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USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

USS Harry S. Truman is the last Nimitz-class carrier of United States. The next carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), is in construction. First deployment of USS Truman is planned on summer 2000.
History will be made Saturday, July 25th, 1998 at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia when the United States Navy commissions the Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
    The carrier is named in honor of Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), thirty- third President of the United States. Among President Truman's notable accomplishments were ending World War II, providing economic aid and assistance to devastated postwar European countries through the Marshall Plan; promising American support of free nations against direct and indirect Communist aggression under the Truman Doctrine; and establing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
    Harry S. Truman is the eighth of nine Nimitz Class carriers currently authorized by Congress to be built. Aircraft carriers are deployed worldwide in support of U.S. interest and commitments. They can respond to global crisis in ways ranging from peacetime presence to full-scale war.
    The carrier has a crew of more than 160 officers and 3,200 sailors. The ship is 1,096 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 134 feet, a flight deck width of 252 feet, and displaces approximately 95,000 tons when fully loaded. Two nuclear reactors and four steam turbines engines power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship's armament includes four NATO Sea Sparrow missile launchers and four 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems mounts. An airwing of approximately 2,500 personnel will support the 80 aircraft onboard. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) will be homeported at Norfolk, Virginia.

General characteristics

Keel laid Nov. 29, 1993
Christened Sept. 7, 1996
Launch Sept. 13, 1996
Crew move aboard January 1998
Acceptance trial May 1998
Commissioned July 25, 1998
Power plant 2 nuclear reactors; capable of 20 years of service without refueling
Length 1,096 ft 334 m
Draft +/- 37 ft 11.3 m
Displacement 97,000 US tons 87,997 tons
Max. speed 30 knots 55.6 km/h
Area of flight deck 4.5 acres 18,211 sq. m
Lifespan 50 years
Number of propellers Four, bronze
Diameter of propeller 21 ft 6.4 m
Weight of propeller 66,200 lb 30,028 kg
Number of rudders Two
Dimensions of rudder 29 ft x 22 ft 8.8 m x 6.7 m
Weight of rudders 50 US tons 45.4 tons
Number of anchors Two
Weight of anchors 30 US tons 27.2 tons
Length of anchor chain 2,082 ft 635 m
Weight of chain links 365 lb 288 kg
Number of catapults Four
Aircrafts 80
Airwing S-3A Viking antisubmarine aircraft
F-14 Tomcat fighter
E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft
F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter
HH-60H/SH-60F Seahawk antisubmarine helicopter
Arresting gear wires Four wires about two inches in diameter, capable of bringing an airplane going over 150 mph to a stop in less than 400 feet.
Construction years--keel to delivery 5 years
Tons of steel used 60,000 US tons (54,431 tons)
Pounds of aluminum used 1,000,000 lb (453,592 kg)
Miles of cable and wiring More than 900 miles (1,448 km)
Meals served daily 18,150
Fresh water produced daily 400,000 gallons (15,142 hl)
Light fixtures Nearly 30,000
Linen 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets
Toilet paper 140,000 rolls 
Telephones 2,000
Pens and paper 600,000 ball-point pens and 1.5 million sheets of paper 

Photos from commissioning July 25, 1998

Jirka Wagner


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