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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

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN1974-JAN1980Commisioning
JAN1974-JAN1978Mediterranean
MAY1975-MAY1975Commisioning
JUL1976-FEB1977Mediterranean
JAN1977-JAN1978Mediterranean
NOV1977-JUN1978Mediterranean
DEC1977-JUL1978Mediterranean
JAN1978-JAN1980Mediterranean-West Africa
JUN1979-JUN1979Filming of The Final Countdown
SEP1979-MAY1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1979-Shellback Initiation - 1 SEP 1979 - Indian Ocean
JAN1980- Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1980-Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN1980-Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1980-Shellback Initiation - 12 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1980-JAN1981Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1980- Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1980 - Indian Ocean
SEP1980-SEP1980Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAY1981-MAY1981EA-6B PROWLER CRASH ON FLIGHT DECK...14 DEAD...45 WOUNDED
AUG1981-AUG1981VF-41 ATTACKED BY LIBYAN AIR FORCE..
JAN1982-AUG1982Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1982-APR1983Mediterranean
JAN1984-JAN1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1984-JUL1984Mediterranean
MAR1985-OCT1985Mediterranean
AUG1986-OCT1986Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
DEC1986-JUL1987Mediterranean & Home Port Change - Norfolk VA. to Bremerton WA
MAY1987- Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1987 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1987-MAY1987Shellback Initiation - South Atlantic 29 May 1987
MAY1987-Shellback Initiation - 29 MAY 1987 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1988-JAN1989Sea Trials
SEP1988-MAR1989West Pac-Indian Ocean
NOV1988-NOV1988Flight Deck Fire
JAN1989-Shellback Initiation - 18 JAN 1989 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1990-MAY1990Sea Trials
FEB1991-AUG1991Operation Desert Storm
JUL1991-Shellback Initiation - 2 JUL 1991 - Indian Ocean
FEB1993-AUG1993Operation Desert Storm Southern Watch
JUN1993-Shellback Initiation - 29 JUN 1993 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1995-MAY1996West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1995-JUN1996Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1997-MAR199897-98 World Tour
SEP2001-NOV2001Cape Horn
SEP2001- Shellback Initiation - 28 SEP 2001 - Pacific Ocean
MAR2003- Shellback Initiation - 1 MAR 2003 - Pacific Ocean
MAR2003-NOV2003West Pac
APR2005-Shellback Initiation - 18 APR 2005 - Pacific Ocean
MAY2005-NOV2005West Pac - IO - Persian Gulf - PBS Series CARRIER
APR2007-SEP2007West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP2007-Shellback Initiation - 10 SEP 2007 - Pacific Ocean
JAN2008-MAY2008West 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