Aircraft Carriers

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. Aircraft carriers have been employed in every major and many smaller conflicts including Vietnam; Grenada and Lebanon; Libya; Operation Desert Storm; and most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) seeks to preserve the strength of the aircraft carrier force and promote the value of the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base as a vital part of the nation's overall defense structure. ACIBC represents approximately 400 businesses that supply components and services for U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.

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Q: Who was the first person to launch an airplane from a ship?  A: Eugene Ely, who on this day in 1910, launched his Cur...
11/14/2020

Q: Who was the first person to launch an airplane from a ship?

A: Eugene Ely, who on this day in 1910, launched his Curtiss Model D. plane off the cruiser Birmingham. 110 years later, we imagine he’d be amazed to see how naval aviation has taken off! 🛫 #AircraftCarrierMonth aircraftcarrier.com

Shipbuilders found value in every inch of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), saving the Navy a projected $4 billion in costs o...
11/13/2020

Shipbuilders found value in every inch of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), saving the Navy a projected $4 billion in costs over the ship’s 50-year lifespan. More than 5,000 shipbuilders in Newport News and 2,000 supply-chain companies across the U.S. contributed to this first-in-class ship. thefordclass.com #FordClassFriday

Be an advocate for your community, economy and country by registering your support for the cornerstone of the Naval flee...
11/12/2020

Be an advocate for your community, economy and country by registering your support for the cornerstone of the Naval fleet, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, during National U.S. Navy #AircraftCarrierMonth. acibc.org/what-we-stand-for/#standwith

On November 11, 1989, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was commissioned. Honest Abe, here’s to many more years of fair winds...
11/11/2020

On November 11, 1989, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was commissioned. Honest Abe, here’s to many more years of fair winds and following seas! Check out aircraftcarrier.com for more. #AircraftCarrierMonth

This Veteran’s Day, we honor the brave Americans who served our country as members of the U.S. Military across branches....
11/11/2020

This Veteran’s Day, we honor the brave Americans who served our country as members of the U.S. Military across branches. Thank a veteran for their service in the comments! #AircraftCarrierMonth aircraftcarrier.com

On November 9th, 2013, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was christened. Today, we celebrate the carrier’s namesake by followi...
11/09/2020

On November 9th, 2013, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was christened. Today, we celebrate the carrier’s namesake by following the former President’s advice to “tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” #AircraftCarrierMonth aircraftcarrier.com

Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, CA, the first permanent naval air station for training, welcomed its inaugu...
11/08/2020

Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, CA, the first permanent naval air station for training, welcomed its inaugural commanding officer Lt. Earl Spencer of the U.S. Navy 103 years ago today. 98 years later the station hosted three Nimitz class carriers, pictured here. Learn more this #AircraftCarrierMonth at aircraftcarrier.com.

This month is National U.S. Navy #AircraftCarrierMonth and a time to recognize all those who have served aboard our nati...
11/07/2020

This month is National U.S. Navy #AircraftCarrierMonth and a time to recognize all those who have served aboard our nation's carriers as well as those who helped build them. Show your support and join us in celebrating Aircraft Carrier Month: www.acibc.org/what-we-stand-for/#standwith

On Fridays during #AircraftCarrierMonth we’re celebrating #FordClassFriday. This new, innovative class of carrier was us...
11/06/2020

On Fridays during #AircraftCarrierMonth we’re celebrating #FordClassFriday. This new, innovative class of carrier was ushered in on July 22, 2017 as USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was commissioned. #CVN78 was the first redesigned carrier since USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Learn more at TheFordClass.com.

Ready for takeoff? On this day 105 years ago, Captain Henry C. Mustin made the first catapult launch from a ship. This a...
11/05/2020

Ready for takeoff? On this day 105 years ago, Captain Henry C. Mustin made the first catapult launch from a ship. This advancement began a century of innovation that led to the modern carriers used today. Visit aircraftcarrier.com to learn more! #AircraftCarrierMonth

Did you know that 6 years ago today the 5th Generation F-35C Lightning II completed its first arrested landing aboard a ...
11/03/2020

Did you know that 6 years ago today the 5th Generation F-35C Lightning II completed its first arrested landing aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier? Head to aircraftcarrier.com to learn more this #AircraftCarrierMonth!

Say hello to Aircraft Carrier Month! Throughout November we’ll be celebrating special moments and highlighting each of t...
11/01/2020

Say hello to Aircraft Carrier Month! Throughout November we’ll be celebrating special moments and highlighting each of the warships that help defend our nation. 🇺🇸 Stay tuned!

Our wings allow us to take flight, protect and serve. Happy Halloween!
10/31/2020

Our wings allow us to take flight, protect and serve. Happy Halloween!

For Valiant Shield 2020, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) joined four military branches in air, land, surface and subsurface t...
10/29/2020

For Valiant Shield 2020, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) joined four military branches in air, land, surface and subsurface training.

Today we celebrate the birthday of former President and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, “Teddy” Roosevelt, whose legacy...
10/27/2020

Today we celebrate the birthday of former President and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, “Teddy” Roosevelt, whose legacy of bravery and service lives on aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

#OnThisDay in 1984, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) was christened. For 36 years she’s carried her namesake’s spirit of ...
10/25/2020

#OnThisDay in 1984, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) was christened. For 36 years she’s carried her namesake’s spirit of strength, courage and adventure.

