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The Aircraft Carrier: More Than A Warship

THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER: MORE THAN A WARSHIP While the sailors themselves make America's Navy the best in the world, the aircraft carrier has always been and continues to be the backbone of this "global force for good." power and humanitarian relief to every corner of the globe. Steeped in historical significance for nearly 90 years, our aircraft carriers have served the nation's interests in times of war and in times of peace, adapting to the immediate and ever-changing nature of our increasingly global community. With unprecedented technology and unmatched capabilities, the United States carriers deliver a one-of-a-kind mix of combat October 30kt April 150+10 1954 December 2004 1975 Hispaniola USS Saipan (CVE 48) Southeast Asia USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Saigon, South Vietnam USS Hancock (CV 19), USS Midway (CV 41) December 1929 With nuclear propulsion and a thirty plus knot speed capability, carriers can move rapidly to the area of concern and provide a sustainable support base for immediate relief operations. In 1954, USS Saipan (CVE 48) supported relief efforts Caribbean following In December 2004, the U.S. Navy dispatched USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to assist with relief operations after the Southeast Asian tsunami. The carrier's surveillance aircraft conducted survey operations, including search-and-rescue efforts, and cargo planes delivered supplies from Bangkok to affected areas. the Tacoma, Washington USS Lexington (CV 2) During normal operations, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier can accommodate up to 150 hospital beds, a 3 bed ICU and 2 Quiet Rooms. The Medical Department has 10 officers assigned: a Senior Medical officer, General Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, Nurse, physical therapist, psychologist, and 30-33 corpsmen. All of this is can be augmented for hurricanes that struck the USS Lexington (CV 2) was ordered to Tacoma after the city's power system failed and the area experienced a drought, which diminished water in nearby dams that were hydroelectric sources of power to the city. For one month, the ship provided roughly 30 percent of the city's electrical power. island of Hispaniola. Food, water, medical and other supplies, and personnel were all brought to the devastated area by the ship. In 1955, the same ship provided assistance to Mexico following flooding in the Tampico area. In 1975, aircraft carriers Hancock and Midway, along with several other U.S. Navy ships, aided in Operation Frequent Wind -- the largest helicopter rescue in history. There, during the last days of the Vietnam war, over 7,000 American civilians and "at-risk" Vietnamese were airlifted out of Saigon. 90 humanitarian relief. 400,000 Nuclear-powered aircraft carriers normally carry enough supplies to remain at sea for 90 days without resupply. A nuclear powered aircraft carrier's desalination plants can produce more than 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water per day, providing a source of one of the most critical life-saving resources necessary in most relief operations - fresh drinking water. 70 September 2005 Gulf Coast A dental clinic with five dental officers capable of caring for as many as 70 patients per day. USS Harry Truman (CVN 75) March 2011 100's In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, USS Harry Truman (CVN 75) sailed to the devastated U.S. Gulf Coast. Arriving on September 4, she served as the flagship for the Naval task force, where she remained anchored for five weeks, providing fresh, desalinated water for the relief effort via helicopter. Northern Coast of Japan USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) January Carriers are uniquely suited to provide the command and control necessary to deliver humanitarian 2010 In March 2011, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrived off the coast of Japan to provide food, water, medicine and clothing to those devastated by the tragic 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. 18k-20k Haiti USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) The food services assistance to disaster In January 2010, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Haiti to provide medical services and humanitarian assistance in the immediate aftermath of that country's devastating earthquake. During the first week of the crisis Vinson was the center of relief operations serving as hospital, delivering tons of food and medical supplies, and converting 400,000 gallons of sea water into drinking water through its giant desalination plant. department is capable of serving 18,000 to 20,000 meals each day. victims coordinating 100's of daily flights carrying much needed food, water, supplies and medical assistance. EI Sources: | Leveraging America's Aircraft Carrier Capabilities, Exploring New Combat and Noncombat Roles and Missions for the U.S. Carrier Fleet. Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Gordon IV, Peter A. Wilson, John Birkler, Steven Boraz, Gordon T. Lee

The Aircraft Carrier: More Than A Warship

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While the sailors themselves make America's Navy the best in the world, the aircraft carrier has always been and continues to be the backbone of this "global force for good." With unprecedented tec...


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