She was commissioned in May 1975. In 1977-1979 has several deploys in Mediterranean Sea. In April 1980 she took part in failed Operation Evening Light - unsuccessful attempt to rescue the US Embassy staff being held hostage in Tehran, Iran. On May 26th, 1981 EA-6B Prowlers crash landed on her flight deck, killing 14 crewmen and injuring 45 others. In August 1981 her aircraft took part in the first Gulf of Sidra incident - combat with Libyan aircraft, In 1985 she was deployed off the coast of Lebanon in response to USA B-727 hijacking by Lebanese terrorists. During the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, the Nimitz provided security off the coast of South Korea. In the end of 1988 she took part in Operation Earnest Will - escorting of Kuwaiti oil tankers during the last stage of the Iran-Iraqi war. In February 1991 she took part in "Desert Storm". In 1993 she operated in Persian Gulf to enforce the no-fly zone in Iraq (Operation Southern Watch). In 1996 during the Taiwan Strait Crisis she was deployed off Taiwan. In 1997-2001 she was overhauled. In 2003, 2005 and 2007 she operated in Persian Gulf and supported operations in Iraq. In 2009 Planned Incremental Availability works will begin.
Took part in wars:
Operation Eagle Claw (US operation to rescue the hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran) (1980)
Gulf of Sidra incident (first) (1981)
Desert Storm (Second Gulf War) (1990-1991)
Operation Southern Watch/Northern Watch (Monitoring and Controlling Iraqi Airspace) (1992-2003)
US/UK occupation of Iraq (Third Gulf War) (2003-....)
Vought A-7 Corsair 2 [ 10 ];
North American A-5/RA-5 Vigilante [ 3 ];
Mc.Donnell Douglas F-4 Phantom 2 [ 15 18 ];
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye [ 7 ];
Grumman F-14 Tomcat [ 2 8 ];
Mc.Donnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet [ 5 ];
Lockheed S-3 Viking [ 3 4 ].