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USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

USS Nimitz is the first ship in the NIMITZ class of aircraft carriers.

General Characteristics: Keel Laid: June 22, 1968 
Launched: May 13, 1972 
Commissioned: May 3, 1975 
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va. 
Propulsion system: two nuclear reactors 
Main Engines: four 
Propellers: four 
Aircraft elevators: four 
Catapults: four 
Arresting gear cables: four 
Lengths, overall: 1.092 feet (332.85 meters) 
Flight Deck Width: 252 feet (76.8 meters) 
Area of flight deck: about 4.5 acres (18211.5 m2) 
Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters) 
Draft: 37.7 feet (11.3 meters) 
Displacement: approx. 97,000 tons full load 
Speed: 35 knots 
Cost: about $4.5 billion 
Planes: approx. 85 
Crew: Ship: 3,200 ; Air Wing: 2,480 
Armament: three Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers, three Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers 
Homeport: Norfolk, Va. 

The Nimitz Class aircraft carriers are the largest warships ever built. With over 6,000 personnel (crew and aircrew), the carrier has a displacement of 102,000 tons, and a flight deck length of 332.9 meters. All seven nuclear-powered Nimitz class carriers have been built by Newport News Shipbuilding (now Northrop Grumman Ship Systems), based in Virginia. 

The tenth and last Nimitz Class, CVN 77, will be built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and will enter service in 2008. This will be the first transition ship to a new class of carriers (formerly named CVNX) and will incorporate new technologies including a new multi-function radar system, volume search radar and open architecture information network, and a significantly reduced crew requirement.

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