6 of 11 U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Simultaneously Underway

The Nimitz-class USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

The U.S. Navy now has 6 of its 11 aircraft carriers underway in various locations around the world.

The newest is the first Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

The five Nimitz class carriers patrolling the sea are the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

The USS Gerald R. Ford deployed from Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia. The Ford is a first-in-class aircraft carrier and the first new aircraft carrier designed in more than 40 years. She completed her first-ever Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ) last month.   The Ford has a full load of displacement of 100,000t making it the largest aircraft carrier. Its powered by two A1B nuclear reactors offering 250% more electrical capacity than the Nimitz Class.

The USS Nimitz departed from Bremerton, WA after completing her Carrier Incremental Availability at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Prior to departure; all hands were tested for the Corona Virus and the carrier did a 27-day quarantine period to ensure that the crew was ready to conduct their operations at sea.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently in the north Arabian Sea, where the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) recently participated in a bilateral interoperability exercise with the French Navy in that area.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departed from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, CA for operations in the eastern Pacific. The Lincoln will be conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area.

USS Harry S. Truman is underway in the Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. coast. The carrier was ordered to remain at sea in the Western Atlantic, after completing its deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet areas of operation to support & protect the crew from risks of the Corona Virus outbreak.

USS Ronald Reagan left Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan for sea trials after the completion of her selected restricted availability (SRA) by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) at the PSNS & IMF Detachment Yokosuka.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)


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