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This group is to bring family's with Sailors serving aboard Aircraft Carriers together. This is the place to share information about life aboard Aircraft Carriers in the United States Navy.

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The Carriers


General Characteristics, Enterprise Class

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, VA.
Date Deployed: November 25, 1961 (USS Enterprise).
Propulsion: Eight nuclear reactors, four shafts.
Length: 1,101 feet 2 inches (335.64 meters).
Beam: 133 feet (39.9 meters); 252 feet (75.6 meters).
Displacement: 89,600 tons ( 81,283.8 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 30+ knots (34.5 miles per hour).
Crew: Ship's Company: 3,350 - Air Wing 2,480.
Armament: Two Sea Sparrow missile launchers, three Phalanx 20 mm CIWS mounts.
Aircraft: 85.




General Characteristics, Nimitz Class

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, VA.
Date Deployed: May 3, 1975 (USS Nimitz).
Unit Cost: About $4.5 billion each.
Propulsion: Two nuclear reactors, four shafts.
Length: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters).
Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters); Flight Deck Width: 252 feet (76.8 meters).
Displacement: Approximately 97,000 tons (87,996.9 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 30+ knots (34.5+ miles per hour).
Crew: Ship's Company: 3,200 - Air Wing: 2,480.
Armament: Two or three (depending on modification) NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts: (3 on Nimitz and Dwight D. Eisenhower and 4 on Vinson and later ships of the class.).
Aircraft: 85.


USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), Everett, WA


USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), Coronado, CA




USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74). Bremerton, WA



USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77), Norfolk, VA



General Characteristics, Gerald R. Ford class


Builder: Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News, Va.
Propulsion: Two nuclear reactors, four shafts.
Length: 1,092 feet
Beam: 134 feet, Flight Deck Width: 256 feet.
Displacement: approximately 100,000 long tons full load.
Speed: 30+ knots (34.5 miles per hour)
Crew: 4,660 (ship, air wing and staff).
Armament: Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, Rolling Airframe Missile, CIWS.
Aircraft: 75+

USS GERALD R FORD (CVN 78) Under construction

USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CVN 79) Construction begins in 2012


Carriers of the Ford class will incorporate fourteen new design features including:

Advanced arresting gear.
Automation, which reduces crew requirements by several hundred from the Nimitz class carrier.
The updated RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow missile system.
AN/SPY-3 dual-band radar (DBR), as developed for Zumwalt class destroyers.
An Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) in place of traditional steam catapults for launching aircraft.
A new nuclear reactor design (the A1B reactor) for greater power generation.
Stealthier features to help reduce radar profile.
The ability to launch the F-35C Lightning II.



Discussion Forum

Care Packages

Started by Pete Anderson. Last reply by April Ewing Apr 11, 2012. 11 Replies

Family day on the carrier

Started by Judy Horowitz. Last reply by Maryellen May 17, 2010. 3 Replies

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on November 14, 2015 at 12:16pm

We get asked a lot how to be dockside when your sailor comes back from cruise:

1. Your Sailor needs to put you on the access list.
1a.This will have to happen soon.

1b. This applies to everyone wishing to attend.
1c. Your Sailor should email the list of guests to his/her LPO/LCPO to be forwarded to Security
2. On day of homecoming arrive early. Parking goes really quick.
3. Enjoy your time with your Sailor.

Comment by Travis Lee Bickle on December 6, 2014 at 1:39pm

Our Daughter is on the Ford. She is an ET. Right now they are inspecting rooms as they are completed. She is hoping the ship is completed befor her contract is up.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 10, 2014 at 12:19pm

pretty cool comparison- click to enlarge:

Comment by George M. Klaes on September 30, 2013 at 2:33pm

Daniel Cedarborg. I served onboard the USS Ranger as an AT. It was a diesel carrier. Life for the ET's nuke certified wouldn't be so bad. The specialty would keep him away from some of the worst tasks most of the time. He may be required to do maintenance on the electronics on the tower and other shipboard electronics systems, and would be assigned to the engineering department. He'll have to attend firefighting school like everyone else. Personally, I think it is better than being on a submarine.

Comment by Elvis Russell on March 30, 2013 at 11:10pm

Just signed up. My son deployed on the Nimitz today and found this site and hope to find and share info and good thoughts with all of you during his deployment.

Comment by Daniel Cederborg on March 21, 2013 at 3:09pm

So I need some advice.  My son is still in the THU at GL.  He has apparently cleared his medical hold for Nuke but still has to get a waiver for his "history of ulcers" for sub duty (which he got at boot camp due to the antibiotics they gave most of them for the epidemic of colds/flu -- No major symptoms).  While we're hoping there won't be any problem with the waiver, he's been hearing that life on the carriers for the Nukes isn't so hot so he's doubting whether he wants to stay in Nuke if he doesn't get approved for sub duty.  I don't know who he's hearing this from 'cause he just texts us snippets of info from time to time.  Anyone have any views on that issue?  Life on board carriers for Nukes?  Do you think they'd even allow him to transfer out of Nuke for some other duty once he's signed up for this?  I expect to talk to him as some point over the next couple of days and any insight or experiences would be welcome.  Don't want him making any decisions in a vacuum.  We're hoping he just gets cleared for sub duty.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 21, 2012 at 4:32pm

The scene on Dec. 20 after the IWO JIMA's arrival brought the flattop total to nine ships.

Comment by April Ewing on November 1, 2012 at 9:31pm

Enjoy!!! Our Sailor is there with his dad.  What a wonderful time to share.

Comment by David Zeigler, Sr. on November 1, 2012 at 7:57pm
Big E TC in few hours. Can't wait to see my sailor.
Comment by April Ewing on July 18, 2012 at 8:12am

Our son is MCSN Brann.  We hope to go.  Much depends on events happening here and whether or not our son wants his dad and mom2.0 there.  Or if he can have all of us.  Am keeping an eye on the information to come forward.  We'll know more then.


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