navy Personnel Command is working to make the transition as smooth as possible, according to the release, by avoiding unnecessary change-of-station moves during the maintenance period. NPC will release guidance on how the move will affect housing allowances, detailing and exceptional family members.
Nimitz returned from its most recent deployment with Carrier Strike Group 11 in December 2013, following nine months cruising 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets.
“The Navy is working to ensure that the relocation of the aircraft carrier doesn't interfere with the provision of positive, career enhancing opportunities for the ship's assigned sailors and their families,” the AIRPAC release said.