The US Navy is the most formidable naval force in the world

Nimitz-class Gizmodo:

Here’s a rare sight: four out of the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers—the largest warships ever built—plus an Enterprise-class carrier docked together. They are resting at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, which coincidentally is the largest naval base in the world. Look at all that engineering and firepower. And it’s only half of the Nimitz fleet!

Wow…if you’ve never seen one of these carriers up close, this picture might not mean much but trust me – this is truly an awesome display of military might!

  • It is interesting that the Enterprise class carrier is one of a kind. The U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65) is a class of itself as there were no similar carriers built. The carrier built after the Enterprise was not nuclear (CV-66). Having been assigned to 4 different carriers during my career it is certainly an experience and watching night ops of aircraft landing was always an amazing sight that you never got jaded to.

    • “night ops of aircraft landing”

      BUCKET LIST! 🙂

  • JDSoCal

    No other country even has one.

    Enjoy your “free” healthcare, Canada.

    • “No other country even has one.”

      You’re right – except for the Russian ones, the Chinese one and the future (and past) British ones.


      • JDSoCal

        Please point me to a link where any other country has a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.


        • LOL Yeah, nice try. You said, “No other country even has one.” Meaning “aircraft carrier”. I pointed out other countries that disproved your statement. Instead of admitting you were wrong, you want to amend your statement.

          Next, you’ll say, “No other country even has one aircraft carrier with a complement of 5K American sailors.”

          • JDSoCal

            Wrong dipshit. The article is about Nimitz-class carriers, i.e., nuke-powered. No other country has one. I didn’t amend anything.

            I know what I meant better than you do, so, respectfully, go fuck yourself.

          • You may kiss your mother with that mouth but name calling isn’t allowed here on The Loop. Knock it off.

            Disagree without resorting to childishness or don’t comment. Those are your only two options.

          • JDSoCal

            Bwah ha, you’d better tell that to Jim Dalrymple.

          • Sorry? Tell what to JIm? That you’re not allowed to be childish on The Loop? He knows.

            Not sure what you’d like Jim to know. But please – enlighten me with your wisdom.

    • Nice comment, Slingblade.

      • JDSoCal

        Nice face.

  • Chris

    Not much firepower on show, there are no planes on them.

    • lagruaja

      You forgot the combined 10 × Mk 57 Mod3 Sea Sparrow launchers, 10 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, 10 × Phalanx CIWS gun systems, and the 4 x SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo Countermeasures suites. and that’s just the carriers.

      Add in the combined 6 x Mk 41 vertical launch systems with a mix of RIM-66M-5 Standard SM-2MR Block IIIB, RIM-156A SM-2ER Block IV, RIM-161 SM-3, RIM-162A ESSM, RIM-174A Standard ERAM, BGM-109 Tomahawk, or RUM-139A VL-ASROC, 8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missile launchers, 3 × Mk 45 Mod 2.5 in / 54 mm lightweight gun, 4 × 25 mm Mk 38 gun, 10 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun, 6 × Phalanx CIWS Block 1B, 6 × Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes aboard the other Carrier Battle Group ships.

      And if you wanted to get really frisky, there’s an LPD Class ship (either the 17, 19, or 21) [with 2× Bushmaster II 30 mm Close in Guns, 2× Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, 2× Mk 41 8 Cell VLS for quad-packed ESSMs, and several twin M2 Browning Machine Gun turrets] and 5 LHD-Class Amphibious Assault ships (including the USS Bataan [LHD-5] in the foreground sitting between the Lincoln and Enterprise) parked there and they’re carrying a combined 10 × NATO Sea Sparrow missile launchers, 10 × Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, 10 × Phalanx CIWS turrets, 15 × 25 mm Mk 38 cannons, and 20 × .50-cal machine guns…

      …Plus the nearly 12,000+ armed US Marines aboard them.

      So, I’d say, yeah, there’s some serious “power projection” sitting there. Just saying.