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USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier

Seventh in Line of the Nimitz-class.

A representative of Nimitz's "Theodore Roosevelt" subclass of warships, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) represents a powerful at-sea component for the United States Navy. Its ocean-going capability is limitless through nuclear power and over 6,000 personnel call the ship their home for months on end. Carrying as many as ninety warplanes and special-mission aircraft, the Stennis is a force to be reckoned with.
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Mission Roles

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Mission Flexibility

The Stennis has the capability to carry some 90 total warplanes, each designed to fulfill specific or various mission requirements. This stock of aircraft includes multirole fighters for fleet defense and inland attack, rotorcraft for resupply and Search-and-Rescue (SAR), and special-mission / transport types.

Close-In Defense Solutions

The vessel is defended, not only by its accompanying fleet of warships and submarines, but also by its onboard systems and weapons including the 20mm Phalanx digital Gatling solution as well as Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems for low-flying, ranged threats.

Lending a Helping Hand

Helicopters aboard the Stennis provide critical, Over-the-Horizon (OtH) solutions such as scouting/reconnaissance, Search-and-Rescue (SAR), submarine and ship hunting, troop and VIP transportation, and at-sea resupply.

Top-to-Bottom Features

The warship can move man, machine, and ordnance quickly thanks to its collection of powered, heavy-duty hangar elevators giving access from the flight deck to decks below. This aids the carrier in providing round-the-clock support of flying components in the event of Total War.


Active, In-Service (25 yrs)
Newport News Shipbuilding Company - USA
Units Built
1 Total

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United States

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
Propulsion: 2 x Westinghouse A4W nuclear-fueled reactor units feeding 4 x Steam turbines developing 260,000 horsepower and driving 4 x Shafts under stern.

(Assuming optimal operating/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
30 knots | 35 mph | 56 kph
Operational Range
Essentially Unlimited
Length (Overall)
1,091.86 ft (332.80 m)
Beam (Width)
251.97 ft (76.80 m)
Draft (Height)
37.07 ft (11.30 m)
Displacement (Loaded)
115,700 tons (U.S. Short)
2 x Mk.57 Mod 3 "Sea Sparrow" medium-ranged Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launchers.
2 x RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers.
3 x 20mm "Phalanx" Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWs).

Up to 90 aircraft of fixed-wing and rotary-wing configuration.

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10 Total:

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) - Lead Ship; commissioned 1975; overhauled 1998-2001.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) - Commissioned 1977' overhauled 2001-2005.
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) - Commissioned 1982; overhauled 2005-2009.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) - Commissioned 1986; overhauled 2009-2013.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) - Commissioned 1989; overhauled 2013-2017.
USS George Washington (CVN-73) - Commissioned 1992; overhauled 2017-2022.
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) - Commissioned 1995.
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) - Commissioned 1998.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) - Commissioned 2003.
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) - Commissioned 2009.

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