NIMITZ STATISTICS

Nimitz-Class Nuclear Aircraft Carrier:
  • Keel Laid: June 22, 1968
  • Launched: May 13, 1972
  • Commissioned: May 3, 1975
  • Propulsion System: 2 x Westinghouse A4W Nuclear Reactors (200+ megawatts)
  • Power Plant: 4 x Steam Turbines and Shafts
  • Maximum Range: Unlimited Distance (Limited by Food Supply)
  • Speed: 30+ Knots
  • Propellers: Four
  • Blades on each Propeller: Five
  • Aircraft Elevators: Four
  • Catapults: Four
  • Arresting Gear Cables: Four
  • Overall Length: 1,092 Feet
  • Overall Width: 252 Feet
  • Beam at Waterline 134 Feet
  • Area of Flight Deck: 4.5 Acres
  • Full Load Displacement: 97,000+ Tons
  • Accommodations: 5,000+ Personnel
  • Meals Each Day: 18,000-20,000
  • Mail Processed: 1,000,000+ Pounds Per Year
  • Fresh Water Produced Daily: 400,000 Gallons
    • Nimitz reaches more than 23 stories high from the keel to the top of the mast.
    • The hangar bay extends for most of the ship's length. It is used for major repairs and shelters aircraft not needed for that day's flight schedule.
    • Four distilling units enable engineers to make over 400,000 gallons of fresh water a day for use by the propulsion plant, catapults and crew.
    • Nimitz can stock at least 70 days of refrigerated and dry goods.
    • Several tons of wash are done every day by Nimitz' laundry, dry cleaning and tailoring services personnel.
    • Nimitz' two barber shops trim over 1,500 heads per week.
    • The Health Services Department is manned by six doctors, including a general surgeon, who provide everything from surgery to physical therapy and psychology. The ship also features a 53-bed hosptial ward and a three-bed ICU and acts as a hospital ship for the entire strike group.
    • Nimitz' three Chaplains conduct daily religious services in an interdenominational chapel.
    • Nuclear power allows the ship to store 50 pecent more ammunition and almost twice as much aviation fuel as the largest conventional steam carrier.