Monday, June 26, 2017

Been There, Done That: Sailors Manning The Rails As Aircraft Carrier Returns To San Diego Homeport


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.

You can click on the above photo to enlarge. 

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  1. Ditto. I've lost track of how many times I've been in and out of ports. Exercises, Reftras, trials, cruises, etc., ... they are all a blurred composite. I remember most the last return to port. It coincided with my last week on a ship and my twilight tour ashore prior to retirement.

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