Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier – High Speed Hair-Pin Turn!

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) performs high-speed turns in the Atlantic Ocean. Abraham Lincoln is underway after successfully completing its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul and will spend several days conducting sea trials.

image/text credit: Humans At Sea

Video has captured the 99,000 ton USS Lincoln, a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, gliding with surprisingly fast speed and agility in the water as it conducts sea trials.

The ship is among some of the most complex ever built, measuring nearly 1,100 feet in length, housing as many as 6,000 sailors, and supporting more than 70 aircraft.

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Because aircraft carriers are such high-value targets, they have to be able to make tight turns to avoid collisions or enemy torpedoes, though their strike groups would likely fend off any threat to approach them.

VIAHumans At Sea
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