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CVN 68 Nimitz  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1975
Total Production: 10
Unitary Cost: USD$6.2 billion
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: CVN 68 Nimitz
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1975
Total Production: 10
Total Cost: USD$63 billion
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Description: The CVN 68 Nimitz class aircraft carriers have been designed to provide an independent forward presence and conventional deterrent in peacetime, the cornerstone of joint/allied forces expeditionary maritime forces in time of crisis, support for aircraft attacks on enemies, protect friendly forces, and engage in sustained independent operations in war.

The Nimitz-class carriers are the largest warships in the world and each one of them can accommodate up to 85 aircraft. They have been deployed to support major military conflicts occurred from 1975 to the present day. They played an important role during the Gulf War in 1991, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2001), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq 2003).

The CVN 77 George H. W. Bush will be tenth and last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The Bush aircraft carrier will incorporate many new design features over current Nimitz carriers. Controls on the bridge and propulsion plant will be automated, the main mast will be made of composites, enhanced computing architecture, and mission planning capability will be some of the advanced features of the last Nimitz-class carrier.

The George H. W. Bush's keel was laid down in 2003. The christening ceremony for the George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier was held at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyards, Newport News, Virginia, October 7, 2006. The ship will be delivered to the US Navy in 2008.

On 16 November 2006 the US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a contract with a potential value of $558 million for the refueling and complex overhaul of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The ship will arrive at Newport News shipyard in 2009 where more than 1,300 employees will take care of the refueling work which is implemented only once during the 50-year lifespan of Nimitz-class carriers.

CVN 68 Nimitz Specifications

Crew: 5,680
Number of Engines: 2
Beam: 77 meter (252 foot)
Length: 333 meter (1,092 foot)
Ship's Height: 41 meter
Top Speed: 15.5 mps (30.2 knot)
Service Life: 50 year
Full Displacement: 98,557 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

CVN 68 Nimitz News

There are 20 news between
3 Jun 2004 and 8 Aug 2017
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017US Navy Super Hornet Bugged by Iran Qom-1 Drone
Friday, January 22, 2016Nulka Decoy Test Fired from USS Eisenhower Aircraft Carrier
Friday, March 6, 2015French Submarine Saphir Virtually Sinks US Aircraft Carrier Group during Drills
Monday, November 17, 2014US Navy F-35C Stealth Fighter Completes Initial Sea Trials aboard Aircraft Carrier
Tuesday, November 4, 2014US Navy F-35C Completes First Arrested Landing Aboard Aircraft Carrier
Monday, August 18, 2014F/A-18 and X-47B Demonstrate Integrated Manned, Unmanned Flight Operations
Tuesday, July 8, 2014Aegis Baseline 9 Demonstrates Over the Horizon Capability in Series of Three Tests
Wednesday, July 10, 2013US Navy X-47B Makes First Arrested Landing at Sea
Tuesday, May 14, 2013US Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Aircraft Successfully Completes First Carrier Launch
Tuesday, July 12, 2011US Navy's EA-18G Growlers Complete First Combat Deployment

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America10
Oct 201310

Grand Total 101
Combat Aircraft
EA-6B Prowlerx4
ES-3A Shadowx2
F-14A Tomcatx20
F-14B Tomcatx20
F-14D Tomcatx20
F/A-18A Hornetx36
F/A-18B Hornetx36
F/A-18C Hornetx36
F/A-18D Hornetx36
F/A-18E Super Hornetx36
F/A-18F Super Hornetx36
Defensive Weapons
RIM-162D ESSMx24
Protection Systems
Mk 15 Phalanx Block 1Bx4
Mk-31 RAMx2
Support Aircraft
E-2C Hawkeyex4
S-3B Vikingx6
SH-60F Ocean Hawkx4

CVN 68 Nimitz Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
CVN 68 USS Nimitz-1975-
CVN 69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower-1977-
CVN 70 USS Carl Vinson-1982-
CVN 71 USS Theodore Roosevelt-1986-
CVN 72 USS Abraham Lincoln-1989-
CVN 73 USS George Washington-1992-
CVN 74 USS John C. Stennis-1995-
CVN 75 USS Harry S. Truman-1998-
CVN 76 USS Ronald Reagan-2002-
CVN 77 USS George H. W. Bush-10 Jan 2009-

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