Our Legacy comes from the rich history of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, and the vast history of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - the lead ship of the Nimitz Class of aircraft carriers. Both the man and the ship share deep roots in tradition, dedication and service to the United States Navy.
Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, GCB, USN (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a five-star admiral in the United States Navy. He held the dual command of Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, for U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces during World War II. He was the leading U.S. Navy authority on submarines, as well as Chief of the Navy's Bureau of Navigation in 1939. He served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1945 until 1947. He was the United States' last surviving Fleet Admiral.
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was commissioned on May 3, 1975 by Rear Adm. Richard E. Rumble, Commander, Fifth Naval District, at Pier 12, Naval Station Norfolk, Va. with President Gerald R. Ford and more than 20,000 guests in attendance. Nimitz’ commissioning marked the beginning of a new “Nimitz class” of aircraft carriers. Nimitz has been called upon many times to deploy around the world to support war and peace efforts.