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Carrier USS Carl Vinson departs for Western Pacific

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Kristian Tarang, 1, wears a sailor costume as he waits with his mother, Genessis Tarang, alongside the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier as the ship is prepared for deployment Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in Coronado, Calif. The aircraft carrier is scheduled to deploy Wednesday to the Western Pacific, along with the USS Bunker Hill and the USS Halsey. Tarang's husband, Petty Officer Third Class Eli Tarang, is onboard the aircraft carrier.

NBCSanDiego.com reports:

Families say goodbye to sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson Wednesday morning, which departs for the Middle East from Coronado.

The ship was scheduled to leave in the morning, but encountered a mechanical issue and may have to wait until high tide returns to depart. As of 11 a.m., the captain told sailors to stand down, as fog was obstructing visibility.

Before its return to San Diego, the carrier conducted Osama Bin Laden’s burial at sea after a Navy SEAL team killed him in Pakistan in May.

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Sailors wave from the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier as the ship is prepared for deployment Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in Coronado, Calif.