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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

USS Carl Vinson is the third ship in the NIMITZ class.  The Vinson was affectionally dubbed the "Carla V" during the early 1990s when Navy anti-gay purges attempted to track down the purported large number of gay sailors aboard the ship.

General Characteristics: Keel Laid: October 11, 1975 
Launched: March 15, 1980 
Commissioned: March 13, 1982 
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 
Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332,85 meters) 
Flight Deck Width: 252 feet (76,8 meters) 
Area of flight deck: about 4,5 acres 
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 $3,5 billion 
Planes: approx. 85 
Crew: Ship: 3,200 
Crew: Air Wing: 2,480 
Armament: three Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, three 20mm Phalanx CIWS Mk 15 
Homeport: Bremerton, Wash.

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