Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

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Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
The USS Nimitz in Godzilla vs. Kong
  • 1,092 feet (overall)
  • 1,040 feet (waterline)[1]
  • 252 feet (overall)
  • 134 feet (waterline)[1]
  • 37 feet (max. navigational)
  • 41 feet (limit)[1]
100,000-104,600 long tons (full load)[1]
Targets MUTOsG14, King GhidorahGKotM, GodzillaGvK
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla (2014) Godzilla vs. Kong

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is a class of aircraft carriers operated by the United States Navy since 1975. Its first appearance in kaiju media was the 2014 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla.



Godzilla (2014)

Main article: USS Saratoga.

After the awakening and subsequent breakout of the male MUTO, the USS Saratoga (CVN-88) received the survivors including Ford Brody, Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham. The body of Joe Brody, who had passed away from his injuries before the helicopter made it to the carrier. The Saratoga later deployed fighter jets to Oahu to assist in finding a missing Russian submarine. During this, Godzilla appeared, swimming underneath the ship before making landfall in Honolulu to challenge the male MUTO, which had been the culprit behind the disappearance of the Russian submarine and was now wreaking havoc at the Honolulu International Airport. Later, the Saratoga trailed Godzilla heading towards the West Coast while monitoring the emergence of the female MUTO] in Las Vegas. The ship stayed off the shore of California to avoid the female MUTO's EMP field as Admiral Stenz and Serizawa traveled to San Francisco.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, was part of a U.S. Navy fleet that surrounded the Monarch installation at Castle Bravo due to the fallout from King Ghidorah awakening the sleeping Titans. At least one Nimitz-class later engaged Rodan and King Ghidorah in Washington, D.C., and the wreckage of another was seen inside the city during the battle.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla and Kong fighting atop the USS Nimitz in Godzilla vs. Kong

At least two ships of this class (including the USS Nimitz) were part of a convoy escorting Kong to the Hollow Earth entrance in Antarctica. During Godzilla's interception, these ships launched F-35s to defend against the Monster King. After Kong was released, he hopped onboard the Nimitz by using a nearby Ticonderoga-class cruiser as a stepping stone. Godzilla, seeing the events unfold, climbed onto the aircraft carrier to fight Kong. Godzilla had the upper hand before several F-35s intervened, giving Kong the opportunity he needed to knock Godzilla off the carrier. After a brief skirmish between Godzilla and Kong, the latter climbed back on the carrier, though bailed just before Godzilla cut the ship in half with his atomic breath; the debris of the carrier sank around the two Titans as they continued fighting underwater. The other carrier presumably powered down per Nathan Lind's suggestion, playing dead so as to make Godzilla believe he had won the engagement.

Reiwa era

Shin Godzilla

A Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Yokosuka Bay in response to the elevated radiation levels caused by Godzilla's emergence.




The Nimitz-class carries several types of aircraft, including McDonnel Douglas F/A-18 Hornets[2] and Lockeed Martin F-35C Lightning II fighter jets.


Promotional stills

Godzilla vs. Kong


Godzilla (2014)


  • The USS Saratoga was portrayed onscreen using the USS Nimitz, USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan.[3]
  • The USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is one of two real-life American ships to appear in a Monsterverse film, the other being the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57).[citation needed]


This is a list of references for Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Nimitz-class aircraft carrier". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2 March 2024.


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