Aircraft Carriers

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NAS Oceana Aircraft Carriers


The aircraft carrier continues to be one of our nation’s most visible symbols of military might. Each of the carrier air wings at NAS Oceana supports Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which are the largest warships in the world. Each flight deck is 4.5 acres of sovereign U.S. territory.

Each aircraft carrier is the size of a small city. The ship has a crew of nearly 3,000 men and women, which grows to nearly 5,000 when deployed with a carrier air wing. When aircraft operate from their flight deck, the aircraft carrier’s crew and air wing personnel function as a single team, providing our nation with a potent, flexible and mobile force.

East Coast carriers are based at Naval Station Norfolk, just 35 miles from NAS Oceana.



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