USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

The Nimitz-class supercarriers are a line of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in service with the United States Navy, are the largest capital ships in the world, and these supercarriers are considered to be a hallmark of American superpower status. A total of nine ships of the class have been completed and at least one more is being built. 

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy, the lead ship of its class. She is one of the largest warships in the world. She was laid down, launched and commissioned as CVAN-68, but was redesignated CVN-68 (nuclear-powered multimission aircraft carrier) on 30 June 1975 as part of the fleet realignment of that year. 

The keel of USS Nimitz was laid down 22 June 1968 by Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, and she was commissioned 3 May 1975. Since then, USS Nimitz has been deployed world wide in the service of the US Navy. She remains in service. 

Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1972
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
United States of America 1975 2008 View


Ordered: 31 March 1967

Laid down: 22 June 1968

Displacement: Approximately 97,000 short tons (88,000 MT) full load

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 ft (11.3 m) 

Limit: 41 ft (12.5 m)

Propulsion: 2 x Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors 

4 x steam turbines 

4 x shafts 

260,000 shp (194 MW)

Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h)

Range: Essentially unlimited

Complement: Crew: 3,200 

Air wing: 2,480

Sensors and processing systems: AN/SPS-48E 3-D air search radar 

AN/SPS-49V)5 2-D air search radar 

AN/SPQ-9B target acquisition radar 

2 x AN/SPN-46 air traffic control radars 

AN/SPN-43B air traffic control radar 

AN/SPN-44 landing aid radars 

4 x Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems 

4 x Mk 95 radars

Electronic warfare and decoys: SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite 

SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures

Armament: 2 x 21 cell Sea RAM 

2 x Mk 29 Sea Sparrow

Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

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