:: NIMITZ CLASS (1972-2006) ::

Nimitz class aircraft carrier (1972-2006) High resolution picture

Nimitz class aircraft carrier (1972-2006) High resolution picture

The large size of these nuclear-powered aircraft carriers can be gauged from the way the aircraft are dwarfed by the flight deck surface of 182 hectares. The Carrier Air Wing transported in each of these carriers is larger and better balanced than most national air forces in the world. The CAW usually comprises twenty-four naval fighters F-14 Tomcat, twenty-four polyvalent fighters F/A-18 Hornet, ten attack aircraft A-6E Intruder, four tanker aircraft KA-6D Intruder, four early warning aircraft E-2C Hawkeye AEW, ten antisubmarine aircraft S-3A Viking ASW and six antisubmarine helicopters SH-3H Sea King ASW plus transports.

Nimitz class: 10 units - Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), George Washington (CVN-73), Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), John C. Stennis (CVN-74), Nimitz (CVN-68), Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

Type: Aircraft carrier

Length: 332.9 meters

Beam: 76.8 meters

Draught: 11.3 meters

Displacement (standard): 82900 tonnes

Propulsion: 4 x shaft, 4 x steam turbine General Electric, 2 x nuclear reactor Westinghouse A4W 550 megawatt, 280000 horsepower

Speed: 33 knots (61.1 kilometers/hour)

Range: 675000-840000 nautical miles at 30 knots

Complement: 3300 of naval crew, 3000 of air wing

Armament (as built): 3 x octuple BPDMS Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile launcher

Armament (later): 3 x octuple BPDMS Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile launcher, 3-4 x Phalanx CIWS or RIM-116 RAM surface-to-air missile launcher

Armor: Hull and flight deck are armored

Aircraft: About 90

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