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EXTREME RUDDER TEST: U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier makes high-speed SUPER-TIGHT TURN!

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This video from the Ultimate Military Channel shows the U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier at sea. In an extreme rudder test, it pivots and makes a high-speed, super-tight turn. On board, officers are shown at work on the controls as the ship makes a U, while those on deck watch the proceedings.

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According to the accompanying caption, this extraordinarily rare vision of an aircraft carrier conducting this type of action was captured during sea trials to train sailors and to ensure the operational capability of systems and equipment.

J.D. Levite — an ex-US Navy sailor who spent nine years on one of these carriers — says that “it’s like a car skid, they ramp the carrier up to full power and then push the rudder to make it turn. That sort of turn usually results in a 10-15 degree list. It’s not much compared to small ships that’ll list 40-50 degrees, but huge for a carrier.”

The Nimitz-class supercarriers are a category of ten nuclear-powered aircraft carriers actively serving in the United States Navy. The lead ship of the fleet is named after the World War II US Pacific Fleet commander, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Navy’s last fleet admiral.

These aircraft carriers are the largest warships ever built, and also the largest currently in service. The carriers use two pressurized water reactors instead of gas turbines or diesel-electric systems. They can run at a maximum speed of 30 knots and a maximum power of 260,000 shp. Because they use nuclear power, these ships can operate for more than 20 years without having to refuel, and are expected to have a service life of more than 50 years. They are numbered with consecutive hull numbers from CVN-68 to CVN-77. Nimitz-class ships can carry companies of up to 3,200 and an air wing of 2,480.

They are set to be usurped in size by the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers soon.

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