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CARRIER, a 10-part series filmed aboard the USS Nimitz, is a character-driven immersion in the high-stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. The programs follow a core group of film participants, from the admiral of the strike group to the fighter pilots to the youngest sailors, as they navigate personal conflicts around their jobs, families, faith, patriotism, love, the rites of passage and the war on terror.
Facts about the USS Nimitz
USS Nimitz has answered her country’s call many times in response to regional and international crises. In doing so, the aircraft carrier has secured a prominent place in history, just like her namesake, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. After her commissioning on May 3, 1975, Nimitz’ first deployment began on July 7, 1976 when she departed Norfolk, Virginia for the Mediterranean.
Launched: May 13, 1972
Commissioned: May 3, 1975
Propulsion system: Two nuclear power plants
Main Engines: Four
Speed: 30+ Knots
Blades on each Propeller: Five
Aircraft elevators: Four
Overall length: 1,092 feet
Overall width: 252 feet
Area of flight deck: About 4.5 acres
Full load displacement: About 95,000 tons
Accommodations: About 6,000 persons
Size: Nimitz reaches over 23 stories high from the keel to the top of the mast.
Aircraft Hangar Bay: This extends for most of the ship's length. It is used for major repair and shelters the aircraft not needed for that day's flight schedule.
Drinking Water: Four distilling units enable Nimitz engineers to make over 400,000 gallons of fresh water a day, for use by the propulsion plants, catapults and crew.
Meals: Nimitz' Food Services Department provides 18,000-20,000 meals a day. Nimitz can stock at least 70 days of refrigerated and dry storage goods.
Laundry: Literally tons of wash are done every day by Nimitz' laundry, dry cleaning and tailoring services personnel.
Haircuts: Nimitz' one barber shop trims over 1,500 heads each week.
Mail: The Post Office processes more than one million pounds of mail each year.
Health Care: The ship has a fully-equipped dental facility, staffed by five dentists. The Medical Department is manned by six doctors, including a general surgeon, who provide everything from surgery to hydro-therapy. The ship also features a 53-bed hospital ward, a three bed ICU, and acts as the hospital ship for the entire Nimitz battle group.
Religion: Nimitz' three chaplains conduct daily religious services in an interdenominational chapel.
Deployment for the film CARRIER
In May 2005, Nimitz embarked on a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. These operations helped set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and complemented the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. While in the Fifth Fleet area of operations, Nimitz and its embarked air wing, CVW 11, launched more than 4,500 sorties totaling more than 11,000 flight hours. More than 1,100 sorties and 6,000 flight hours were flown in direct support of troops on the ground in Iraq.
Source: Official Navy website for the USS Nimitz, authorized and maintained by the USS Nimitz Public Affairs Office. http://www.nimitz.navy.mil