The U.S. Navy released the above photo of sailors manming the rails of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as it returns to its homeport at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group successfully completed a five-month deployment to the western Pacific.
I recall manning the rails as a young sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk as we returned to San Diego from a WESTPAC deployment in 1971.
Note: The above photo was taken by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elton Charles Wheeler.
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