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Aircraft Carriers "The impact of a new carrier is global, for no other ship represents to the world the power of the United States."—Donald Winter, Sec. Navy, Jan 10, 2009
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A United States Navy aircraft carrier is a very modern, very mobile U.S. military base complete with airfield, hospital and communications systems from which the United States can strike at its enemies. The U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers are a cornerstone of America’s ability to project its power and strength. For over 70 years, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have been vital to defending America. Airc

A United States Navy aircraft carrier is a very modern, very mobile U.S. military base complete with airfield, hospital and communications systems from which the United States can strike at its enemies. The U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers are a cornerstone of America’s ability to project its power and strength. For over 70 years, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have been vital to defending America. Airc

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Last month, Dr. Raymond O'Toole Jr., acting director of operational test and evaluation, visited USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN...
06/16/2021

Last month, Dr. Raymond O'Toole Jr., acting director of operational test and evaluation, visited USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) to conduct a visual assessment of the ship’s readiness for Full Ship Shock Trials.

Last month, Dr. Raymond O'Toole Jr., acting director of operational test and evaluation, visited USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) to conduct a visual assessment of the ship’s readiness for Full Ship Shock Trials.

A few weeks ago, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned home to San Diego, marking the completion of its deployment to the U.S....
06/14/2021

A few weeks ago, USS Theodore Roosevelt returned home to San Diego, marking the completion of its deployment to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility.

“I am incredibly proud of this crew for all their hard work and sacrifice throughout this deployment,” said Capt. Eric Anduze, commanding officer of CVN 71.

Today we remember and honor the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded President George H. W. Bush on the anniversary of his...
06/12/2021

Today we remember and honor the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded President George H. W. Bush on the anniversary of his birthday. May USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) forever carry his name and legacy.

Last month, USS Harry S. Truman departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard after completing a 10-month regularly scheduled extended...
06/10/2021

Last month, USS Harry S. Truman departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard after completing a 10-month regularly scheduled extended carrier incremental availability. These practices are an essential in ensuring that we maintain the best and strongest Navy in the world.

Last month, USS Harry S. Truman departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard after completing a 10-month regularly scheduled extended carrier incremental availability. These practices are an essential in ensuring that we maintain the best and strongest Navy in the world.

U.S. Navy officials have confirmed that USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has started Full Ship Shock Trials in the Atlantic O...
06/10/2021

U.S. Navy officials have confirmed that USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has started Full Ship Shock Trials in the Atlantic Ocean!

“This is a big step for our US Navy and for the ship,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday about the milestone that will verify the carrier's ability to withstand combat and reveal any changes that need to be made to meet intended survivability standards. bit.ly/3pFt2Gx

U.S. Navy officials have confirmed that USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has started Full Ship Shock Trials in the Atlantic Ocean!

“This is a big step for our US Navy and for the ship,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday about the milestone that will verify the carrier's ability to withstand combat and reveal any changes that need to be made to meet intended survivability standards. bit.ly/3pFt2Gx

Enterprise (CVN 80) is slated for delivery as soon as 2028! She will be the first aircraft carrier built completely usin...
06/08/2021
The New USS Enterprise Will Be the Greatest Aircraft Carrier to Ever Sail

Enterprise (CVN 80) is slated for delivery as soon as 2028! She will be the first aircraft carrier built completely using digital drawings rather than traditional paper work packages to make construction more efficient and will be the 3rd carrier in the Ford Class. https://bit.ly/2TMCUCx

Most of the technologies are expected to be quite similar to the first two Ford-class carriers, yet they will likely integrate more quickly given that the Navy has had practice with the Kennedy and Ford.

After full ship shock trials, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will tie up for her first planned incremental availability - a...
06/08/2021
USS Gerald R. Ford Returning to Newport News this Summer for Modernization Work

After full ship shock trials, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will tie up for her first planned incremental availability - a vital period that allows the carrier to be updated with the latest equipment and undergo maintenance that is difficult to complete at sea. bit.ly/2QEs3tj

The Ford’s stay at pier 2 will probably stretch into the early months of next year.

