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Originally published Friday, March 9, 2012 at 5:02 AM

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USS Nimitz arriving at Everett home port

Everett welcomes the latest aircraft carrier to call the naval station its home port.

The Associated Press

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EVERETT, Wash. —

Everett welcomes the latest aircraft carrier to call the naval station its home port.

The arrival of the Nimitz Friday follows 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.

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