Throughout its service, the USS Nimitz has been deployed to several notable locations, including the coast of Lebanon, the Taiwan Strait, the coast of South Korea, Hong Kong and the North Arabian Sea. Additionally, the USS Nimitz has been anchored off Chennai, India, and stationed in the Persian Gulf.
The USS Nimitz has been stationed in the Mediterranean Sea six times over the course of its history, assisting in missions during the Iran hostage crisis, the Gulf of Sidra incident and the hijacking of TWA Flight 847. During Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the carrier relieved ships in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea, serving as the launching pad for aircraft sorties flying over Iraq and Afghanistan.
Outside of wartime, the USS Nimitz provided security during the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, and completed a full transit around South America after its home base was relocated to San Diego, California. The ship has also traveled extensively as part of various peacekeeping missions. As part of Operation Southern Watch, the USS Nimitz conducted an around-the-world cruise, beginning with a tour of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, continuing through the Persian Gulf and concluding in Newport News, Virginia.