USS Nimitz strike group arrives at Naval Base Guam for ‘Safe Haven’ liberty


The USS Nimitz Carrier Strike group arrived at Naval Base Guam for a scheduled port visit Wednesday morning.

The strike group consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114).

The ships pulled into Apra Harbor, one after the other, for a “Safe Haven” liberty.

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(Video courtesy USS Nimitz FaceBook page)

Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Officer, LCDR Rick Moore confirmed that because of the Navy’s updated COVID-19 precautions, personnel on liberty will be limited in movement.

“USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrived at Naval Base Guam for a scheduled port visit June 24. Due to COVID-19 precautions, personnel on liberty will be limited to a designated safe haven area within the confines of the pier and designated beach area. Sailors will be able to take part in recreation and morale activities on the beach and pier, but will not physically interact with any base personnel or anyone not part of the ship’s crew,” said Moore.

USS Princeton. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

Moore confirmed that the crews of the guided-missile cruisers, USS Princeton, USS Sterett and USS Ralph Johnson, will be following the same protocols.

The measures were put in place to avoid bringing the virus onto the ships and facing a similar outbreak situation as the Roosevelt.

“The Navy remains focused on protecting our Sailors and their families, preventing the spread of the virus to U.S. forces, allies or partners, and ensuring our warfighting readiness in order to accomplish assigned missions,” added Moore.

Naval Base Guam has been designated as a Safe Haven Liberty Port by the U.S. Navy. 

The idea is to have safe ports for ships to pull in without a big risk of sailors bringing Coronavirus back onto the vessels.

Military officials also say they’re working on safe-haven ports in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East.