Aircraft carrier Nimitz heads to Everett WA home

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BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz has left Bremerton for its new homeport at Naval Station Everett after wrapping up $239 million worth of maintenance and upgrades at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://is.gd/iKYZnt) the Nimitz departed Monday afternoon after a roughly yearlong maintenance period.

Ship spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Karin Burzynski says departure was delayed two months because more maintenance work was identified. She didn't provide details.

The crew conducted dock trials last week, with the Nimitz simulating leaving port and testing about 100 systems.

The carrier USS John C. Stennis returned last Friday from a seven-month deployment, joining both the Nimitz and the carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is just starting its maintenance period.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/