USS Nimitz

  • uss nimitz (cvn-68)
    uss nimitz (cvn-68).jpg
    uss nimitz (cvn-68) off the coast of san diego in july 2009
    history
    united states
    name: uss nimitz
    namesake: fadm chester w. nimitz, usn, (1885–1966)
    ordered: 31 march 1967
    builder: newport news shipbuilding, newport news, virginia
    cost: $1.0 billion (1975 dollars)[1]
    laid down: 22 june 1968
    launched: 13 may 1972
    commissioned: 3 may 1975
    reclassified: cvn-68
    homeport: naval base kitsap
    identification:
    • 303981000
    • callsign: nmtz
    motto: teamwork, a tradition
    nickname(s): "old salt" "uncle chester"
    status: in active service
    badge: uss nimitz cvn-68 crest.png
    general characteristics
    class and type: nimitz-class aircraft carrier
    displacement: 100,020 tonnes (110,250 short tons)[2]
    length:
    • overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
    • waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
    beam:
    • overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
    • waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
    draft:
    • maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
    • limit: 41 feet (12.5 m)
    propulsion:
    • 2 × westinghouse a4w nuclear reactors
    • 4 × steam turbines
    • 4 × shafts
    • 260,000 shp (194 mw)
    speed: 31.5 knots (58.3 km/h; 36.2 mph)[3]
    range: unlimited distance; 20–25 years
    complement:
    • ship's company: 3,532
    • air wing: 2,480
    sensors and
    processing systems:
    • an/sps-48e 3-d air search radar
    • an/sps-49(v)5 2-d air search radar
    • an/spq-9b target acquisition radar
    • an/spn-46 air traffic control radars
    • an/spn-43c air traffic control radar
    • an/spn-41 landing aid radars
    • 4 × mk 91 nssm guidance systems
    • 4 × mk 95 radars
    electronic warfare
    & decoys:
    • an/slq-32a(v)4 countermeasures suite
    • slq-25a nixie torpedo countermeasures
    armament:
    • 2 × sea sparrow
    • 2 × rim-116 rolling airframe missile
    • 2 × phalanx ciws (close-in weapons system) gatling guns
    • 4 × mk 38 25mm autocannon turrets
    • 10 × .50 cal turret emplacements
    armor: unknown
    aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

    uss nimitz (cvn-68) is a supercarrier of the united states navy, and the lead ship of her class. one of the largest warships in the world, she was laid down, launched, and commissioned as cvan-68, "aircraft carrier, attack, nuclear powered", but she was later redesignated as cvn-68, "aircraft carrier, multi-mission, nuclear-powered", on 30 june 1975, as part of a fleet-wide realignment that year.

    the ship was named after world war ii pacific fleet commander chester w. nimitz, usn, (1885–1966), who was the navy’s third fleet admiral. nimitz had her homeport at naval station norfolk until 1987, when she was relocated to naval station bremerton in washington (now part of naval base kitsap). following her refueling and complex overhaul in 2001, her home port was changed to naval air station north island in san diego county, california. the home port of nimitz was again moved to naval station everett in washington in 2012.

    in january 2015, nimitz changed home port from everett back to naval base kitsap.[4] with the inactivation of uss enterprise in 2012 and decommissioning in 2017, nimitz is now the oldest u.s. aircraft carrier in service.

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USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
USS Nimitz (CVN-68).jpg
USS Nimitz (CVN-68) off the coast of San Diego in July 2009
History
United States
Name: USS Nimitz
Namesake: FADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, (1885–1966)
Ordered: 31 March 1967
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia
Cost: $1.0 billion (1975 dollars)[1]
Laid down: 22 June 1968
Launched: 13 May 1972
Commissioned: 3 May 1975
Reclassified: CVN-68
Homeport: Naval Base Kitsap
Identification:
Motto: Teamwork, a Tradition
Nickname(s): "Old Salt" "Uncle Chester"
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Nimitz CVN-68 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 100,020 tonnes (110,250 short tons)[2]
Length:
  • Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
  • Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam:
  • Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
  • Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Draft:
  • Maximum navigational: 37 feet (11.3 m)
  • Limit: 41 feet (12.5 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 31.5 knots (58.3 km/h; 36.2 mph)[3]
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Complement:
  • Ship's company: 3,532
  • Air wing: 2,480
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar
  • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2-D air search radar
  • AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar
  • AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars
  • AN/SPN-43C air traffic control radar
  • AN/SPN-41 landing aid radars
  • 4 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
  • 4 × Mk 95 radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament:
Armor: Unknown
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is a supercarrier of the United States Navy, and the lead ship of her class. One of the largest warships in the world, she was laid down, launched, and commissioned as CVAN-68, "aircraft carrier, attack, nuclear powered", but she was later redesignated as CVN-68, "aircraft carrier, multi-mission, nuclear-powered", on 30 June 1975, as part of a fleet-wide realignment that year.

The ship was named after World War II Pacific fleet commander Chester W. Nimitz, USN, (1885–1966), who was the Navy’s third fleet admiral. Nimitz had her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk until 1987, when she was relocated to Naval Station Bremerton in Washington (now part of Naval Base Kitsap). Following her Refueling and Complex Overhaul in 2001, her home port was changed to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego County, California. The home port of Nimitz was again moved to Naval Station Everett in Washington in 2012.

In January 2015, Nimitz changed home port from Everett back to Naval Base Kitsap.[4] With the inactivation of USS Enterprise in 2012 and decommissioning in 2017, Nimitz is now the oldest U.S. aircraft carrier in service.