SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, northbound

2:17 PM: Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo, and to others for the tips. The Bremerton-homeported aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is outbound again, passing West Seattle while heading northbound earlier this afternoon. It’s currently off the west side of Whidbey Island, according to The last sighting here was less than two weeks ago, as Nimitz returned home from training.

4:35 PM: One tipster earlier mentioned the Nimitz was closer to Alki than usual when passing, The photo just added above, sent by Michael Ostrogorsky, shows what that looked like. Meantime, the carrier is now out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, westbound.

16 Replies to "SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, northbound"

  • West Seattlite July 7, 2022 (5:26 pm)

    Michael’s photo is really, really, good.

    • Michael Ostrogorsky July 8, 2022 (11:34 am)

      Thank you so much. Also, thanks to the photographic gods for timing my arrival at Alki Beach yesterday just in time to catch the Nimitz passing by. 

  • StupidInSeattle July 7, 2022 (6:54 pm)

    May God bless and protect the brave men and women serving our country aboard U.S.S. Nimitz.  Bring all of them home to port safely.

  • Pessoa July 8, 2022 (8:11 am)

    You’re looking at part of the trillions of government debt going abroad while people can’t afford to buy a home here.  

  • Thom Mattson July 8, 2022 (2:02 pm)

    Thanks fir the info.  As a ’73 plankowner it’s great to keep track of her.   

    • Evan Wallace July 8, 2022 (8:53 pm)

      What does ‘73 plankowner refer to?

      • PO2 Benson July 9, 2022 (9:28 am)

        “Plank-owner” means part of the original crew that COMMISSIONED a US NAVY SHIP…

      • Gary July 9, 2022 (10:40 am)

        A plankowner (also referred to a plank owner and sometimes a plank holder) is an individual who was a member of the crew of a United States Navy ship or United States Coast Guard Cutter when that ship was placed in commission. Per Wikipedia 

  • Lisa Jensen July 8, 2022 (4:07 pm)

    I saw her once in San Francisco Bay. She was there for fleet week, and was leaving. I will never forget her. What a magnificent ship. I hope her and her crew always come home safe from wherever they deploy. 

  • Erik Inclan July 8, 2022 (8:32 pm)

    My son works the launch deck in that boat. He’s getting deployed in her in early December 

  • Nathan Strange July 8, 2022 (8:47 pm)

    I did some work on her about ten years ago when she was at the Everett Navy Base. She’s “Incredible”, just Gigantic!! I mean I’ve seen her here and there but you just don’t really understand how Big she is until you’re standing on top of her. 

  • Edward C Gause July 8, 2022 (9:19 pm)

    Deployed twice on the Nimitz as a member of the airwing, she looked as good as she did when I flew off do to retirement, what as ship. (Cleaning Station 😌 love it) I pray for God continue blessing for the crew of the USS Nimitz. 

  • Willie Latham July 8, 2022 (10:23 pm)

    On board USS nimitz commissioning day mrs. Ford broke the champagne bottle in the bow and she rolled into the Newport News shipyard Bay

  • Willie Latham July 8, 2022 (10:27 pm)

    On board USS Nimitz the day was commission serve 3 years wonderful memories

  • DC3 Granillo July 9, 2022 (10:54 am)

    Called her home for 4 years & 2 deployments, OIF/OEF 03-07. Pray all those men & women return home safe 🙏

  • Adam12 July 9, 2022 (2:47 pm)

    My sons been serving on her for the last 3 years.  Finally got a tour a few months ago now that Covid was winding down.  Truly an amazing ship.  We were fortunate to arrive just as morning colors happened.  Choked me up.  Needless to say, proud of our men and women protecting us everyday.

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