Naval Base Bremerton according to the Northwest Navigator
USS Nimitz celebrates 37th anniversary in Bremerton
The 37th anniversary of the USS Nimitz's commissioning was celebrated on May 3rd and was hosted by the MWR and Supply Department as an all hands picnic according to the Northwest Navigator. The USS Nimitz has served the Navy for over 40 years, and Nimitz Commanding Officer Captain Jeffrey Ruth commented on the historical significance of the commissioning celebration. "In 1975, a new class of aircraft carrier entered the fleet. Thirty-seven years later this ship and her entire crew proudly continue to uphold the traditions of teamwork and professionalism that make this the ship the first and finest of its class," he said. The USS Nimitz has completed 14 deployments with its most recent being that from its homeport in Everett, Washington. The Nimitz arrived in Naval Station North Island to complete a series of qualifications and certifications.
Construction began officially began on the USS Nimitz in June of 1968 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Virginia. The ship's first launching took place in May of 1972, and it was delivered to the U.S. Navy on April 11th, and Norfolk, Virginia became its homeport. On March 1, 1975, the USS Nimitz got underway to conduct a series of Builder's sea trials. On May 3rd of that year, the Nimitz was commissioned in a ceremony at Naval Station's Norfolk Pier 12 before 20,000 spectators. The recent picnic honored the historic ship with volunteer assistance from the Nimitz chief petty officers and petty officer 1st classes as well as members of the Nimitz Junior Enlisted Association.