Updated at 3:44 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2009
USS Stennis arrives at Pearl Harbor
The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis arrived at Pearl Harbor this morning for a port visit after a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
The Stennis, with nearly 5,000 crew and air wing members, is based out of Bremerton, Wash.
Stennis left Bremerton on Jan. 13 for what was supposed to be an approximately six-month tour. It picked up Carrier Air Wing 9 during a stop in San Diego.
The regularly scheduled deployment is part of the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan, which is designed to allow the Navy to rapidly respond on short notice.
A sailor on the Stennis died April 24 while the carrier was moored at Changi Pier in Singapore when he was crushed between a small boat and the ship’s hull, the Navy said.
The sailor was conducting a routine procedure to secure drains from the ship’s catapult system at the time, officials said. Stennis had arrived in Singapore on the same day.
The Navy also relieved of duty the ship’s executive officer five days later in an action that was unrelated to the death of the sailor, the Associated Press said.
AP said Cmdr. David L. Burnham was relieved of duty by the commander of the carrier strike group for undisclosed personal misconduct.