USS John C. Stennis Aircraft Carrier Returns to Sea for Training

The U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Jan. 16, to carry out routine training at sea.

This is the first underway of the new year for John C. Stennis. John C. Stennis sailors are scheduled to conduct flight operations, damage control and firefighting training, seamanship training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.

The crew is continuing to prepare for their next scheduled deployment.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is the seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the United States Navy, named for Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi.

The ship was contracted on 29 March 1988, and the keel was laid on 13 March 1991 at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia.The ship was christened on 11 November 1993, in honor of Senator John Cornelius Stennis (D-Mississippi) who served in the Senate from 1947 to 1989.

John C. Stennis was commissioned on 9 December 1995 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va, and she conducted flight deck certification in January 1996. Her home port is Bremerton, Washington.

The mission of John C. Stennis and her air wing (CVW-9) is to conduct sustained combat air operations while forward-deployed. The embarked air wing consists of eight to nine squadrons. Attached aircraft are Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet, EA-18G Growler, MH-60R, MH-60S, and E-2C Hawkeye.

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