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USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

The mission of USS John C. Stennis and her embarked Air Wing is to conduct sustained combat air operations while forward deployed in the global arena. The embarked Air Wing consists of eight to nine squadrons. Attached aircraft are the F/A-18C Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3A Viking, E-2C Hawkeye and HH-60H/SH-60F Seahawk.
The Air Wing can destroy enemy aircraft, ships, submarines, and land targets, or lay mines hundreds of miles from the ship. USS John C. Stennis' aircraft are used to conduct strikes, support land battles, protect the Battle Group or other friendly shipping, and implement a sea or air blockade. The Air Wing provides a visible presence to demonstrate American power and resolve in a crisis. The ship normally operates as the centerpiece of a Carrier Battle Group commanded by a flag officer embarked in USS John C. Stennis and consisting of four to six other ships.
USS John C. Stennis' two nuclear reactors give her virtually unlimited range and endurance and a top speed in excess of 30 knots. The ship’s four catapults and four arresting gear engines enable her to launch and recover aircraft rapidly and simultaneously. The ship carries approximately three million gallons of fuel for her aircraft and escorts, and enough weapons and stores for extended operations without replenishment. USS John C. Stennis also has extensive repair capabilities, including a fully equipped Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, a micro-miniature electronics repair shop, and numerous ship repair shops.
For defense, in addition to her Air Wing and accompanying vessels, USS John C. Stennis has NATO Sea Sparrow short-range, surface-to-air missile systems, the Phalanx Close-in Weapons System (an extremely rapid firing 20mm gun) for cruise missile defense, and the SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System.
General characteristics
Type of vessel Nimitz-Class, Nuclear Aircraft Carrier
Builder Newport News Shipbuilding Co.   
Keel laid March 13, 1991
Christened November 11, 1993
Commissioned December 9, 1995
Projected service life 50 years
Power plant Two nuclear reactors
Max. speed More than 30 knots 55.5 km/h
Length of flight deck 1,092 ft 332.8 m
Width of flight deck 257 ft 78.3 m
Area of flight deck 4.5 acres 18,211 sq. m
Height keel to mast 244 ft 74.3 m
Displacement 88,000 tons
Number of propellers Four, five blades each
Weight of propellers 66,200 lb 30,028 kg
Number of anchors Two (From USS Forrestal (CV-59))
Weight of anchors 66,140 lb 30,000 kg
Number of catapults Four
Aircraft elevators Four  
Aircrafts 80+ tactical aircraft
Crew 6,200 (including air wing)
Armament Three Sea Sparrow missiles launchers (eight missiles each), four Phalanx CWIS mounts
Total cost $3.5 billion

Meals served daily 18,600
Distillation plant capacity 400,000 gallons (15,142 hl)
Number of compartments 2,700
Number of telephones 2,000
Tons of structural steel More than 60,000 tons
Miles of cable and wiring More than 900 miles (1,450 km)
Number of light fixtures More than 30,000
Bed mattresses If lined up end-to-end, they would stretch more than nine miles.
Sheets 28,000  
Pillow cases 14,000

Jirka Wagner


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