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Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier

The Nimitz Class aircraft carriers are the largest warships ever built. Aircraft carriers support and operate aircraft that engage in attacks on airborne, afloat and ashore targets that threaten free use of the sea. The aircraft carrier and its strike group also engage in sustained power projection operations, as well as maritime security operations to interdict threats to merchant shipping and prevent the use of the seas for terrorism and piracy. They also provide unique capabilities for disaster response and humanitarian assistance.
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier Copyright © Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh, U.S. Navy

Contractor

Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding Co. - Newport News, Virginia, USA

Complement

Ship's Company
203 Officers
2981 Enlisted Personnel
Aircrew
366 Officers
2434 Enlisted Personnel
Flag
25 Officers
45 Enlisted Personnel

Capacity

85 aircraft

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 332.84 meters 1 092 feet
Beam: 40.84 meters 134 feet
Flight deck width: 76.81 meters 252 feet
Weight
Displacement: 98 556.55 metric tons ~97 000 long tons
Features
Propulsion: two Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, four shafts
Performance: 260 shaft horsepower
Speed: 30+ knots (55+ kilometers per hour) (34+ miles per hour)
Miscellaneous
Aircraft elevators: 4
Catapults: 4

Nimitz Subclass

Status

In active service

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
CVN 68 USS Nimitz 1975-05-03 - In active service
CVN 69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 1977-10-18 - In active service
CVN 70 USS Carl Vinson 1982-03-13 - In active service

Theodore Roosevelt Subclass

Status

In active service

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
CVN 71 USS Theodore Roosevelt 1986-10-25 - In active service
CVN 72 USS Abraham Lincoln 1989-11-11 - In active service
CVN 73 USS George Washington 1992-07-04 - In active service
CVN 74 USS John C. Stennis 1995-12-09 - In active service
CVN 75 USS Harry S. Truman 1998-07-25 - In active service

Ronald Reagan Subclass

Status

In active service

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
CVN 76 USS Ronald Reagan 2003-07-12 - In active service
CVN 77 USS George H. W. Bush 2009-01-10 - In active service