The USS Stennis is home in Norfolk

John C. Stennis was homeported in Bremerton, Washington. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Naval Station Norfolk)
John C. Stennis was homeported in Bremerton, Washington. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Naval Station Norfolk)

NORFOLK — Nearly 4,500 sailors arrived here Thursday morning when USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) pulled into port.

The aircraft carrier’s new home is Naval Station Norfolk. It had been deployed for the last several months.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), recently moved its homeport from Norfolk to San Diego.

The USS Lincoln, commissioned in 1989, previously served in the Pacific Fleet from 1990-2011 before moving to Norfolk for midlife refueling.

John C. Stennis was homeported in Bremerton, Washington. It will undergo its midlife refueling, or reactor complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding.

The Stennis was commissioned in 1995.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.