SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, outbound

(Added: Photo by D, via X/Twitter)

Thanks to Andrea for the tip! As confirmed by MarineTraffic.com, the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is northbound in Puget Sound right now, sailing across the mouth of Elliott Bay.

(Added: Photo sent by Kevin)

22 Replies to "SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, outbound"

  • Rhonda July 7, 2024 (10:38 pm)

    ❤🇺🇸

    • sbre July 8, 2024 (5:40 am)

      What Rhonda said!! 🇺🇸 

  • Scott Vickery July 8, 2024 (6:59 am)

    As seen from Fort Ward Bainbridge Island

  • penpal July 8, 2024 (7:43 am)

    God speed , Americas Best!

  • lucy July 8, 2024 (9:43 am)

    Prayers for a successful campaign and a safe return.

  • Davey July 8, 2024 (10:49 am)

    Loose lips sink ships!  I thought we were supposed to keep this secret!

    • WSB July 8, 2024 (11:09 am)

      We’ve answered this many times before, but to reiterate:

      (a) Can’t really hide a gigantic ship passing a metro area that is home to millions of people
      (b) The navigation identifier (sorry, I know that’s not the technical term for it) was on, meaning anyone anywhere in the world looking at free public ship trackers would have seen USS NIMITZ and its location until it sailed out of range (typically after exiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca). That’s the first thing I looked at when a reader emailed to say it was headed out.

    • Al King July 8, 2024 (11:14 am)

      Davey. Our adversaries all have satellites-and intelligence agencies. Rest assured they know just as much-probably a LOT more about our militaries movements then we the taxpaying public do.

    • Jeff July 8, 2024 (11:28 am)

      I have no military background but somehow I don’t think “we don’t know where it is” doesn’t even crack the top ten reasons why an adversary doesn’t sink the USS Nimitz.

    • Mr. Dobalina July 8, 2024 (5:09 pm)

      Once the ship leaves, it’s public information.. it isn’t concealed by an invisibility cloak.

    • Jgunn July 9, 2024 (1:30 am)

      They are picking up the air wing and doing launch and recovery operations before their final underway.

  • Mama Bear July 8, 2024 (4:08 pm)

    Our daughter is on board! 

    • JC July 8, 2024 (9:53 pm)

      My son is also on board too!  This is his first voyage. He was up at Whidbey Island Naval Base for 3 years and is an E5.  They gave him new orders to report to the Nimitz.   He’s pretty excited about all this.   I’m a worried mama but a proud mama! 🇺🇸⚓️

      • Mama Bear July 9, 2024 (5:59 am)

        How exciting! This is our daughter’s first assignment. She enlisted last August and had been in Pensacola, FL. completing schooling. She has been living on the ship since June. 

    • Matt July 9, 2024 (3:26 am)

      So is my son

  • Chuck Jacobs July 8, 2024 (9:43 pm)

    Ironically, it’s probably most vulnerable to attack during it’s solo trip up Puget Sound. When on the ocean, it receives it’s air wings stationed elsewhere and meets up with the CVBG.

  • MD July 9, 2024 (4:46 am)

    “Old Salt”

  • John Colombraro July 9, 2024 (5:06 am)

    I served onboard the USS NIMITZ when she was stationed in Norfolk, VA and completed three deployments onboard her.Any time we were on deployment, a Soviet (now Russian) ship would be the closest ship to us (those pesky Russkies wanted to keep an eye on the US carriers).Two of my sisters live in the Manchester area of Port Orchard so I am kept informed of the NIMITZ’s movements. She has been in the yard for quite a while, after her most recent deployment, so she and her crew will need to go through an extensive re-training process and work ups with the air wing before her next deployment.Fair winds and following seas ..

  • H Scott July 9, 2024 (10:14 am)

    There are two types of ships. Submarines and Targets. This is a big TARGET for sure.

  • Dan July 9, 2024 (6:26 pm)

    Spent my youth years 21-23 on board in the 80’s learned alot and retired from at&t as senior lead tech on the most advanced switching gear at the time thank you US Navy you gave me a life i never dreamed possible and showed me the world 

  • Bob T July 9, 2024 (11:28 pm)

    GOD SPEED to the NIMITZ and her Crew on what is probably your last deployment! SAFE TRAVELS  and return! USA USN!!

  • Silas Elwood July 10, 2024 (2:03 pm)

    Thank you all for your service. The state of the world has never nervous. 

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