USS Nimitz arrives at Everett home port

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Everett welcomed the latest aircraft carrier to call the naval station its home port with the arrival Friday of the USS Nimitz.

It docked following sea trials and a year-long $239 million overhaul at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The Nimitz brings about 3,000 sailors and many of their families to Snohomish County.

The Nimitz replaces the Lincoln, which deployed in December and is later scheduled for a lengthy refueling of its nuclear reactors at a shipyard in Virginia.

Two aircraft carriers remain at Bremerton. The USS Stennis returned to its home port last Friday from a seven-month deployment. And, the Ronald Reagan is starting an overhaul at the shipyard.