EVERETT -- The USS Nimitz tied up to its pier Monday morning at Everett Naval Station following a 70-day trip that included an exercise with other Pacific Rim countries.
Everett's centerpiece warship, the aircraft carrier Nimitz delivered its crew back to friends and family who had not seen them for more than two months.
"I can't overemphasize how proud I am of each and every one of the sailors aboard," said Capt. Jeff Ruth, Nimitz commanding officer, in a statement. "Their professionalism and stellar performance led 22 nations through this demanding exercise."
Since leaving Everett in June, the Nimitz crew completed a number of inspections and certifications that monitored the ship's ability to overcome various emergency scenarios, which then led up to the biennial "Rim of the Pacific" exercise, Ruth said.
As the flagship for the combined task force, the Nimitz and its crew took part in the world's largest international maritime exercise.