Featured in The 5 Star News – USS Nimitz Association

Featured in The 5 Star News – USS Nimitz Association

This past winter I was honored to have one of my homecoming photos featured in The 5 Star News, the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Association Newsletter. My photo of the carrier taken in December with the Olympic mountains in the background was on the front page of their article highlighting the achievements of their latest deployment:

“This deployment tested the 42-year-old Nimitz,
which is the oldest active service nuclear powered
aircraft carrier in the fleet.

In the gulf, the strike group operated in
extremely hot conditions, where the heat index
often exceeded 150 degrees and the seawater
temperature hovered around 100 degrees.”

The 5 Star News in it’s entirety can be read over at the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Association website.

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Homecoming 2017

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Homecoming 2017

The oldest carrier in the fleet, the USS Nimitz, came home to the Puget Sound today following a six-month deployment.

Back in June, we watched the ship leave on a more cloudy day. You can see those photos here: USS Nimitz departs for deployment
It was great to see the fog burn away in time to see the Nimitz return safely home.

If you are interested in prints, please email me at [email protected] and I will help you get what you need.

-Kristie

USS John C. Stennis Homecoming

USS John C. Stennis Homecoming

I was honored to see the USS John C. Stennis return from deployment last month. Earlier this year I photographed the carrier capable of holding 5,000 sailors leave it’s homeport of Naval Station Bremerton, destined for a multi-month deployment full of numerous port visits and replenishments at sea. Watching the massive ship traverse the Puget Sound was awe inspiring but the dreary weather was a reflection of the emotions surrounding the ship. We have gone through a deployment, and it was sobering knowing that these men and women were leaving their families behind.

USS John C. Stennis, CVN 74, leaving for deployment January 2016
USS Stennis flying the 12th Man flag while departing January 2016

The ship departed on Blue Friday, so in honor of their hometown Seattle Seahawks the 12th Man flag was flown.

This article (Stennis Returns Home After 7-Month Indo-Pacific Deployment) has some great information about what went on during their deployment.

When the Stennis made its way around the final bend towards home, the weather was in sync once again. A gorgeous afternoon welcomed the sailors home to the Puget Sound and their families.

Welcome home!

USS John C. Stennis CVN 74 Homecoming August 2016
Seafair 2016

Seafair 2016

An overcast day makes for perfect photography weather! We braved the traffic and made the trip to Lake Washington to see what Seafair in Seattle was all about. The US Navy Blue Angels did not disappoint; as we walked onto the closed I-90 bridge we could hear the roar of their engines! The show lasted about 45 mins so then we made our way to Genesee Park to catch the hydroplanes and grab a bite to eat. We had a surprise fly-by from a couple of US Air Force A10s! The big hydroplanes rival the Blue Angles when it comes to loud engines fyi. Needless to say I’m thankful for the somewhat cloudy weather that kept the heat at bay and made for a great day by the lake.

Lake Washington panorama during Seafair 2016
US Navy Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington during Seafair 2016
US Navy Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington during Seafair 2016
US Navy Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington during Seafair 2016
US Navy Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington during Seafair 2016
US Navy Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington during Seafair 2016
Air Force A10s flying over Lake Washington during Seafair 2016
Seafair 2016 Hydroplanes on Lake Washington
Seafair 2016 Hydroplanes on Lake Washington
Seafair 2016 Hydroplanes on Lake Washington
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