Last month, USS Theodore Roosevelt transited the Gulf of Alaska in support of flight operations above the Joint Pacific ...
06/07/2021

Last month, USS Theodore Roosevelt transited the Gulf of Alaska in support of flight operations above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and Gulf of Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2021.

Last month, USS Theodore Roosevelt transited the Gulf of Alaska in support of flight operations above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and Gulf of Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2021.

Today, we reflect on the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, a turning point of World War II in which U.S. Navy ai...
06/04/2021

Today, we reflect on the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, a turning point of World War II in which U.S. Navy aircraft carriers were essential. As the late Admiral Chester Nimitz once said, "Midway was the most crucial battle of the Pacific war, the engagement that made everything else possible."

“Completing Gerald R. Ford’s Combat Systems Qualification is a significant milestone,” said Capt. Brian A. Metcalf, prog...
06/03/2021
Aircraft carrier Gerald Ford finishes post-delivery tests and trials

“Completing Gerald R. Ford’s Combat Systems Qualification is a significant milestone,” said Capt. Brian A. Metcalf, program manager for the Ford class. “It takes weeks of planning, combat scenario development, target coordination, onboard training, and live ammunition load-outs to ready the ship for operational testing.” bit.ly/3yvZCyA

Next up for the aircraft carrier are full ship shock trials that are slated for this summer, followed by a planned incremental availability scheduled for September through February 2022.

06/02/2021

Early last month, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived at Newport News Shipbuilding for her Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). Watch more below!

This Memorial Day, we remember, honor, and thank the valiant service members who gave their lives protecting their count...
05/31/2021

This Memorial Day, we remember, honor, and thank the valiant service members who gave their lives protecting their country. 🇺🇸

This Memorial Day, we remember, honor, and thank the valiant service members who gave their lives protecting their country. 🇺🇸

Today, we remember President John F. Kennedy on the anniversary of his birthday. We are honored to help keep his legacy ...
05/29/2021

Today, we remember President John F. Kennedy on the anniversary of his birthday. We are honored to help keep his legacy alive through a carrier that bears his name and will dedicate herself to protecting the country. 🇺🇸

Innovative. Lethal. American.
05/28/2021

Innovative. Lethal. American.

Innovative. Lethal. American.

Last month, two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 launched from the flight deck of the aircraft...
05/27/2021

Last month, two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt while conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Last month, two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt while conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is expected to move from the Asia-Pacific region to the Middle East to support troop withdraw...
05/26/2021
WSJ News Exclusive | U.S. Aircraft Carrier Leaving Asia to Help With Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is expected to move from the Asia-Pacific region to the Middle East to support troop withdrawal from Afghanistan - a moving representation of how carriers are critical for maintaining international peace and a valuable reminder that the U.S. Navy needs a 12 carrier fleet to support critical missions around the world.

The Pentagon is expected to move the USS Ronald Reagan toward the Middle East, leaving the Asia-Pacific without a carrier presence for first time in years.

Last month, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Setogiri (DD 156) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) o...
05/24/2021

Last month, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Setogiri (DD 156) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) operated side by side in the Arabian Sea while working to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region.

Last month, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Setogiri (DD 156) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) operated side by side in the Arabian Sea while working to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region.

Last month, during the final independent steaming event of her 18-month Post-Delivery Test & Trials period, USS Gerald R...
05/21/2021

Last month, during the final independent steaming event of her 18-month Post-Delivery Test & Trials period, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) celebrated the 8,000th recovery and launch of an aircraft aboard the carrier, marking a major milestone for naval aviation aboard #CVN78. bit.ly/3eH6twb

Last month, during the final independent steaming event of her 18-month Post-Delivery Test & Trials period, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) celebrated the 8,000th recovery and launch of an aircraft aboard the carrier, marking a major milestone for naval aviation aboard #CVN78. bit.ly/3eH6twb

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrived in Duqm, Oman this past April to help support naval operations to ensure marit...
05/20/2021

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrived in Duqm, Oman this past April to help support naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrived in Duqm, Oman this past April to help support naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region.

