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
Forty years after the first Nimitz-class carrier, the first of a new class is being built in the docks of Newport News Shipbuilding: Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The ship features new technology that will save the Navy money.
The new design brings many performance improvements, including:
- 25 percent increase in sortie generation rate
- 2.5 times electrical generation capacity over the Nimitz-class
- Manpower reduction of 500 billets
- The new carrier class was redesigned from the keel to the mast of the island house.
Among the improvements:
- New reactor and propulsion plants
- Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), an improvement over steam catapult system
- New island
- All electric ship
- Major space rearrangement
- Flight deck extensions
- Advanced arresting gear
USS George Washington (CVN 73) departed Japan and sailed into open waters Friday to conduct sea trials in preparation for the ship’s next patrol. The trials are a certification process that ensures the ship, its equipment and crew are prepared for extended periods at sea.
Sailors prepare smoke canisters on the fantail of USS George Washington (CVN 73) for use as targets during a weapons familiarization drill.
Being instructed on how how to signal the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) using a signal board while aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Preparing to shoot a mooring line to the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) evolution.
Blowing the whistle to signal his Sailors to begin line-handling as USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls alongside the USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).
Sailors moving to retrieve ammunition during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift’s Command’s dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6).
Sailors stand by to move weapons during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS)
Directing an SH-60F Seahawk aboard aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Getting some direction during the RAS.During the RAS, George Washington took on 1.9 million gallons of JP-5 fuel.
Conducting a test of a .50-caliber machine gun off the fantail during a weapons familiarization drill.
Moving ammunition during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) evolution aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73). During the RAS, George Washington took on approximately 3.7 million pounds of ammunition.
Back in the ‘40’s USS Yorktown (CV 10) played a vital role in the Pacific Theatre of Operations in WWII earning 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Nearly ten years later she earned another 5 battle stars serving in Vietnam.
On June 18th, the decommissioned Yorktown will add another chapter to the history books as she will host the first-round of the South Atlantic League All-Star Game home run derby aboard her deck.
“This is the Gerald R. Ford aircraft supercarrier. She will be the lead ship of the new class that will eventually replace the Nimitz-class supercarriers.”
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