Four Acres of Sovereign Soil

On December 10, after six months and more than 78,000 miles at sea, the USS Nimitz returned to Sinclair Inlet in Bremerton, and island native Cori O’Brien captured this moving shot as the aircraft carrier made its way through Rich Passage. Nimitz had been in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf visiting Hawaii, Sri Lanka, India, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Thailand and Japan. Shooting from Lytle Beach—where four families gathered to wave the ship in—O’Brien was accompanied by friend and islander TRACEY HINES, whose husband, Commander Thomas Blair Hines JR., was onboard. Hines was also welcoming home her son, who had the special opportunity to participate in a Tiger Cruise (where a family member of the crew gets to experience life aboard their sailor’s ship), voyaging with his father from Hawaii to Bremerton. Welcome home and Bravo Zulu!