A recent at-sea testing period proved that USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) can keep up with Nimitz-class counterparts and pe...
05/17/2021
Ford Carrier Strike Group Maximizes New CVN's Gear, Design In Final Test Event Before Shock Trials - USNI News

A recent at-sea testing period proved that USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) can keep up with Nimitz-class counterparts and perform better and faster thanks to new gear and technology. bit.ly/3eyIX4l

“We’re now to the point where we’re not trying to figure out if Ford can do the same thing as the Nimitz-class. What we’re doing is, now we’re expanding on what the Nimitz-class can do and taking that to the next level.” -Capt. Josh Sager, the commander of Carrier Air Wing 8

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and its air wing and strike group had a chance to fully show off their combat capabilities, using a recent at-sea testing period to demonstrate not only that Ford can keep up with its Nimitz-class counterparts but can use its new gear to perform better and faster, leaders...

USS George Washington (CVN 73) reached a major milestone last month when her refueling and complex overhaul became more ...
05/14/2021

USS George Washington (CVN 73) reached a major milestone last month when her refueling and complex overhaul became more than 85% complete. The carrier is currently at Huntington Ingalls Industries, as seen here, and is on track to be redelivered to the Navy in 2022.

USS George Washington (CVN 73) reached a major milestone last month when her refueling and complex overhaul became more than 85% complete. The carrier is currently at Huntington Ingalls Industries, as seen here, and is on track to be redelivered to the Navy in 2022.

On this day in 1972, Catherine Nimitz Lay, daughter of the late Admiral Nimitz, christened CVN 68 in his honor. Since th...
05/13/2021

On this day in 1972, Catherine Nimitz Lay, daughter of the late Admiral Nimitz, christened CVN 68 in his honor. Since then, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has sailed around the world protecting the United States and our allies. We are forever grateful for her service.

USS Theodore Roosevelt deployed to the South China Sea last month to demonstrate that the U.S. maintains “a combat-credi...
05/12/2021

USS Theodore Roosevelt deployed to the South China Sea last month to demonstrate that the U.S. maintains “a combat-credible force, capable of responding to any contingency, deterring aggression, and providing regional security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” - U.S. Navy Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, of the Amphibious Squadron 3. bit.ly/3dIoIly

USS Theodore Roosevelt deployed to the South China Sea last month to demonstrate that the U.S. maintains “a combat-credible force, capable of responding to any contingency, deterring aggression, and providing regional security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” - U.S. Navy Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, of the Amphibious Squadron 3. bit.ly/3dIoIly

Last month, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, conducted dual-carrier flight operations with the Marine nati...
05/10/2021

Last month, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, conducted dual-carrier flight operations with the Marine nationale Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group in the Arabian Sea. The namesakes of both carrier strike groups fought for liberty together, and their legacies carry on through this collaboration. bit.ly/3sK1Eak

Last month, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, conducted dual-carrier flight operations with the Marine nationale Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group in the Arabian Sea. The namesakes of both carrier strike groups fought for liberty together, and their legacies carry on through this collaboration. bit.ly/3sK1Eak

Today we remember the namesake of USS Harry S. Truman, President Harry Truman on his birthday. May CVN 75 continue to “G...
05/08/2021

Today we remember the namesake of USS Harry S. Truman, President Harry Truman on his birthday. May CVN 75 continue to “Give ‘em hell” and protect our great nation.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hit a major milestone last month when she successfully completed her planned incremental av...
05/06/2021

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hit a major milestone last month when she successfully completed her planned incremental availability (PIA) on time to support mission tasking. PIAs are critical to prolonging the life-span of a ship and maintaining material readiness. Read more: bit.ly/3ni5fLU

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hit a major milestone last month when she successfully completed her planned incremental availability (PIA) on time to support mission tasking. PIAs are critical to prolonging the life-span of a ship and maintaining material readiness. Read more: bit.ly/3ni5fLU

The Millennium Falcon: the newest addition to the carrier air wing!
05/04/2021

The Millennium Falcon: the newest addition to the carrier air wing!

