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USS George H W Bush at Newport News
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No: 18827   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2006   Manufacturer: Other   Country: USA
USS George H W Bush at Newport News

Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier, photographed on 10 September 2006 while fitting out. George H.W. Bush was christened a month later on 7 October 2006. Former President George H. W. Bush attended the ceremony and became the first president in history to participate in the christening of his namesake ship.
Picture added on 08 January 2012 at 08:10
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Class and type: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 102, 000 long tons (114, 000 short tons)[4]
Length:Overall: 1, 092 feet (332.8 m)
Waterline: 1, 040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam: Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Draft: Maximum navigational: 37 ft (11.3 m)
Limit: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors
4 × steam turbines
4 × shafts
260, 000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Complement: Ship's company: 3, 200
Air wing: 2, 480
Sensors and processing systems: SPS-48E 3-D air search radar
SPS-49A(V)1 2-D air search radar
SPQ-9B fire control radar
2 × SPN-46 air traffic control radars
SPN-43C air traffic control radar
SPN-41 instrument landing system radar
3 × Mk 91 NSSM guidance systems
3 × Mk 95 radars
Electronic warfare and decoys: SLQ-32A(V)4 Countermeasures suite
SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasures
Armament: 2 × Mk 29 ESSM launcher
2 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
Armor: Classified
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters

Added by John Southall on 08 January 2012.
Let's hope I got the name right, John! We were at least a mile away and there are no identifying numbers or names. All I remember now is that we (a BAES group) were on our way to or from Virginia Beach to photograph aircraft.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 10 January 2012.
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