Nimitz 1

The Nimitz-class supercarriers are a class of ten nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in service with the United States Navy. The lead ship of the class is named for World War II United States Pacific Fleet commander Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the U.S. Navy's last fleet admiral. With an overall length of 1,092 ft (333 m) and full-load displacements of over 100,000 long tons, they have been the largest warships built and in service, although they are being eclipsed by the upcoming Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers. Instead of the gas turbines or diesel-electric systems used for propulsion on many modern warships, the carriers use two A4W pressurized water reactors which drive four propeller shafts and can produce a maximum speed of over 30 knots (56 km/h) and maximum power of around 260,000 shp (190 MW). As a result of the use of nuclear power, the ships are capable of operating for over 20 years without refueling and are predicted to have a service life of over 50 years. They are categorized as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and are numbered with consecutive hull numbers between CVN-68 and CVN-77.

All ten carriers were constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding Company in Virginia. USS Nimitz, the lead ship of the class, was commissioned on 3 May 1975, and USS George H.W. Bush, the tenth and last of the class, was commissioned on 10 January 2009. Since the 1970s, Nimitz-class carriers have participated in many conflicts and operations across the world, including Operation Eagle Claw in Iran, the Gulf War, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The angled flight decks of the carriers use a CATOBAR arrangement to operate aircraft, with steam catapults and arrestor wires for launch and recovery. As well as speeding up flight deck operations, this allows for a much wider variety of aircraft than with the STOVL arrangement used on smaller carriers. An embarked carrier air wing consisting of up to around 90 aircraft is normally deployed on board. After the retirement of the F-14 Tomcat, the air wings' strike fighters are primarily F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and F/A-18C Hornets. In addition to their aircraft, the vessels carry short-range defensive weaponry for anti-aircraft warfare and missile defense.

Model Type - Aircraft Carrier

Class - Nimits Class Carrier

Crew - 3200+2480 airwing

SDC By Location

Main Hull 140 000

Hull per 40 ft 2 000

Island Tower 30 000

Flight Deck 60 000

Elevators 15 000 ea

Drive Propeler 5 000 ea

CIWS 1 000 ea

Missile Launchers 1 500 ea

Sensors Arrays 2 500 ea

Aircraft Catapults 1 000 ea

AR - 15 (vehicle AR)

Armour - Stops upto and including standard 40mm rounds. Explosive and ramjet rounds are still effective.


Surface Speed - 56 kph


Height - 41m overall top to bottom, 32m from the waterline

Length - 332.8m overall, 317m at the waterline

Width - 76.8m overall, 40.8m at the waterline

Weight - 103 000 tons displacement

Cargo - 1000s of tons

Power System - 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, 4 × steam turbines, 4 × shafts, 260,000 shp (194 MW), 20 year fuel capacity. Consumables last for upto a year, except fuel and aircraft consumables during combat operations that last only a month or less.

Cost - 4.5 billion US dollars + 160 million annually to operate.


Weapon Type - Sea Sparrow Launchers (3-4 depending on specific ship)

Primary Purpose - Anti-aircraft

Range - 15km

Damage - 4d4x100sdc

Rate Of Fire - 1 at a time per launcher

Payload - 8 heavy H.E. Surface to Air missiles each

Bonuses - na

Weapon Type - CIWS 20mm gatling gun (3-4 depending on specific ship)

Primary Purpose - anti-aircraft/missile

Range - 2000m

Damage - 6d6x10sdc per 20 round burst

Rate Of Fire - 5 per melee

Payload - 80 bursts each

Bonuses - na

Weapon Type - Rolling Airframe Missiles (2)

Primary Purpose - Anti-aircraft

Range - 8km

Damage - 2d4x100sdc

Rate Of Fire - 1 per

Payload - 21 light H.E. Surface to Air missiles each

Bonuses - na

Bonuses and Penalties

+2 strike with weapon systems

Cannot dodge

Systems of Note

Aircraft - 85 total, F/A-18C/D Hornet / F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, E-2 Hawkeye, C-2 Greyhound, SH/HH-60 Seahawk, and T-45 Goshawk

Radar - Range - 500 miles (800km), +10% Read Sensory Equipment, +1 initiative. Track 72 targets, display 48 and lock onto 12.

EW Equipment - -10% to opposing read sensory equipment skill rolls, -2 to be hit by torpedoes, -1 to be hit by missiles

Radar - Range of 200 miles (370km). Able to track upto 24 targets, display 18 targets and lock onto 6 targets at once.

Radar Warning Receiver - Warns of potential Radar Lock. Range - 500 miles

Targeting Computer - +2 to strike with all on board weapon systems

Combat Computer - Identifies Friend or Foe and is tied to the radar System.

FLIR - Advanced forward looking infa-red system for night operations

GPS/Inertial Navigation System.

Communications Array - Range of 3000km but can be boosted indefintiely via satellite uplink

References Used


Encyclopedia of Modern Warcraft

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