The Millennium Falcon: the newest addition to the carrier air wing!

Not only will the Enterprise-Doris Miller carrier contract provide stability and cost savings to suppliers, but the effi...
05/03/2021
Navy’s Enterprise-Doris Miller carrier contract offers gains to suppliers and taxpayers

Not only will the Enterprise-Doris Miller carrier contract provide stability and cost savings to suppliers, but the efficiencies will end up saving the Navy (and taxpayers) an estimated $4 billion dollars. More on the impact of CVN 80 & CVN 81:

The two-ship contract, calling for Enterprise to be delivered in 2028 and the Doris Miller in 2032, promises stability to businesses that has one more key benefit, sales director at W&O Supply in Norfolk Phil Jiannine said.

Today we celebrate the 46th commissioning anniversary of USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The keynote speaker, President Gerald R. F...
05/03/2021

Today we celebrate the 46th commissioning anniversary of USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The keynote speaker, President Gerald R. Ford, said the ship is a “symbol of the United States, of our immense resources in materials and skilled manpower, of our inexhaustible energy, of the inventive and productive genius of our free, competitive economic system, and of our massive but controlled military strength.”

Today we celebrate the 46th commissioning anniversary of USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The keynote speaker, President Gerald R. Ford, said the ship is a “symbol of the United States, of our immense resources in materials and skilled manpower, of our inexhaustible energy, of the inventive and productive genius of our free, competitive economic system, and of our massive but controlled military strength.”

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we are honored to celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country ...
05/01/2021

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we are honored to celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country on land and at sea. 🇺🇸

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we are honored to celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country on land and at sea. 🇺🇸

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, flies alon...
04/30/2021

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, flies alongside USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), in the Red Sea against a cotton candy sky.

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, flies alongside USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), in the Red Sea against a cotton candy sky.

Earlier this month, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sailed under the Friendship Bridge in the Suez Canal while deployi...
04/28/2021

Earlier this month, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sailed under the Friendship Bridge in the Suez Canal while deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

Earlier this month, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sailed under the Friendship Bridge in the Suez Canal while deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

In March, the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike group trained in tandem with the Indian Navy. Rear Adm. Doug Verissi...
04/26/2021
The U.S. Navy Sent This Aircraft Carrier to Train with India

In March, the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike group trained in tandem with the Indian Navy. Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of CSG-9, said, “Not only do we share a common desire for a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific, we also share common values and maritime traditions which make training together all the more meaningful.” bit.ly/3s4eqjB

The joint exercise with the Indian Navy showed how both countries could practice wartime operations and demonstrate their shared interests.

Enterprise (CVN 80) will be the first aircraft carrier built with a digital-first, paperless approach. “The use of digit...
04/23/2021
Enterprise: The Navy Is Building the Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier Ever

Enterprise (CVN 80) will be the first aircraft carrier built with a digital-first, paperless approach. “The use of digital data and digital tools is more user-friendly and intuitive, making the ex*****on of shipbuilders’ work more efficient,” said Lucas Hicks, VP of New Construction Aircraft Carriers at NNS Huntington Ingalls Industries. bit.ly/3t36iRW

Modular construction and digital engineering are bringing down costs and speeding up construction while allowing new designs to incorpoate lessons from previous aircraft carriers.

U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are always ready to protect and serve. In February, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) proved...
04/22/2021
A historic exercise shows how Navy SEALs will keep aircraft carriers in a high-end fight

U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are always ready to protect and serve. In February, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) proved that lethality is at an all-time high in a historic exercise. Read all about it bit.ly/3s1mOQP

Navy special operators showed they can act as the eyes and ears of a carrier strike group, sending intel back to the strike group's hard hitters.

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