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21 photos that show just how imposing US aircraft carriers are

Jeremy Berke
US navy aircraft carrier san francisco

Aircraft carrier are the cornerstone of America's naval capabilities. They're able to project air power anywhere in the world, without having to depend on local bases.

And they are truly massive.

Spanning 1,092 feet long (three times the length of a football field), Nimitz-class warships like the USS George H.W. Bush are the largest aircraft carriers.

See below for a selection of pictures showing how massive America's aircraft carriers are:

USS Nimitz conducts an aerial demonstration.

An aircraft director guides an F/A-18C Hornet onto a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Strait of Hormuz.

Sailors scrub down the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Sailors man the rails of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while departing Naval Base Coronado (NBC).

USS George H.W. Bush is underway.

PCU Gerald R. Ford is floated for the first time.

Blue Angels fly over USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic ocean.

USS John C. Stennis conducts flight operations.

Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) enters Pearl Harbour.

USS Carl Vinson is underway in the Arabian Gulf.

Sailors observe as the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis sails alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), center-right, leads the George Washington Carrier Strike Group.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan transports Sailors' vehicles.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs San Francisco.

F/A-18 Hornets demonstrate air power over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Strait of Hormuz.

USS Enterprise is underway with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam.

USS Abraham Lincoln and USS John C. Stennis join for a turnover of responsibility in the Arabian Sea.