Nimitz class aircraft carrier

The Nimitz class is class of nuclear-powered supercarriers in the service of the United States Navy. The naming comes from the lead ship of the class named after the last fleet admiral of the United States Navy, World War II Pacific fleet commander Chester. W. Nimitz.

The overall length of the ships in this class is 333 m (1,092 ft), they have a full-load displacement of over 100,000 long tons making them the largest capital ships in the world. The Nimitz class differs significantly from traditional gas turbine or diesel-electric powered ships. These supercarriers use two A4W pressurized water reactors which drive four propeller shafts. This technology allows the carrier to achieve a maximum speed of over 30 knots (56 km/h), a maximum power of 260,000 shp (190 MW), a 20 year interval between refuelings and over 50 years of service life.
The Nimitz class supercarriers are categorized as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The hull numbers of these ships are in the range of CVN-68 to CV-77.

See also

List of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy

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