Mount Baker looms in the distance as the aircraft carrier Nimitz (CVN 68) departs for a scheduled deployment from its homeport, Naval Station Everett, Wash., on March 30. (MCS 2nd Class Nathan Lockwood / Navy)
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EVERETT, Wash. — The Navy has delayed the departure of the USS Nimitz from Naval Station Everett.
The aircraft carrier had been scheduled to leave about 4 p.m. Friday. Public Affairs Officer Kristin Ching says it was postponed to 9 a.m. Saturday to complete required preparations for deployment.
The Nimitiz is headed for six to 10 months in the western Pacific and Persian Gulf.
It's the first major deployment of the Nimitz from its Everett home port. The Nimitz arrived last year, replacing the Lincoln that left in 2011 for nuclear refueling at a shipyard in Virginia.
Commissioned in 1975, the Nimitz is the oldest operating Navy aircraft carrier. It has a crew of 3,000 that grows by 2,000 more when it is joined at sea by its air wing at San Diego.