USS Nimitz begins 2017 deployment

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nimitz begins 2017 deployment USS Nimitz begins 2017 deployment U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) got underway from Naval Base Kitsap on June 1 to start a regularly scheduled deployment.The aircraft carrier is joined by destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) who departed Naval Station Everett on the same day.While many speculate the deployment is in response to events in the South China Sea and North Korean missile tests, the U.S. Navy said this was a previously planned, routine deployment and was not in response to any specific incident or regional event.“This deployment is the culmination of months of intensive training and preparations,” said Rear Adm. Bill Byrne Jr., commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11. “The Nimitz Strike Group stands ready to respond to a wide variety of contingencies, be that a humanitarian disaster or a regional incident. We’re honored to be in this position to answer the nation’s call to duty.”Nimitz, the flagship of the strike group, Kidd and Shoup will make a brief stop at Naval Air Station North Island to meet up with the other ships and units of the strike group.Strike Group units have spent most of the past seven months underway preparing for deployment. Nimitz participated in a series of pre-deployment inspections and training evolutions, including Board of Inspection and Survey and a Composite Training Unit Exercise that certified them ready for deployment.USS Shoup and USS Kidd are part of Destroyer Squadron 9 which also consists of San Diego-based Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard and USS Pinckney and the San Diego-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton.The Nimitz Strike Group last deployed in 2013. Since then, Nimitz hosted the first aircraft carrier landings of the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in 2014 and completed a 20-month extended planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, which completed in October 2016. June 2, 2017center_img View post tag: USS Nimitz Share this article View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

Heartbreak at Barkley Marathon

first_imgThe Barkley Marathon starts with the race director blowing on a conch shell and lighting a cigarette, and it ends with either the Easy Button or Taps. It brags that it has a near complete failure rate. In its three decades of existence, only 15 runners have been able to defeat the clock, the mountains, and the briars.The checkpoints are 13 books placed throughout the course, which consists mainly off-trail. Competitors tear the page that matches their race number to show that they have followed the course. The most advanced pieces of technology allowed are a basic watch, a paper map, and compass. No GPS allowed.The Barkley 100-Mile Ultramarathon has a near-complete failure rate. In three decades, only 15 runners have been able to defeat the clock, the mountains, and the briars.This year, world-record holders, Mount Everest summiters, and the world’s most elite runners competed alongside weekend warriors in this international event in the backwoods of Tennessee. Thousands apply each year, but only 40 are chosen.The race started at 1:42 am into the heavy and damp fog of the night. Two athletes separated themselves early: John Kelly and Gary Robbins.Kelly grew up in the mountains surrounding Frozen Head State Park. Robbins, meanwhile, was from Canada. They worked together for the first four loops.The race rules require that if two runners make it to lap five, they run it in opposite directions. As Kelly and Robbins started loop five around midnight, with about 13 hours remaining before the 60-hour cutoff, they both restocked quickly and hit the trail solo for the first time. At this point, they had not had any sleep in around 24 hours.During the final lap, it rained heavily. Kelly ran with an orange toboggan he had found on the trail, believed to have been dropped by an inmate from the nearby federal prison, along with a plastic grocery bag to keep him somewhat dry during the downpour.With about 30 minutes left on the clock, John Kelly pushed up the hill and touched the famed yellow gate moments later to complete The Barkley Marathons and become the 15th finisher of the event. The raw emotion on his face was a powerful testament to the moment. John pushed the Easy Button and took a seat.Meanwhile, Robbins’ wife and son waited nervously. Then, with a few seconds left, Robbins came running up the same road as Kelly—the wrong direction. Sprinting with everything he had, he lunged for the gate and collapsed on the road breathing heavily and soaking wet.When Robbins touched the gate, the time read 60:00:06—six seconds over the time limit of 60 hours.What had happened on the final lap? After reaching all the checkpoints, Robbins had gotten lost in the fog. He ended up going a few miles out of the way and had to swim across a flooded creek, a decision he made in his sleep-deprived state. He said that he knew he didn’t have the time to go back and get on the correct course route, so Robbins decided to race the clock even though he knew that going off course was grounds for disqualification.At the finish line, after catching his breath, Robbins thanked the race director. Robbins said not to worry about his race, but to congratulate and focus on John Kelly for his accomplishment and becoming the 15th Barkley finisher.Robbins began to walk to his tent with his family to clean up and get food in him, but not before having Taps played for his run. All eyes were on Robbins and his family as Dave the Bugler played what he called the hardest Taps the Barkley has ever heard.last_img read more