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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Last month, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) returned to the Middle East to provide air support and additional defensive capabilities...
12/14/2020
The USS Nimitz is back in the Middle East amid Iraq, Afghanistan drawdowns

Last month, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) returned to the Middle East to provide air support and additional defensive capabilities where needed. Read about their mission: bit.ly/3ow2YvN

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz has returned to the Middle East in case it is needed to provide air support during the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials said

Happy first night of Hanukkah to all who celebrate!
12/10/2020

Happy first night of Hanukkah to all who celebrate!

Breaking!🚨 For the first time, the U.S. Navy has recommended a woman for command of a U.S. aircraft carrier. Capt. Amy B...
12/10/2020
For first time, the Navy has recommended a woman to command an aircraft carrier

Breaking!🚨 For the first time, the U.S. Navy has recommended a woman for command of a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, a former Navy helicopter pilot and commander of an amphibious transport dock, is one of 6 Navy captains recommended for carrier command for which she'll be eligible in Fiscal Year 2022!

Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, a former Navy helicopter pilot and commander of an amphibious transport dock, is one of six Navy captains recommended for carrier command by the Aviation Major Command Board on Nov. 21.

25 years! On this day in 1995, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was commissioned, joining the strong team of Nimitz class ca...
12/09/2020

25 years! On this day in 1995, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was commissioned, joining the strong team of Nimitz class carriers. Here’s to fair winds, following seas and 25 more!

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) homecoming celebration looked different — taking place virtually on Facebook. However, fa...
12/08/2020
USS Ronald Reagan families gather on Facebook to welcome sailors home amid pandemic

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) homecoming celebration looked different — taking place virtually on Facebook. However, families and loved ones still showed up with full excitement and enthusiasm to welcome their sailors home.

Homecoming isn’t the same during the coronavirus pandemic. There were no loved ones on the pier, no bands and no fanfare to welcome the USS Ronald Reagan crew home after a five-month patrol.

On this “date that will live in infamy”, we honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor in 1941. American sailor Do...
12/07/2020

On this “date that will live in infamy”, we honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor in 1941. American sailor Doris Miller manned anti-aircraft guns (without training) and tended to the wounded. His legacy will live on as the namesake of our newest carrier CVN 81.

One year ago today, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding alongside carrier advocates and...
12/07/2020

One year ago today, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding alongside carrier advocates and leaders, including daughter of the ship's namesake, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. We look forward to the future of #CVN79 and all Ford class carriers to come

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is nearing the end of its preparations for combat. As the first in its class, she pilots man...
12/04/2020

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is nearing the end of its preparations for combat. As the first in its class, she pilots many innovations and improvements including a larger flight deck.

Last month, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) concluded the longest patrol of a Japan-based carrier in over twenty years, docki...
12/02/2020

Last month, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) concluded the longest patrol of a Japan-based carrier in over twenty years, docking in her homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, after 159 days at sea. Those serving aboard CVN 76 follow the mindset of Reagan himself, to preserve “peace through strength.”

In late November, phase two of the Malabar 2020 wargames unfolded in the Indian Ocean’s Western region. USS Nimitz (CVN ...
12/01/2020

In late November, phase two of the Malabar 2020 wargames unfolded in the Indian Ocean’s Western region. USS Nimitz (CVN 68) participated in the company of other American, Indian, Japanese and Australian vessels. The naval exercise took on a “no-contact, at sea only” format this year to follow COVID-19 safety measures.

We close out #FordClassFriday with a celebration of the impact that Ford class aircraft carriers will have on the U.S. N...
11/27/2020

We close out #FordClassFriday with a celebration of the impact that Ford class aircraft carriers will have on the U.S. Navy. With the delivery of CVN 81, the Navy will have four of these re-designed warfighters to serve our nation. #AircraftCarrierMonth TheFordClass.com

Happy Thanksgiving! We can think of no better way to round out #AircraftCarrierMonth than by expressing our unwavering g...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! We can think of no better way to round out #AircraftCarrierMonth than by expressing our unwavering gratitude towards the men and women serving on each of our carriers. Thank a sailor in the comments!

On this day in 1961, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) aka “Big E”, was commissioned. ...
11/25/2020

On this day in 1961, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) aka “Big E”, was commissioned. Check out aircraftcarrier.com for more. #AircraftCarrierMonth

#OnThisDay in 1943 Doris Miller was killed when a Japanese torpedo struck USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56). His bravery during t...
11/24/2020

#OnThisDay in 1943 Doris Miller was killed when a Japanese torpedo struck USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56). His bravery during the Battle of Pearl Harbor and contributions throughout his Naval career earned him the Navy Cross and are why the future CVN 81 was named in his honor. #CVN81 #DorisMiller bit.ly/3kRHUO8

National U.S. Navy #AircraftCarrierMonth ends in less than a week and there is no better time to show your support for o...
11/23/2020

National U.S. Navy #AircraftCarrierMonth ends in less than a week and there is no better time to show your support for our nation’s aircraft carriers! acibc.org/what-we-stand-for/#standwith

In addition to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and the future Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller...
11/20/2020

In addition to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and the future Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller (CVN 81) were also procured as Ford class carriers. When complete, each carrier will support a more agile, lethal and versatile Naval fleet. #FordClassFriday TheFordClass.com

We’re celebrating #AircraftCarrierMonth because of immense carrier contributions to national security, but also in condu...
11/19/2020

We’re celebrating #AircraftCarrierMonth because of immense carrier contributions to national security, but also in conducting peaceful humanitarian missions around the world. Celebrate with us: acibc.org/what-we-stand-for/#standwith

The first! Did you know that on November 17, 1924, USS Langley (CV 1) reported for duty with the Battle Fleet, becoming ...
11/17/2020

The first! Did you know that on November 17, 1924, USS Langley (CV 1) reported for duty with the Battle Fleet, becoming the first operational aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy? #AircraftCarrierMonth aircraftcarrier.com

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).

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