The USS Nimitz, based in its home port of Everett, Washington, is named after Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Second World War. It is the lead ship of America’s largest class of aircraft carriers and the first commissioned nuclear powered ship of its class. This impressive feat of engineering can hold up to five thousand crew members, carry ninety helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and is twenty-three stories high. Community outreach programming saw USS Nimitz sailors participate in various sporting events with their Royal Canadian Navy counterparts and volunteer at a senior citizen’s home and serve lunch at a downtown Victoria shelter.
Additionally, Consul General Anne Callaghan shared hosting duties with Rear Admiral Mewbourne at a reception on board the Nimitz, which was attended by several distinguished figures from the U.S. and Canadian Navies and the city of Victoria. The reception conveyed the message that the United States and Canada are important allies and partners in defense, and that our mutual defense partnership affords each of us greater security.
Please click here to view photos from the ship’s visit to Victoria.