The Navy today
accepted delivery of the newest aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan
(CVN 76). The ship design and construction was executed under a contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News
(NGNN) in December 1994.
Reagan's first deployment is scheduled for 2005 from her San Diego, Calif.
homeport, which is home to two other US aircraft carriers.
Reagan is the ninth of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Expected to be
in service for 50 years, Reagan will carry out our nation's tasking in both
peacetime and in times of crisis. Its nuclear propulsion plant will power
the ship for more than 20 years without refueling, providing virtually unlimited range and endurance and a top speed in excess of 30 knots.
Reagan towers 20 stories above the waterline, and at 1,092 feet long, is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall. The ship displaces
approximately 97,000 tons of water and has a 4.5-acre flight deck. The carrier will serve as home to approximately 6,000 Sailors and 80 plus
The ship's four catapults and three arresting gear engines enable rapid and simultaneous launch and recovery of aircraft. Catapults thrust 60,000
aircraft 300 feet, from zero to 165 miles per hour in two seconds, while
arresting cables are able to bring a plane traveling in at 150 mile per
to a complete stop in about 320 feet. The ship will carry approximately
three million gallons of fuel for its aircraft and escorts, and enough
weapons and stores for extended operations without replenishment.
Design improvements include: a completely redesigned island, integrated
systems with increased capacity to support future upgrades, and improved
facilities for female personnel. In addition, Reagan has extensive
capabilities, including a fully equipped Aircraft Intermediate
Department, a micro-miniature electronics repair shop, and numerous ship
repair shops. The ship is equipped with a fiber optic based network for
improved communication and machinery monitoring.
CVN 76 was christened on March 4, 2001 by its sponsor, Mrs. Nancy Reagan.
Vice President Dick Cheney will join Mrs. Reagan in the commissioning of
Ronald Reagan on July 12, 2003.
(Source: Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers Public