USS Nimitz

The USS Nimitz nearly had its deployment extended to help relief efforts, but improving conditions on the ground in the Philippines mean an additional carrier presence isn’t needed.

Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Harry Harris ordered the Japan-based aircraft carrier USS George Washington to interrupt its Western Pacific patrol and head to the Philippines days after Typhoon Haiyan roared ashore Nov. 8.

The Nimitz, which is on its way back to its homeport in Everett, WA, was next in line.

“[USS Nimitz] is going by the Philippines now, and, I’ll be honest with you, I thought about holding her there in order to do some work there, depending on the severity and type of the relief operations in the Philippines,” Harris said during a visit Tuesday with sailors at Yokosuka Naval Base. “I did not have to do that.”


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