Scene on the Sound: Nimitz returns to port

Friday, October 25, 2019

USS Nimitz
Photo by Jan Hansen

Today, instead of a gray ship on a gray day, both were brilliant, except for our usual haze, as CVN-68, "aircraft carrier, multi-mission, nuclear-powered," showed why she is at the head of her class.

The Nimitz class is a class of ten nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in service with the United States Navy. The lead ship of the class is named after World War II United States Pacific Fleet commander Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who was the U.S. Navy's last living fleet admiral. 

With an overall length of 1,092 ft and full-load displacement of over 100,000 long tons, the Nimitz-class ships were the largest warships built and in service until USS Gerald R. Ford entered the fleet in 2017.

--Jan Hansen


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