A milestone of 4,492 catapult launches and landing arrestments using the EMALs and AAG has been successfully and safely ...
10/22/2020
General Atomics EMALS and AAG Reach 4,492 'Cats and Traps' Milestone on Ford - Seapower

A milestone of 4,492 catapult launches and landing arrestments using the EMALs and AAG has been successfully and safely achieved aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), indicating she is halfway complete with her PDT&T!

“EMALS and AAG will provide greater flexibility over legacy systems to not only accommodate aircraft in the current air wing, but also future aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles.”

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced Oct. 7 that a milestone of 4,492 catapult launches and landing arrestments using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system has been successfully and safely...

#DidYouKnow that Doris Miller served under Admiral Chester Nimitz? Nimitz campaigned for Doris Miller to receive the Nav...
10/21/2020
A Military 1st: A Supercarrier Is Named After An African American Sailor

#DidYouKnow that Doris Miller served under Admiral Chester Nimitz? Nimitz campaigned for Doris Miller to receive the Navy Cross for his heroism. Learn more about the namesake of the future CVN 81:

USS Doris Miller will honor a Black Pearl Harbor hero and key figure in the rise of the civil rights movement. Miller, a sharecropper's son from Waco, Texas, was 22 years old when he created history.

Last month, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transited the Strait of Hormuz while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations i...
10/16/2020

Last month, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transited the Strait of Hormuz while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region.

Today we remember the 34th President of the United States and namesake of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Dwight D. E...
10/14/2020

Today we remember the 34th President of the United States and namesake of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Dwight D. Eisenhower, on his birthday.

Today we celebrate the 245th birthday of the U.S. Navy. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served in peac...
10/13/2020

Today we celebrate the 245th birthday of the U.S. Navy. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served in peace and conflict, defending our nation over the past 245 years. #NavyBirthday

An F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 demonstrates a flyby above the flight de...
10/09/2020

An F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 demonstrates a flyby above the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Sailors give a thumbs up signal to U.S. Marines piloting the aircraft while conducting flight operations aboard USS Nimi...
10/07/2020

Sailors give a thumbs up signal to U.S. Marines piloting the aircraft while conducting flight operations aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

On this day in 1945, Admiral Chester Nimitz was presented a second Gold Star by President Truman for his service and lea...
10/05/2020

On this day in 1945, Admiral Chester Nimitz was presented a second Gold Star by President Truman for his service and leadership as the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Today, we honor his legacy and his namesake ship, USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

A historic first! This past June, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and USS Harry S. Truman sailed next to each other, marking...
10/02/2020

A historic first! This past June, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and USS Harry S. Truman sailed next to each other, marking the first time a Ford class and a Nimitz class aircraft carrier operated underway together.

#DidYouKnow that on Ford class carriers, the island is smaller and farther aft than on Nimitz class? This change increas...
10/01/2020

#DidYouKnow that on Ford class carriers, the island is smaller and farther aft than on Nimitz class? This change increases space for flight deck operations. Show your support for improvements like this aboard Ford class carriers: acibc.org/what-we-stand-for/#standwith

On September 23, two F/A-18F Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 17 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) conducted the first carri...
09/30/2020
Carrier-launched airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Iraq as USS Nimitz patrols Persian Gulf

On September 23, two F/A-18F Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 17 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) conducted the first carrier-launched airstrike in over two years for Operation Inherent Resolve. Read more via Stars and Stripes:

For the first time in over two years, carrier-launched U.S. aircraft conducted an airstrike against Islamic State targets on Sept. 23 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition battling the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

On this day 5 years ago, sailors conducted a special patrol insertion and extraction exercise aboard USS Ronald Reagan (...
09/29/2020

On this day 5 years ago, sailors conducted a special patrol insertion and extraction exercise aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

What sets Ford class carriers apart from Nimitz class? One factor is their unique weapons spaces — Ford class carriers a...
09/25/2020
Ford completes expanded Consolidated Operability Test

What sets Ford class carriers apart from Nimitz class? One factor is their unique weapons spaces — Ford class carriers are equipped with Advanced Weapons Elevators, forward and aft weapons handling areas, additional ready service magazines, and larger aircraft armament system storage areas.

NORFOLK

The evening sun casts an orange glow across the starboard side of Enterprise (CVN 65). The “Big E” remains at Newport Ne...
09/23/2020

The evening sun casts an orange glow across the starboard side of Enterprise (CVN 65).

The “Big E” remains at Newport News Shipbuilding in a caretaker status while the Navy conducts an environmental impact study and explores options for her eventual dismantlement.

Aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), a Super Hornet connects to a catapult on the flight deck. Ready for takeoff!
09/21/2020

Aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), a Super Hornet connects to a catapult on the flight deck. Ready for takeoff!

From the Nimitz class to the Ford class, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are a symbol of our country’s Naval dominance, leth...
09/17/2020

From the Nimitz class to the Ford class, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are a symbol of our country’s Naval dominance, lethality and resilience. Pledge your support for current and future carriers: https://www.acibc.org/what-we-stand-for/#standwith

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