As the lead ship in the Nimitz-class of aircraft carriers USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has the unique distinction of not being named after an elected official. In fact, USS Nimitz only uses the surname of her namesake, Chester W. Nimitz, unlike all other carriers in her class.
To help celebrate her birthday, here are some fun facts about the ship:
Nickname: Old Salt
Motto: Teamwork, a tradition
Displacement: 100,000 long tons
Length: 1,092 feet
Height: Over 18 stories high from the keel to the top of the mast
Commissioned: May 3, 1975, at Pier 12, Naval Station Norfolk, VA. by the Honorable Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States