Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Where In the World?

Keel Laid: March 13, 1991
Launched: Nov. 11, 1993
Commissioned: Dec. 9, 1995
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News; Va.
Propulsion system: two nuclear reactors
Main Engines: four
Propellers: four
Blades on each Propeller: five
Aircraft elevators: four
Catapults: four
Arresting gear cables: four
Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 257 feet (78.34 meters)
Area of flight deck: about 4.5 acres (18211.5 m2)
Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters)
Draft: 38.4 feet (11.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 100,000 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Planes: approx. 85
Crew: Ship: approx. 3,200 , Air Wing: 2,480

Number of telephones: 2,000
Tons of structural steel: about 60,000 tons
Sheets: 28,000
Pillow Cases: 14,000

These are the general statistics of the aircraft carrier, The U.S.S. Stennis. My nephew has been living on this ship for the last several weeks while it is stationed in San Diego, CA. This is ultimately what he wants to do when he graduates from college which is just 2 short years away. Needless to say we harrass him unmercifully with "seamen" jokes which we find terribly funny. He'll be home from his brief tour on the U.S.S. Stennis in about a week or so and can finally let his summer break begin.


Steve & Stepher said...


That is, quite literally, a floating world all by itself.

I'd never relent on the seamen jokes, LOL.

InterstellarLass said...

ha ha. Seamen.

I can't believe he's growing up so fast! WOW! Didn't he just graduate from high school?

Anonymous said...


Did it say how many rolls of TP they keep on board? :P

Bone said...

I can so see you sitting up at night coming up with new seamen jokes :)

michaelm said...

These ships just amaze me.
Visit Former Frontier Editor for footage of planes touching down on these suckers. Amazing.
So huge, so powerful.

michaelm said...

And yeah, seamen . . .