After Joe 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 died before the helicopter reached the aircraft carrier. Once onboard, Ford learned more about the monster which killed his father, and of Ishiro's knowledge of another mysterious monster. After a day or so, Ford departed for Honolulu aboard another Monarch helicopter, as part of a journey to return to San Francisco. Shortly afterwards, a squadron of USAF planes and helicopters lifted 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 followed Godzilla to San Francisco, but stayed 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.
On August 15, 2048, the USS Saratoga was used to transport Mothra's eggs to Japan to protect future generations of humanity during "Operation: Cradle." Godzilla attacked the vessel in the Pacific Ocean. Mothra fought him once again to defend her eggs and humanity.
- 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, while the latter appears in Ted Eliott and Terry Rossio's 1994 script for TriStar Pictures' American Godzilla film.
- The USS Saratoga was depicted onscreen in Godzilla by the USS Nimitz, Ronald Reagan, and Carl Vinson.
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