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Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers

Ship's design expected to follow Russian model

Nine nations in the world have aircraft carriers, but they vary greatly in capacity and design.

Monday, 12 January, 2009, 12:00am

7,000 sailors relish a shore thing

One of America's fastest warships, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, and five other ships in its battle group docked in Hong Kong yesterday, with 7,000 crew ready for several days' rest and relaxation.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Cash flows freely as US sailors hit the town

Thousands of US sailors arrived in Hong Kong yesterday aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group, eager for some R&R after months at sea.

It is the first call in Hong Kong by a US carrier group after Beijing's rejection of a visit by the USS Kitty Hawk in November.

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing cements warship ambitions

US embassy shocked by model of aircraft carrier that points to interest in Nimitz-class craft

China is so keen to copy the US Navy's Nimitz class aircraft carriers it has built a full-scale cement model of the ship for analysis purposes, military analysts said.

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The party starts as 6,400 US sailors hit town

When the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson steamed into port yesterday - her decks bristling with the military might of the United States of America - audible gasps of awe could be heard from onlookers.

Most of it was directed at the impressive array of fighter jets and state-of-the-art weaponry.

7 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

US sailors to set tills ringing on shore leave

The arrival of up to 7,000 sailors in Hong Kong tomorrow as part of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is expected to pump tens of millions into the economy as they take shore leave.

5 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Sea power on display as sub joins aircraft carrier

In the most formidable display of United States firepower in Hong Kong waters since the handover, a nuclear-powered submarine joined an aircraft carrier while an historic search-and-rescue exercise was under way.

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbia was moored alongside the carrier USS Carl Vinson, also nuclear-propelled, near Lantau Island.

3 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Man of war

The 96,000-tonne aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, stands at peace in the Western Harbour anchorage, some of its 80-plus aircraft idle while sailors work on the flight deck.

8 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

US aircraft carrier 'shadowing Clinton trip'

A US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has been shadowing President Bill Clinton during his trip to China, military analysts said last night.

The USS Abraham Lincoln is scheduled to dock in Hong Kong on Saturday, just hours after the commander-in-chief's departure. It has spent the past week cruising the western Pacific close enough to China in case of an emergency.

1 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Carrier steams in

The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz will arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday to renew its supplies of food and fuel. It will be the second visit by a US aircraft carrier since July 1.

26 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Nimitz repair contract increased

The US Defence Department has granted Newport News Shipbuilding an increase of nearly US$176 million in its contract for work on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

The contract is part of advance planning and materiel procurement for the refuelling and complex overhaul of the ship, the Pentagon said. Work was due for completion by March 1998.

4 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Newport News gets nuclear job

Newport News Shipbuilding Co of the United States has received US$119 million to prepare for the refuelling and maintenance of a nuclear aircraft carrier.

According to the US Navy, Newport News is expected to be ready for the Nimitz by January. Workers at the shipyard, in Virginia, will refuel the reactor in the carrier it built during the early 1970s.

10 May 1996 - 12:00am

Cold War tensions rekindled in Pacific

COLD War tensions were revived off Asia's Pacific coast when two Russian air force planes flew over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on its way to Hongkong.

Two fighter planes scrambled from the flight deck and more than 5,000 crew aboard the Nimitz were placed on full alert when surveillance ships saw the planes about 400 nautical miles from the vessel last week.

27 Feb 1993 - 12:00am