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USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

USS Ronald Reagan is the ninth ship in the NIMITZ class.

In a move considered to be a political maneuver by a Republican controlled congress, the Reagan was the first nuclear powered carrier to be named after a living president.

Awarded: December 8, 1994
Keel laid: February 12, 1998
Launched: March 5, 2001
Commissioned: July 12, 2003
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
Propulsion System: two nuclear reactors
Main Engines: four
Propellers: four
Blades on each Propeller: five
Aircraft elevators: four
Catapults: four
Arresting gear cables: three
Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 257 feet (78.34 meters)
Area of flight deck: about 4,5 acres
Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters)
Draft: 38,4 feet (11.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 100,000 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Planes: approx. 85
Crew: Ship: approx. 3,200    Air Wing: 2,480
Armament: four Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, four Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Systems
Homeport: San Diego, Calif.

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