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The Nimitz Class Carriers are the main backbone of America's ability to project power anywhere in the world. The Nimitz is powered by two nuclear pressurized water reactors and carries an assorted air wing of 85 Fighter/Attack Jets, Anti-Submarine aircraft, Airborne Early Warning Planes, and also retains several SH-60B Sea Hawk Helicopters for Search and Rescue and ASW duties. The Nimitz has a whopping 97,000 tons of displacement and its length is approximately three football fields. Since the first Nimitz Class Carrier, The USS Nimitz (CVN-68), entered service in May 1975 there have been nine other Nimitz Class Carriers produced. The Nimitz made its first combat cruise during the ill-fated Operation Eagle Claw. The Nimitz Class has since proven itself in operations in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. At current projections, The Last Nimitz is not scheduled to be retired till the year 2058, at which point the last of the Nimitz will have been fully replaced by the Gerald R. Ford Class.
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