Three of the biggest guys you’ll ever see
A few years ago San Diego was the home port for three Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers: the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the USS Carl Vinson
(CVN-70), and the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is the lead ship and namesake of the Nimitz class nuclear powered aircraft carriers. The Nimitz class carriers are 1,092 feet long and 252 feet wide. Their power supply includes two nuclear reactors and four steam turbines, making them capable of 31½ knots. The ships’ companies number 3,200 with the air wing adding another 2,480.
The Nimitz (CVN-68) was ordered March 31, 1967, launched on May 13, 1972, and commissioned on May 3, 1975.
The Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was ordered on April 5, 1974, launched on March 15, 1980, and commissioned on March 13, 1982.
The Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) was ordered December 8, 1994, launched on March 4, 2001, and commissioned on July 12, 2003.
The Nimitz left San Diego in December 2010 for Bremerton, Washington, for repairs and improvements, and the Navy announced that it would be homeported in Washington after repairs.
The Carl Vinson is out on patrol right now, probably somewhere in the Middle East.
The Ronald Reagan left in January 2012, also for Bremerton, Washington, and also for repairs and improvements. Yesterday it was announced that not only will the Ronald Reagan return to San Diego in early 2013 to be homeported here, but another carrier will be moved to San Diego probably in 2016.
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Posted on May 9, 2012, in Manmade, Out & About, Photos, SNIPPETS and tagged cvn-68, cvn-70, cvn-76, nimitz class, nuclear powered aircraft carriers, uss carl vinson, uss nimitz, uss ronald reagan. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.