Carrier of the New Millennium!
The former USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier earned the title "Carrier of the New Millennium" as it was the only carrier underway when the year 2000 arrived.
"Big John" was built in Virginia by Newport News Ship Building Company. The keel was laid on October 22, 1964 and was christened the USS John F. Kennedy on May 27, 1967 by our 35th President's daughter, Caroline Kennedy (who was 9 years old at the time). The ship was commissioned on September 7, 1968 and spent the first several years deployed to the Mediterranean. This great ship was decommissioned on August 1, 2007.
For more information on the USS John F Kennedy missions check the deployments page.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Second Class Scott A. Moak.
From keel to mast, the ship is 23 stories tall with a standard displacement of over 80,950 tons (fully loaded) and a draft of 36.7 feet (11.2 m.). The "extreme beam" is reported to be 129.5 ft. (39.5 m.) with an axial length of 1052 feet (or 320 m. in length), with 18 decks, 8 conventional (non-nuclear) boilers, 4 steam-powered catapults, 4 arresting gear wires, 4 turbine engines, and 4 aircraft elevators that can carry about 110,000 lbs. of aircraft each. She has over an acre and a half of hangar space making room for around 80 aircraft. The carrier's flight deck is over 4.5 acres!
Her 4 bronze propellors have 5 blades each and measure 21 feet across, weighing 66,220 lbs.
Two (2) anchors weighing 30 tons each are held in place by enormous chains 180 fathoms long (2082 ft.) with 684 chain-links, each weighing 365 lbs apiece!
The estimated fuel load is 11,200 tons or 3.2 million gallons of fuel.
The USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier had a top speed of over 30 knots which is truly amazing for such a fully loaded ship.
Typical Stats for Conventional Aircraft Carriers
Typically an aircraft carrier has 900 miles of cable and wiring on board and is made up of 600,000 tons of structural steel and 1 million lbs. of aluminum.
This "city at sea" carries a complement of over 5,500 men and serves-up 18,000 meals or 10 tons of food daily; that's over 800 dozen eggs, 800 loaves of bread, and nearly 1,000 gallons of milk each day! There are 1500 telephones on board along with 30,000 light fixtures; 14,000 pillowcases; 28,000 sheets; 100,000 rolls of toilet paper; 600,000 ballpoint pens and 1.5 million sheets of paper.
Another interesting yet little known fact is that each carrier distills 400,000 gallons of water daily - enough to supply 2,000 houses.
And the ship's post office handles a ton of mail on a daily basis.