The nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Nimitz is the oldest carrier in the US fleet. Commissioned in 1975, CVN-68 is named after famed navy admiral Chester Nimitz and has been at the front line of many naval operations in its 40+ years of service. Nimitzs design and development, construction, sea trials, commissioning, and first cruise are presented in concise, detailed text. Also covered are all of the ships systems, including electronics, defensive/offensive armament, command and control, and aircraft launching and recovery. Nimitzs military campaignsincluding the Gulf of Sidra Incident, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedomare also covered in detail, including their results. The book concludes with its latest operational deployment, Operation Inherent Resolve, and the ships current status. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.