CSG 11 provides combatant commanders with a responsive, flexible, all-weather naval force that can conduct maritime security operations, respond to crises, and protect U.S. and partner interests across the globe.

CSG 11’s motto: Combat Proven [Commander of Carrier Strike Group Eleven, Rear Admiral Christopher Sweeney]


  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68) – CSG 11’s flagship; Capable of sea control, strikes against several types of targets, maritime security operations, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and integrated multi-domain and joint training.
  • Carrier Air Wing (CVW 17) – Nine squadrons of aircraft including:
    • F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
    • E/A-18G Growler
    • E-2C Hawkeye
    • MH-60R/S Sea Hawk
    • C-2A Greyhound
  • Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 & USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) – include:
  • Arleigh Burke-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer
  • Ticonderoga-Class Guided-Missile Cruiser

Current Operations

Nimitz Carrier Strike group departed Bremerton, WA for a routine deployment in November 2022. Nimitz CSG has participated in several joint and integrated training operations. NIMSG has professionally executed operational tasking across the C7F AOR to include the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea.

USS Nimitz [Captain Craig Sicola, commanding officer of USS Nimitz]

USS Nimitz was commissioned May 3, 1975, and named in honor of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who achieved the highest rank in the United States Navy as Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet during World War II. Nimitz is home ported in Bremerton, Washington, and currently has about 4,600 men and women on board that are assigned to the ship, embarked Carrier Air Wing 17, and embarked staffs. The mission of Nimitz and its air wing is to conduct air operations while forward deployed in support of the Maritime Strategy. Nimitz is 1,092 ft. long, 252 ft. wide and 244 ft. high (as high as 23-story building). It displaces 97,000 tons and uses two nuclear reactors to provide virtually unlimited range and endurance, as well as a top speed in excess of 30+ knots.  Width of flight deck at widest point – 257 feet (78 meters).

USS Nimitz’s Motto: Teamwork, a Tradition

Flight Operations

The four elevators transport aircraft and equipment rapidly to and from the flight deck. Each of them can lift over 130,000 pounds or two, fully loaded FA/18E Super Hornets to the flight deck. Nine weapons elevators located in the hangar bays to support transferring ordnance from the ships magazines to the hangar bay and up to the flight deck.