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PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 15, 2015) The U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Philippine Sea. Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 15, 2015) The U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Philippine Sea. Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

#ArmyNavy Game: Our Navy’s Aircraft Carriers and USNA’s Quarterback

When our midshipmen take on West Point’s cadets in the 116th Army-Navy Game, the mids will be wearing uniforms that pay homage to seven types of our ships – detailed on seven hand-painted helmets that each player will wear, assigned by position.

As we countdown towards our 14th consecutive victory against Army, we’re sharing how these ships and their Sailors protect and defend America.

So far, we’ve highlighted our submarines (wide receivers); littoral combat ships (running backs), amphibious assault ships (linemen), destroyers (defensive backs), cruisers (linebackers), and mine countermeasures ships (special teams) . Today, we conclude with the quarterback’s aircraft carrier helmets.

Navy Football Aircraft Carrier Helmets

The QB of the Naval Fleet, the aircraft carrier is the ultimate decision maker; the “quick strike” weapon of the Naval fleet.

Aircraft carriers are the centerpiece of America’s naval forces. On any given day, aircraft carriers exercise the Navy’s core capabilities of power projection, forward presence, humanitarian assistance, deterrence, sea control and maritime security. In times of crisis, the first question leaders ask is: “Where are the carriers?”

Ten ships of the Nimitz-class make up the Navy’s fleet of commissioned aircraft carriers and will be replaced by the Gerald R. Ford-class. These commissioned carriers, and Gerald R. Ford-class (under construction) are each designed for a service life of approximately 50 years with one mid-life refueling.

Nimitz-class

  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
  • USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
  • USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73)
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
  • USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)

Gerald R. Ford-class

  • PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
  • PCU John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)
  • PCU Enterprise (CVN 80)

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2015) An infographic depicting the composition of an aircraft carrier strike group. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Austin Rooney/Released)
WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2015) An infographic depicting the composition of an aircraft carrier strike group. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Austin Rooney/Released)

Learn more about our aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy Fact File and Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds in this All Hands Magazine article.

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