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U.S.S. NIMITZ

(CVN-68)

TEAM WORK - A TRADITION

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Nimitz is a super carrier and among the largest of the warships in the world. Commissioned in 1975, she is a nuclear-powered multi-mission aircraft carrier. Though she began her service in Virginia, she was transferred to San Diego in 2001. A part of Carrier Strike Group 11, Nimitz is the flagship of the group.

Service Highlights

Over her impressive career, she has participated in the following operations and humanitarian missions:

  • Various deployments to the Mediterranean, including a role in response to the Iran hostage crisis called Operation Evening Light
  • During an exercise in international waters near Libya, shot down two Libyan aircraft
  • Deployed to the coast of Lebanon after the hijacking of TWA Flight 847
  • Security detail off the coast of South Korea during the 1988 Olympic Games
  • Operation Earnest Will to protect Kuwaiti tankers
  • Various deployments to the Middle East
  • Several world cruises
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

Nimitz plays a role in popular culture. A 2005 PBS documentary called Carrier profiled the daily life of Navy personnel abroad the ship. She was also featured in the film The Final Countdown and in the Tom Clancy novel Red Storm Rising.

CVN-68 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CVN-68 Shellback Initiation Add a CVN-68 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1974 - JAN 1980 Commisioning
JAN 1974 - JAN 1978 Mediterranean
MAY 1975 - MAY 1975 Commisioning
JUL 1976 - FEB 1977 Mediterranean
JAN 1977 - JAN 1978 Mediterranean
NOV 1977 - JUN 1978 Mediterranean
DEC 1977 - JUL 1978 Mediterranean
JAN 1978 - JAN 1980 Mediterranean-West Africa
JUN 1979 - JUN 1979 Filming of The Final Countdown
SEP 1979 - MAY 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 1 SEP 1979 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1980 - JAN 1981 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1980 - SEP 1980 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAY 1981 - MAY 1981 EA-6B PROWLER CRASH ON FLIGHT DECK...14 DEAD...45 WOUNDED
AUG 1981 - AUG 1981 VF-41 ATTACKED BY LIBYAN AIR FORCE..
JAN 1982 - AUG 1982 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1982 - APR 1983 Mediterranean
JAN 1984 - JUL 1984 Mediterranean
JAN 1984 - JAN 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR 1985 - OCT 1985 Mediterranean
AUG 1986 - OCT 1986 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
DEC 1986 - JUL 1987 Mediterranean & Home Port Change - Norfolk VA. to Bremerton WA
MAY 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 29 MAY 1987 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1987 - MAY 1987 Shellback Initiation - South Atlantic 29 May 1987
MAR 1988 - JAN 1989 Sea Trials
SEP 1988 - MAR 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean
NOV 1988 - NOV 1988 Flight Deck Fire
JAN 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 18 JAN 1989 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1990 - MAY 1990 Sea Trials
FEB 1991 - AUG 1991 Operation Desert Storm
JUL 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 2 JUL 1991 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1993 - AUG 1993 Operation Desert Storm Southern Watch
JUN 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 29 JUN 1993 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1995 - MAY 1996 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1995 - JUN 1996 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1997 - MAR 1998 97-98 World Tour
SEP 2001 - Shellback Initiation - 28 SEP 2001 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 2001 - NOV 2001 Cape Horn
MAR 2003 - NOV 2003 West Pac
MAR 2003 - Shellback Initiation - 1 MAR 2003 - Pacific Ocean
APR 2005 - Shellback Initiation - 18 APR 2005 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 2005 - NOV 2005 West Pac - IO - Persian Gulf - PBS Series CARRIER
APR 2007 - SEP 2007 West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP 2007 - Shellback Initiation - 10 SEP 2007 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 2008 - MAY 2008 West Pac-Indian Ocean

CVN-68 General Specifications

Class: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

Displacement: 100000 tons

Length: 1092 feet

Beam: 252 ft max.; 134 ft at waterlne

Draft: 37 ft

Power Plant: Two (2) nuclear reactors / four (4) sets of turbines / four (4) shafts

Propellers: Four (4) - Each 25 ft dia.

Flank Speed: 31 knots

Range: Unlimited - Refueled at approx. 25 years of service

Ships Company: approx 3200 Officers and Enlisted

Carrier Air Wing:
- 7 Fixed Wing Squadrons
- 1 Helicoper Squadron
- approx. 2400 Officers and Enlisted