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Aircraft Carriers

Nimitz “Super Carrier”

All 10 of the Nimitz class carriers were built by Newport News Shipbuilding Company here in Virginia, and cost approximately $4.5 Billion each. Nimitz class carriers have a complement of 3,200 with an air wing complement of 2,480. They are armed with two or three NATO Sea Sparrow launchers and 20mm Phalanx CIWS (close in weapons system) mounts. On a typical deployment this class of carrier has around 90 various aircraft on board. Nimitz Carriers are stationed here in Norfolk as well as San Diego California and Everett Washington. With an overall length of 1,092 ft (333 m) and full-load displacements of over 100,000 long tons they are the largest warships built in service. They are also fast for their size, using two nuclear reactors four steam turbines and 4 shafts, they can reach speeds around 30 knots. Stationed in Norfolk:

Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Commissioned October 18, 1977

Theodore Roosevelt Subclass

This subclass of carrier was first launched in 1984, and is stationed here in Norfolk, Everett Washington, Yokosuka Japan, and Bremerton Washington. Those stationed in Norfolk are:

Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Commissioned October 25, 1986

Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Commissioned November 11, 1989

Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Commissioned July 25, 1998

Ronald Reagan Subclass

The Ronald Reagan and other later carriers are slightly different structurally than the first Nimitz carriers. These carriers have improved protection for ordnance stored in their magazines, as well as an upgraded flight deck for ballistic protection. This class of ship is stationed in Norfolk Virginia and in San Diego California. Stationed in Norfolk:

George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) Commissioned January 10, 2009

Enterprise Subclass

The USS Enterprise is the world’s longest naval vessel, standing at 1,123 feet. The Enterprise is the only ship in her class, and at the time of her inactivation, she was the third oldest commissioned US Naval vessel. Currently, the Enterprise is still a commissioned ship but is inactive. During this inactivation period all usable systems, fuel, fluids, and tools will be removed, rendering the ship unfit for service.

Enterprise (CVN-65)

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