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Looking out the open door of a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter
Petty Officer 2nd Class Leslie Boedecker, assigned to the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, looks through the open door of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a live-fire exercise on November 27, 2016. HSC 8 is currently underway with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), while the ship conducts Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP), which evaluates the crew on their performance during training drills and real-world scenarios. Once Nimitz completes TSTA/FEP they will begin Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment. Photo by Seaman Cody M. Deccio/U.S. Navy/UPI
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USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is a supercarrier in the United States Navy, the lead ship of its class. She is one of the largest warships in the world. She was laid down, launched and commissioned as CVAN-68, but was redesignated CVN-68 (nuclear-powered multimission aircraft carrier) on 30 June 1975 as part of the fleet realignment of that year.

The keel of Nimitz was laid down 22 June 1968 by Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, and she was commissioned 3 May 1975 by President Gerald Ford. The ship was named for Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who commanded the Pacific fleet in World War II. Unlike all subsequent Nimitz class carriers, Nimitz only uses its namesake's surname. Captain Michael Manazir assumed command of the Nimitz on 16 March 2007.

The documentary series Carrier focuses on the life of Nimitz and the crew members that served on it during a six month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.

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