Why The US Navy Is The Most Formidable Naval Force In The World

Here's a rare sight: five out of the 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers — the largest warships ever built — docked together. They are resting at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, which coincidentally is the largest naval base in the world. Look at all that engineering and firepower. And it's only half of the Nimitz fleet!

The other ships are not too shabby either, including six amphibious ships — the other "smaller" carriers on the photo, capable of deploying US Marines, Harriers, helicopters and other vehicles for amphibious assaults. These are larger than what other countries call aircraft carrier. I think I see the USS Iwo Jima and the USS Bataan, but please correct me if I'm wrong, sailors.

The 333m nuclear-powered Nimitz-class supercarriers are USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

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    Honestly, I think these have to be one of mankinds greatest feats of design, engineering etc...

      That was the case... before the invention of the iPhone 5.

      Last edited 05/01/13 7:17 pm

        Oh god don't let apples marketing team see this.

          iCarrier is currently in development. It's smaller and thinner than all previous carriers, and uses steel plate welding techniques developed specifically by Apple.

            But may accidentally travel to Japan instead of North Korea due to navigation difficulties?

              Ha!

                Don't worry, everyone knows about apples last attempt to build a yacht...

                  LOL! And so the ApplePhail meme was born... ;-)

                  Last edited 06/01/13 5:45 pm

            and also may loose all contact with the rest of the fleet if the crew all join hands across the deck and touch both sides of the hull.
            Interestingly this is being marketed as a stealth feature.

            lol No, the outer shell of the iCarrier is crafted out of a single piece of brushed almunium!

              haha, Unibody design

            Just how much is the price set to be?

    What amazes me about the nuclear powered aircraft carriers is they can travel multiple times around the world, supplying all the power they need for propulsion and the needs of their 5,000 crew members, without ever stopping to re-fuel, just amazing is the power of nuclear energy.

      You're slightly wrong there..... the 5000 crew members need to refuel or they'll die :D

    Flying on and off these in an F18 or F22

    OR

    doing a cargo run to the space station??

    Astronaut or Fighter Pilot?

      gotta be fighter pilot for sure! I love space and all, and its a close call but being in control of a fighter jet would hands down kick an astronauts butt.

    And one single nuclear missile would wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars of US military investment in one swipe. -Completely practical, do-able, and possible scenario. Open to devastating retaliation of course, but Pearl Harbour MkII would prove these vessels are just as old hat as the battleship class they replaced 60 years ago, when it comes to total war that is.

    Last edited 05/01/13 8:19 pm

      Funny, I was thinking the exact same thing. There are 5 carriers in that photo, 5 of 11. I'm very surprised they were all in one spot actually, that's a rather big over site of planning. Then there are the Amphibious ships, just as important, if not more so. You wouldn't even need a nuke, some anti ship ballistic missiles would take all of them out in one hit. You'd need maybe 40 missiles, not a lot really. BILLIONS would evaporate, not to mention the maybe 20000 lives. Of course that basically means nuclear war....

      Last edited 05/01/13 10:08 pm

        I'm pretty sure they have anti missile defence systems.

          Sub launched, ballistic missiles against berthed ships.... They are sitting ducks, Trust me. Patriot isn't worth a damn, and those ships CMS are either shut down, in stand-by, or undergoing maintenance. Why do you think Pearl Harbour was so easy? None of them would have their radars emitting, or CIC closed up.

        Nothing short of an ICBM or SLBM could get within striking range. Old hat? Yeah right. These things are in constant service all over the world with crazy high tech on them pending the crap out of anyone who arces up too much. Park 1-3 of these babies off the coast of any country and you are basically able to influence policies or, in most cases, take out their entire airforce within a short period of time if need be.

      Oh yes completelly practical cause like if you fire a nuke at the US there not going to send thousands back at you "we got rid of 5 carriers but our countries been wiped off the map we win...."

      You have to bear in mind that if America is fighting someone who has ICBMs both sides lose. In that scenario the prospect of "mutually assured destruction" is the only defence available. Consequently, these ships are not for that kind of conflict. They are for ASYMETRIC warfare, i.e. so that America can impose its will on much less powerful, generally non-nuclear countries. Say, for example, you want to make sure your commercial shipping can pass through the Straits of Malacca or the Suez Canal in the face of hostile locals. Or perhaps you want to destroy the defences of a middle-eatern country in preparation for invasion. Or maybe you just want to bomb a small country on the other side of the world into submission. In these kinds of scenarios carrier groups are extemely handy. When it comes to "total war"? Well sure, then they certainly are "old hat". But under those circumstances we're all dead anyway, so it hardly matters.

    You missed THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.... Some of them... HAVE MCDONALDS ON THEM!!!!! *This may not be true, but I do remember seeing it on a documentary that said the crew had to man it themselves*

    Last edited 05/01/13 8:59 pm

      I want to know if the ships that have Maccas aboard are required to tow big billboards behind them saying "M - Two minutes ahead"

        ROFLMAO!!!!!

        Or if their Cruise missiles have giant M's on them...

        "This death and destruction brought to you (more than normal) by McDonalds!"

    Hate to be a nitpicker, but Enterprise isn't Nimitz class, it's a class of its own... and it's sadly in the process of being decommissioned.

      God Bless the Big E! An actual symbol of the US

      50 years of the best of the best putting it on the line for the worlds peace. The politicians who send her are the aberration of the great things these servicemen stand for

      The name continues, look for it - CVN 80

    I'd trade them all in for one Helicarrier (with staff included).

    Nice photo, the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and has just been retired (Dec 1) after 50 years service. It's not a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and is the only ship of her class. The Nimitz class ships will eventually be replaced from 2015 by the Gerald R. Ford class.

      HAHA and they will be replaced in 2020 by the Chuck Norris class, of course

    Fantastic photo!

    I agree, amazing feats of engineering and are truly incredible.

    However I must agree with a few of the other commenter's, seems tactfully stupid having approx 50% of your Aircraft Carriers next to each other - Although I'm sure the USA has the means to defend them, and therefore it isn't to much of a concern for them. They must have been preparing for some war games or something perhaps?

    Anyways, I think with that all said and done, it is ironic to think that these master pieces, and say America's pride and joy, are probably technically owned by almost every other western country (+ others) more so then the US, due to the amount of debt the USA is in to them. (no personal attack on the US, just interesting is all).

    So most presidents end up with a boat named after them...

    Does Dubya Jr get a tugboat?

    The USS Clinton would be totally manned by chicks if it existed.

      Agreed mrsnrub, but the USS Clinton would be painted BLUE and have some distinctive staining on it too......

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