Illustration for article titled Heres a tiny fraction of the power of the mightiest navy in the world

Here's the nuclear aircraft supercarrier USS Nimitz—the lead ship of its class—exhibiting a tiny fraction of its air power in a December 7 photograph taken over the Pacific Ocean.

The US Navy has ten more of these nuclear titans, plus another ten carriers for amphibious assault.


And then, here's a brief list of the squadrons flying from the Nimitz.

Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154) "Black Knights" with F/A-18F Super Hornets

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) "Death Rattlers" with F/A-18C Hornets

Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146) "Blue Diamonds" with F/A-18C Hornets

Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) "Argonauts" with F/A-18E Super Hornets

Electronic Attack Squadron 142 (VAQ-142) "Gray Wolves" with EA-6B Prowlers

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 (VAW-117) "Wallbangers" with E-2C Hawkeyes

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 (HSC-6) "Screamin' Indians" with MH-60S

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 (HSM-75) "Wolf Pack" with MH-60R[5]

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Detachment 3 (VRC-30) "Providers" with C-2A Greyhounds

That's a lot of air power.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aiyana S. Paschal

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