Two US Navy nuclear carriers will be decommissioned by the service, and two Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships will be offered for sale to other forces.
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower will retire in 2027, a year after the USS Nimitz departs active duty. The two aircraft carriers set for destruction have contributed significantly to military battles over the years.
The 1975-commissioned USS Nimitz (CVN-68), now 48 years old, was designed with a 50-year service life in mind.
A warship with a length of 1,092 feet, a beam of 252 feet, and a displacement of 100,020 tons, the Nimitz is among the biggest in the world.
It has a staff of roughly 6,000 people and a capacity to transport up to 90 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Two Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors provide the ship a speed of over 30 knots and an endless range.
Radars, electronic warfare systems, Sea Sparrow and Rolling Airframe missiles, Phalanx close-in weapons systems, and.50-caliber machine guns are just a few of the sensors and weaponry it is equipped with.
Deactivating US Navy Nuclear Carriers
After its final deployment, the Nimitz will set sail for a Virginia port to start the difficult deactivation procedure, which entails extracting nuclear fuel.
The USS Enterprise, a former nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, has been going through a protracted deactivation process.
Both the Enterprise and the Nimitz are sizable, tough ships with modest concentrations of several hazardous substances.
The method of deactivation will, however, take into account the fact that they are of quite different designs, according to Jamie Koehler, a spokesperson for the Naval Sea Systems Command, who talked to Breaking Defense.
The USS Eisenhower, which was launched in 1977, has a crew of roughly 6,000 people and has the capacity to transport up to 90 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.