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Type of Vessel: Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Company
Contract Date: December 27, 1982
Keel Laid: August 25, 1986
Christened: July 21, 1990
Commissioned: July 4, 1992
Propulsion: Two nuclear reactors that permit the ship to steam for almost 18 years before refueling.

Speed: More than 30 knots
Length of Flight Deck: 1,092 feet
Width of Flight Deck: 275 feet
Height (keel to mast): 244 feet
Flight Deck Area: 4.5 acres
Combat Load Displacement: 97,000 tons
Number of aircraft with embarked Airwing: About 75
Aircraft Elevators: Four, each 3,880 square feet
Number of Catapults: Four
Number of Propellers: Four, each 22 ft. in diameter, brass, five-bladed and weighing 66,200 pounds each.

Number of Anchors: Two, each weighing about 30 tons
Crew accommodations: 6,250
Length of Flight Deck: 1,092 feet
Meals served daily: 18,000
Number of Compartments and Spaces: 3,360
Number of Telephones: 2,000
Capacity of Air Conditioning System: 3,267 tons
Daily capacity of Fresh Water Distilling Plants: 400,000 gal., enough to supply 2,000 homes

Lighting Fixtures: 30,000
Length of Wiring and Cable: More than 1,400 miles
Tons of Structural Steel: 60,000