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  • 1975    

    Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear Powered) Nimitz class

        Derivatives / Succeeded by
    US Improved Nimitz class 1986
                            US Ford class 2017


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    92955full load (tn)
    344.70length (m)
    40.80beam (m)
    11.30draught (m)
    31max speed (knots)
    280000power (shp)
    4Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
    8Chaff and decoys Mark 36 SRBOC
    1Aids TACAN URN-25
    1Naval Radar air search radar AN/SPS-49
    1Naval Radar surface search radar AN/SPS-67


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        Typical Max
    US US Navy Sikorsky S-61 H-3 60

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    US Newport News Shipbuilding - 3

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    USUS NavyCVN-79Ford class USS John F Kennedy----
    USUS NavyCVN-68USS NimitzNMTZ - 681975--
    USUS NavyCVN-69USS Dwight D. EisenhowerNIKE - 691977--
    USUS NavyCVN-70USS Carl VinsonNCVV - 701982--
    USUS NavyCVN-71Improved Nimitz class USS Theodore RooseveltNNTR - 711986--
    USUS NavyCVN-72Improved Nimitz class USS Abraham LincolnNABE - 721989--
    USUS NavyCVN-73Improved Nimitz class USS George WashingtonNNGW - 731992--
    USUS NavyCVN-74Improved Nimitz class USS John C StennisNJCS - 741995--
    USUS NavyCVN-75Improved Nimitz class USS Harry S. TrumanNHST - 751998--
    USUS NavyCVN-76Improved Nimitz class USS Ronald ReaganNRGN - 762003--
    USUS NavyCVN-77Improved Nimitz class USS George H. W. BushNGHW - 772009--
    USUS NavyCVN-78Ford class USS Gerald R FordNGRF - 782017--

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    1967OrderedUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz
    1968-jun-22Laid downUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz
    1970OrderedUS CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
    1970-aug-15Laid downUS CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
    1972-may-15LaunchedUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz
    1974OrderedUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson
    1975-may-3CommissionedUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz
    1975-aug-19DeploymentUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz departed Norfolk VA, for 1 month N Atlantic deployment, with USS South Carolina until 15 Sep.
    1975-oct-11LaunchedUS CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
    1975-oct-11Laid downUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson
    1977-oct-18CommissionedUS CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
    1980-mar-15LaunchedUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson
    1980-apr-24DeploymentUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz Operation Eagles Claw Launched RH-53Ds of HM-16 from the Arabian Sea near the approaches to the Strait of Hormuz.
    1980-aug-20US CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Miss America Troop returns by helicopter from USS New Orleans LPH-11 after stop on USS Frederick LST-1184 in the Indian Ocean
    1982-mar-13CommissionedUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson
    1999-oct-6RefitUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson arrived Puget Sounds Naval Shipyard for 10 month overhaul
    2001HomeportUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz Re-located home port to San Diego
    2001-sep-12DeploymentUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson positioned to the northern Arabian Sea with HS-6 embarked, until 16 Dec.
    2007-sep-4DeploymentUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz Exercise Malabar 07-2 Participated in multi-national exercise in Bay of Bengal with Carrier Air Wing 11 embarked, until 9 Sep.
    2009-marAircraftUS CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower USCG Dolphin 6504
    2010-jan-15DeploymentUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson Operation Panlake Arrived off Port au Prince after being ordered from sea trials, with emergency aid and an embarked strength of 19 helicopters.
    2012-apr-7DeploymentUS CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson Exercise Malabar 2012 participated with Indian Navy in Exercise Malabar 2012.
    2013-marDeploymentUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz departed Everett Naval Station for 9 month West Pacific deployment to 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas. Returned to Everett NS in Dec.
    2013-augDeploymentUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz exercising in Gulf of Oman with its Battle Group and HMS Dragon.
    2015RefitUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz 16 month maintenance period at NS Kitsap, WA
    2018-marRefitUS CVN-68 USS Nimitz at Puget Sound. Refloated Dec 2018
    2020-jan-17DeploymentUS CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed US east coast with CAW-3 embarked (including elements of HSC-7 and HSM-74), for US 5th Fleet area of operations around the Gulf of Oman and the North Arabian Sea. The COVID19 situation resulted in nearly 7 months without a Port Visit. Returned to NS Norfolk on 9 Aug.

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