After Joseph Brody is critically injured during the Male MUTO's escape from Janjira, he and Ford are airlifted to the Saratoga with Vivienne Graham and Ishiro Serizawa aboard a Monarch helicopter. Unfortunately, Joseph dies before the helicopter reaches the aircraft carrier. Once onboard, Ford learns more about the monster which killed his father, and of Ishiro's knowledge of another mysterious monster. After a day or so, Ford departs for Honolulu aboard another Monarch helicopter, as part of a journey to return to San Francisco. Shortly afterwards, a squadron of U.S.A.F. planes and helicopters lift off from the Saratoga, bound for Hawaii, after they learned of a Russian submarine that was under attack off the coast of Oahu. Afterwards, the Aircraft Carrier follows Godzilla to San Francisco, but stays out at sea to avoid being struck by the MUTOs' Electromagnetic Pulses.
The USS Saratoga took part in a naval battle in 2015 which resulted in the death of Ebirah III. Later, in December 2017, the Saratoga was present during a confrontation between the U.S. Navy and Dagahra in the waters of American Samoa. Dagahra was injured in the battle, but the Saratoga and other U.S. vessels could not pursue him due to the presence of Barem in the water.
- The USS Saratoga's inclusion in Godzilla is almost certainly inspired by Ted Eliott and Terry Rossio's 1994 script for TriStar Pictures' American Godzilla film, which also featured an American aircraft carrier called the USS Saratoga which confronted Godzilla in the Pacific Ocean.
- Two real American aircraft carriers have had the name USS Saratoga, a Lexington-class bearing the code CV-3 commissioned in 1927 and a Forrestal-class bearing the code CV-60 commissioned in 1956. The former was sunk during nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll in 1946.
- The USS Saratoga was depicted onscreen in Godzilla by the USS Nimitz, Ronald Reagan, and Carl Vinson.
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