Seaman Eliza Manuel salutes as USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) passes the USS Arizona Memorial, Dec. 2. (U.S. Navy/PO3 Cole C. Pielop)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 2, to participate in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events in Hawaii.

John C. Stennis got underway from Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington, on Nov. 22 to conduct routine training.

Dec. 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, which precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II.

The theme of this year’s commemoration, “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” is highlighted through events that have already begun and will continue through Dec. 11.

These include remembrance events, concerts and performances by military and civilian groups, themed movies on the beach, events for World War II and Pearl Harbor survivors and veterans, educational opportunities and the Honolulu Marathon.

The commemoration planning is led by the 75th Commemoration Committee, in partnership with the U.S. military, other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and business partners.

Prior to arriving in Hawaii and after its departure, John C. Stennis conducted at-sea training to maintain and build technical and operational proficiency. Ongoing training is essential in ensuring U.S. warships remain capable, adaptive and able to carry out an array of missions around the world. Scheduled operations and training while underway included damage control and firefighting drills, carrier qualifications, flight deck operations, seamanship evolutions, engineering training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.