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Along for a ride with USS Nimitz

By - | | January 31, 2003

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- To make any budding metropolitan city work several different elements are needed.  An airport, shopping centers, a television news network, police officers and a jail, a place for eating, a library and mainly an area of land to designate the boundaries. 

Take away the land and confine the residents to a ship floating at sea with a very specific goal, to work as one team providing the United States with an incredibly potent, flexible, and mobile force and what remains is a United States aircraft carrier.

The USS Nimitz  comes from the Nimitz class carriers and has several interesting tidbits about it.

*The USS Nimitz took four years to construct and was commissioned on May 3, 1975. 

*The ship stretches over 1,000 feet in length and over 250 feet in width with a flight deck covering approximately four and one half acres.

*The ship is powered by two nuclear power plants that run four main engines. 

*The ship can travel at speeds upward of 30 knots.

*There are four propellers with four blades on each.

*The ship has four aircraft elevators.

*The ship has four catapults and four arresting gear cables.

*The ship displaces about 95,000 tons with a full load.

*The ship can accommodate about 6,000 people.

*Between 18,000 and 20,000 meals are served each day.

*Four distilling units make approximately 400,000 gallons of fresh water each day.

*The ship can store up to 70 days worth of food.

*The use of nuclear power allows the ship to store up to 50 percent more ammunition and almost twice as much aviation fuel as the largest conventional aircraft carrier.

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