- Appears in: TBA
- Used by: United States Navy
- Weapons: 16-24 x RIM-7 Sea Sparrow or NATO Sea Sparrow anti-aircraft and anti-missile launchers, 3 or 4 x Phalanx CIWS
- Aircraft carried: 85-90 jet planes and helicopters
The 1,092 feet (333 meter) long Nimitz class aircraft carrier was designed by the U.S. Navy during the 1960's, when America was still fighting in the Vietnam War. They weight about 97,000 tons, and their companies can number up to 3,200 sailors. They were ordered to supplement the Forrestal class, Kitty Hawk class, and Enterprise class of aircraft carriers, and maintain the strength and capability of the United States Navy. The Nimitz class ships 2 Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, which take up less space than the 8 reactors on board the Enterprise. The first of these ships, USS Nimitz, was laid down at Newport News Shipboarding, in Newport News, Virginia, on June 22nd, 1968. She was then launched on May 13th, 1972, and commissioned on May 3rd, 1975. She used to have her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk until 1987 (when Army Wars: Red Tide will take place in), then she was relocated to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. The other ships, the Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson, and Theodore Roosevelt were built and commissioned in different naval yards during the late-1970's and early-1980's. Two other Nimitz class vessels are still under construction, as of 1987, the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The construction of each ship costed around $4.5 billion. Each ship can go anywhere around the world without the need to refuel for about 20 years.
Armament and protection Edit
In addition to the aircraft they carry on board, the Nimitz's carry defensive equipment for use against missiles and hostile aircraft. These consist either 3 or 4 NATO RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile launchers designed to defend carriers from enemy aircraft and ant-ship missiles as well as 3 or 4 20mm Phalanx CIWS (Close-In-Weapon-System) missile defense cannon mounts.
Carrier Air Wing Edit
The carriers can accommodate a maximum of 85-90 aircraft of different types, such as fighter jets like the F-14 Tomcat, F-4 Phantom II, and F/A-18A/C Hornet, ground attack aircraft like the A-6E Intruder, A-7 Corsair II, and F/A-18B/D Hornet, maritime patrol and ASW aircraft like the S-3 Viking, early warning aircraft like the E-2 Hawkeye, electronic warfare jet planes like EA-6 Prowler, and helicopters like the SH-60 Seahawk and the aging SH-3 Sea King.
A typical air wing can include 12-14 strike fighters; two squadrons of 10-12 of them, with one of these being provided by the United States Marine Corps (VMFA) also as strike fighters, 4-6 EA-6 Prowlers for electronic warfare, 4-6 E-2 Hawkeyes for airborne early warning (AEW), C-2 Greyhounds used for logistics, and a Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron of 6-8 SH-60 Seahawks and SH-3 Sea Kings. 4 steam catapults are used to launch the jets, while 4 arrestor wires are used for recovery and to slow them down when landing on the carriers.
Carrier Strike Group Edit
Whenever a Nimitz class carrier deploys, it takes a Strike Group with it, made up of several other warships and supply vessels which allow the operation to carry out. The defensive armament of the Nimitz class is only for short-range defense, used as a last line of defense against enemy aircraft, like jets and helicopters, and missiles. The other vessels in a Carrier Strike Group provide additional capabilities, such as long-range Tomahawk missiles or the Aegis Combat System, which were new during the Cold War. A typical Strike Group may include 1 aircraft carrier and up to 6 surface combatants, including frigates, guided missile cruisers, and guided missile destroyers (used primarily for anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare); 1 or 2 attack submarines are used for seeking out and destroying enemy surface warships and submarines; and an ammunition, oiler, and supply ship to provide logistical support. Sometimes, one of the U.S. Navy's last surviving battleships, the Iowa class, from World War II can accompany a Nimitz class carrier too.
World War III Edit
The Nimitz class supercarriers will answer the United States of America's call into frontline action, whenever the Soviets and their Warsaw Pact allies make their final decision to declare war on America and its NATO allies. The Abraham Lincoln and the George Washington are still in progress of construction. Will either ship be ready to be commissioned and see frontline action in time? Will any of the Nimitz class carriers survive the Third World War? It is also unknown when the carriers will make their first appearance in the Army Wars series.
- In the real-world, there are 10 Nimitz class aircraft carriers currently serving the U.S. Navy, which includes the completed Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, the John C. Stennis (CVN-74), Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), and the last to be commissioned being the George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in 2009.
- There are also fictional Nimitz class aircraft carriers that appeared in numerous of films, T.V. shows, video games, and other books. For example, the USS Flagg (CVN-99) that appeared in the G.I. Joe franchise, and USS Titan, which appeared to be under attack and sinking by Chinese forces, in the 2013 video game, Battlefield 4. It is currently unknown if Army Wars will have fictional carriers and other warships in the series.