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Nimitz Hosts ‘Thank You’ Visit

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 13, 2017) U.S. Navy Cmdr. Andrew Shulman, commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, right, talks to workers from the Bahrain International Airport Rescue and Firefighting Service during a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Sept. 13, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. The visit served as a thank you to the workers that served as first responders to a recent emergency landing of an U.S. Navy aircraft at the Bahrain International Airport. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline)

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston A. Mohr, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) hosted 13 distinguished visitors September 13, to show appreciation for the people who responded to an emergency landing by one of the aircraft assigned to Nimitz.

On August 12 an F/A-18-E Super Hornet from the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 made an emergency landing at the Bahrain International Airport (BAH) after suffering a critical engine failure.

Nimitz Hosts DVs

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 13, 2017) Workers from the Bahrain International Airport and the Rescue and Firefighting Service watch flight operations during a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Sept. 13, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. The visit served as a thank you to the workers that served as first responders to a recent emergency landing of an U.S. Navy aircraft at the Bahrain International Airport. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline)

 

“This is a thank you from the U.S. Navy, which is very generous and we really appreciate it,” said Mohamed Al Sayed, the on-scene supervisor the day of the incident. “This is a very cool opportunity. Watching flight operations out here is way, way different than my job at the airport. It was like seeing something beyond my imagination.”

The group of visitors was comprised of the first responders who attended to the incident and the personnel from the moving company that moved the aircraft off the runway in order to get the airport reopened quickly.

Nimitz Hosts DVs

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 13, 2017) U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Riley, a pilot assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, left, meets with Mohamed Najem, an employee at Bahrain International Airport’s Rescue and Firefighting Services, middle, during a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Sept. 13, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. Najem was Riley’s first responder during a recent emergency landing of his U.S. Navy aircraft at the Bahrain International Airport. The visit served as a thank you to the workers that served as first responders to the recent emergency landing. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly L. Herline))

During the first stop of their tour the visitors met with the pilot of the aircraft they recovered and other key personnel who contribute to Nimitz’s operations.

 

“We are thrilled to have you here as guests,” said Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11. “We are excited to thank you for the great partnership and friendship that you all demonstrated to us with our pilot.”

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ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 13, 2017) Distinguished Visitors takes photos on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Sept. 13, 2017, in the Arabian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Kinkead)

 

After their four hour visit touring spaces around the ship including the bridge, primary flight control and the flight deck where they viewed flight operations, the group departed the ship via a C-2 Greyhound, from the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.

Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce.

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