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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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Latest Activity: Dec 10, 2020

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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 David Zeigler, Sr. on July 17, 2012 at 10:27pm

Yes he is.  This is his 1st deployment.  Mom & Sisters will meet us in VA.  Big E web page has invite, but no other info. Check messages.

Comment by April Ewing on July 17, 2012 at 10:13pm

David we hope to be.  I think our sons work together.  Is yours MCSN?

Comment by David Zeigler, Sr. on July 17, 2012 at 9:50pm

Anyone part of the Big "E" & the tiger cruise.  Please respond, see if we can work something with travel?

Comment by Forrest Glass on July 9, 2012 at 7:20am

I came to North Dakota yesterday and decided to go for a walk.  The trail took me underneath an overpass.  I stood under the bridge and listened as cars flew over the top, and wondered if the sounds made by the vehicle's tires hitting the cracks in the road sounded anything like recovering jets on the carrier. 

Comment by snooky on June 6, 2012 at 6:58pm

Hi,This is a very queit group! LOL! I was just thinking about D-Day and I just wanted to say God Bless are military! The greatest group of men and women that this country has and I'm so proud to be an American!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on May 3, 2012 at 11:24am

be sure to spend some time in our Tiger Cruise group:

Comment by Bentley Patterson on May 3, 2012 at 11:19am

Thank you to everyone who commented on what the day of deployment is like.  My wife is going but, unfortunately, I don't have enough vacation days accrued to take the time.  You can bet I'll make it a Tiger Cruise though!

Comment by FAY (CAROL) on April 29, 2012 at 4:05pm

MEMORIAL DAY-STATEN ISLAND NY- Midland Beach / FLEET WEEK: As the ships come into NY for Fleet week on Memorial day- Navy for Moms & the USO get together to throw a Big BBQ, for the ships that come into NY. The Command picks his sailors to attend,bus them to the beach where we (MOMS) & Dads cook a BBQ for them. They get back on the bus hours later / full & not wanting to go back..We also pack up the leftover food for them to bring back to their shipmates. Its so great to see so many ships and their sailors/ Marines. 2 years ago we even had a couple of the ROYAL CANDIAN FLEET to  join us. Hope to see your sailor.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on April 17, 2012 at 9:58pm

Comment by Tom McConnell on April 15, 2012 at 8:29pm

Hey Bentley, it is an experience not soon to be forgotten. I was on the pier in Norfolk when my daughter's Destroyer, the USS Hayler returned from deployment when the Afghanistan conflict started a few years back. The sailors were manning the rails in their dress whites and the tears were flowing to the point that it made it difficult for me to keep my video camera still! Then last September I was fortunate enough to go on a Tiger Cruise with my son Kevin who is an EM aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, CVN-76. We left Pearl Harbor, moving slowly past the USS Arizona and all of the memorials while the Sailors manned the rails in their dress whites-it gave me one of the most patriotic feelings I have ever had!


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