This page features information about Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy in addition to a fine selection of photos. Click on the thumbnail photos to see a larger image.

Catapulting to the Sky
U.S.S. Forrestal (CV-59)
Moments Before Landing
F18 Landing
Hanger Bay
Ready to Go
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Making an E2C Ready
F14s Taking Off
F14s on U.S.S. John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
F14 on U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CV-67)
Fueling an F18
F18 on U.S.S. John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
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The security of the United States depends on a strong defense and the ability to project power wherever in the world a crises may arise. The U.S. Navy bears the primary responsibility to get to hot spots quickly, and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is the most visible and powerful weapon system it has.

The most modern aircraft carriers, the Nimitz-class, displace 97,000 tons. They are powered by two nuclear reactors, and four, five-bladed screws (21 feet across and each weighing 33 tons) and are capable of propelling the ship at speeds in excess of 30 knots. The flight deck is 1,092 feet long and 257 feet wide; it covers a total area of 4.5 acres.

Aircraft carriers are literally floating cities. There are over 6,000 men and women on board a carrier, including the air wing. The air-conditioning plant is large enough to serve 950 homes. Fresh water is made from sea water. Enough fresh water is made each day to supply the equivalent of 2,000 homes.

During the previous years, Larry Smith has been privileged to be invited aboard a number of different carries to observe flight operations. Larry Smith and Trans Pixs Worldwide proudly presents a selection of photos from some of his trips. We are also proud to present information about the aircraft carriers that Larry has visited. Just click on the carrier's name below.

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USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)

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USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

The USS John C. Stennis is named after the senior statesman from Mississippi who gave our nation more than four decades of distinguished service in the United States. Senator Stennis served on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 27 years, and on the Appropriations Committee for 33 years.

He has been referred to as "the father of America's modern Navy" because of the years of his consistent and steadfast support. In Washington, Senator Stennis had a sign of his desk that represented a part of his philosophy. It simply read: "Look Ahead." His own words and deeds articulated this personal conviction as it applied to the United States Navy; "Our Navy has an unchanging mission. Many of our allies and our enemies as well, lie overseas. In most of our wars in the last 175 years, including the Revolutionary War, this country would not have been victorious without superior navy power being on its side."

(Dimensions are typical of all Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carriers).

Contract Date: March 29, 1988
Keel laid: March 13, 1991
Christening: November 11, 1993
Crew Certification: September 22, 1995
Delivery Date: November 9, 1995
Commissioning: December 9, 1995
Length of Flight Deck: 1,092 feet
Width of Flight Deck: 257 feet
Height of keel to mast: 244 feet
Area of flight deck: 4.5 acres
Weight of carrier: 97,000 tons
Type: Nuclear reactor
Number of reactors 2
Maximum speed: over 30 knots
Number of screws 4 (5-bladed)
Weight of screws 66,200 lbs each
Number of catapults: 4
Number of aircraft elevators: 4
Size of Airwing 80+ tactical aircraft
Crew Size 6,200 (including airwing)
Meals served daily: 18,600
Number of Compartments 18,600
Number of anchors: 2 (from USS Forrestal, CV-59)
Weight of anchors: 30 tons each
Length of chain: 2,082 feet, 684 links, 364 lbs. each
Number of telephones 2,000
A/C plant capacity: 2,900 tonnes
Distillation capacity: 400,000 gal/day
Miles of cable and wiring: 900
Number of light fixtures: 30,000

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USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)

The USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) is named after the 35th President of the United States. The keel was laid on October 22, 1964, at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia. President Kennedy's nine-year-old daughter, Caroline, christened the ship in May, 1967. The carrier entered service in the United States Navy on September 7, 1968.

The USS John F. Kennedy was originally designated as CVA-67, attack aircraft carrier. in the early 1970s, the classification was changed to CV-67, indicating that the ship was capable of supporting anti-submarine warfare aircraft, making it an all-purpose, multi-mission aircraft carrier.

The USS John F. Kennedy made several deployments to the Mediterranean Sea during the 1970s. Her fourth deployment included a port visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1978 the ship recorded 31,568 flight hours and 12,438 arrested landings. In 1979 she underwent an overhaul.

Following the completion of the overhaul, the Kennedy made her first deployment to the Indian Ocean, in 1981. En route the carrier transited the Suez Canal and hosted the first visit aboard a United States ship by a Somali head of state. The Kennedy played a key role in the U.S. Navy efforts in the Mediterranean in 1983 in response to deteriorating conditions in Beirut, Lebanon. During this period of operations, the crew won their ninth Battle "E" efficiency award.

The Kennedy spent the winter of 1984 in drydock at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard undergoing a complex overhaul. She won the first Department of Defense Phoenix Award, signifying a level of maintenance excellence above all other Department of Defense components world-wide. In July, 1986, she was the center-piece of the international naval armade during the international Naval Review in honor of the 100th Anniversary and Rededication of the Statue of Liberty.

While on her 12th major deployment to the Mediterranean in 1988/1989, F14s from her embarked airwing shot down two Libyan MIG-23s that were approaching the battle group in a hostile manner.

The Kennedy was in the Red Sea in 1990 and 1991, and became the flagship of the Commander, Red Sea Battle Force. On Jnuary 16, 1991, aircraft from the ship's Carrier Air Wing Three began Operation Desert Storm with attacks on Iraqi forces. The ship launched 114 strikes and 2,895 sorties.

During the carrier's 14th Mediterranean deployment in 1992/1993, she participated in exercises with armed forces of Mediterranean littoral nations, and spend a substantial amount of operating time in the Adriatic Sea due to turmoil in the former Yogoslavia. On December 8, 1992, the Kennedy passed a milestone by making its 250,000th trap of an aircraft.

The USS. John F. Kennedy completed a two-year comprehensive overhaul in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on September 13, 1995. She was the last ship to be repaired by the shipyard before it was shutdown. After the overhaul, the carrier moved to its current homeport, the Mayport Naval Station in Mayport, Fla., near Jacksonville.

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