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
Air force Capt. Jason Coleman and his daughter watch as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.
Being billed as one of the largest international maritime exercises ever, 22 nations came together as RIMPAC (the Rim of the Pacific war games), got underway last Friday in Hawaii.
25,000 personnel, 42 ships, six submarines, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) aircraft carrier and more than 200 aircraft that will participate in this year’s RIMPAC.
Recently featured in the summer blockbuster Battleship, RIMPAC is set to be just as exciting, minus the alien encounters. As participants will train to clear mines, dispose of explosives and come to the aid of civilians in natural disasters, among other drills — making RIMPAC a key training tool in global cooperation and prosperity.
In 2009, Bill Reichert, a self-described “granola-eating, Left Coast venture capitalist,” spent 30 hours aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). He found that what makes the U.S. Navy so successful — and aircraft carriers hum — can also be important lessons for business.
Read about his experience in “Business Academy: Lessons From the U.S. Navy” on Forbes.com.