Story by John C. Stennis Public Affairs
PUGET SOUND, Washington – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) got underway from Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington, on Nov. 22 to conduct routine training and participate in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events in Hawaii.
Dec. 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States’ entrance into World War II.
This year’s commemoration’s focus, “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” is highlighted through events that have already begun and will continue through Dec. 11. These include remembrance events, concerts and performances by military and civilian groups, themed movies on the beach, events for World War II and Pearl Harbor survivors and veterans, educational opportunities and the Honolulu Marathon.
The commemoration planning has been led by the 75th Commemoration Committee, in partnership with the U.S. military, other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and business partners.
Prior to arriving in Hawaii and after its departure, John C. Stennis will conduct at-sea training to maintain and build technical and operational proficiency. Ongoing training is essential in ensuring U.S. warships remain capable, adaptive and able to carry out an array of missions around the world. Scheduled operations and training while underway include damage control and firefighting drills, flight operations, seamanship evolutions, engineering training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.
John C. Stennis returned to their homeport of Bremerton, Washington, Aug. 14, following a regularly scheduled seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific. During the deployment, John C. Stennis worked together with allied nations, participating in multinational exercises including Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea military, Malabar with the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise with 26 participating nations, 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.
For more information on commemorative events, visit https://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com/full-schedule-of-events/