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1Title:  USS Nimitz in drydock Add
 Summary:  The USS Nimitz in drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Two of the Nimitz's four screws are shown. The Nimitz was the second nuclear-powered carrier to be commissioned by the United States Navy. Due primarily to cost concerns, there was more than a six year gap between the commissioning of the USS Enterprise, powered by eight A2W reactors, and the keel-laying of the Nimitz, which is powered by two A4W reactors. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=96870 
 Reference:  Hewlett, Richard G., and Francis Duncan. Nuclear Navy, 1946-1962. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974, page 376. 
 Date:  20 December 2010 
 Subject(s):  A4W | USS Nimitz (CVN-68) | Naval Reactors 
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2Title:  The USS George Bush underway Add
 Summary:  The USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. The George Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz-class carrier. She is powered by two A4W reactor plants. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=95333 
 Date:  13 December 2010 
 Subject(s):  A4W | USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) | Naval Reactors 
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3Title:  The Eisenhower (CVN-69), second Nimitz-class carrier Add
 Summary:  The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) being guided to its berth at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The Eisenhower is the second Nimitz-class carrier and is powered by two A4W reactors. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=91454 
 Date:  08 September 2010 
 Subject(s):  A4W | USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) | Naval Reactors 
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4Title:  USS Nimitz arrives at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Add
 Summary:  The USS Nimitz, the second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, being guided into drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shpyard. The Nimitz was funded in the 1967 shipbuilding program, nearly a decade after construction began on the USS Enterprise. The Nimitz is powered by two A4W reactor plants. This required the development of a reactor plant with a significantly higher power rating than that of the Enterprise's eight A2W plants. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=95605 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 136-150. 
 Date:  16 December 2010 
 Subject(s):  A4W | USS Nimitz (CVN-68) | Naval Reactors 
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5Title:  USS Abraham Lincoln being replenished at sea Add
 Summary:  The USS Abraham Lincoln in an underway replenishment with the USNS Guadalupe (center) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (left). The Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and was constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=107850 
 Date:  26 September 2011 
 Subject(s):  A4W | USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) | Naval Reactors 
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6Title:  The Enterprise and the USS George H.W. Bush Add
 Summary:  The oldest and newest nuclear-powered carriers (Enterprise/left, George H.W. Bush/right) docked at Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=94745 
 Date:  30 November 2010 
 Subject(s):  A2W | A4W | USS Enterprise (CVN-65) | USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) | Naval Reactors 
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7Title:  USS Enterprise and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2011 Add
 Summary:  The USS Enterprise (foreground) and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower off the Virginia coast, as Enterprise returns from a six-month deployment. The Enterprise was deactivated in 2013. The Nimitz-class carrier Eisenhower, powered by two A4W reactors, was commissioned in 1977, 16 years after the Enterprise entered service. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=104147 
 Date:  14 July 2011 
 Subject(s):  A2W | A4W | USS Enterprise (CVN-65) | USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) | Naval Reactors 
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8Title:  The USS Nimitz underway, with nuclear-powered escorts Add
 Summary:  The USS Nimitz at sea, escorted by the nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers USS South Carolina (top) and USS California. The Nimitz was commissioned on 3 May 1975 and is powered by two A4W reactor plants co-designed by the Knolls and Bettis atomic power laboratories. The nearly fourteen year delay between the commissionings of the Enterprise and Nimitz was, in large part, the product of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's refusal to accept a four reactor plant carrier, and the severe design challenges of powering an aircraft carrier (including propulsion and catapults) using two reactor plants. 
 Source:  http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/68.htm 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover: The Struggle for Excellence. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 2001, pages 174-187. 
 Date:   1976 
 Subject(s):  A4W | D2G | USS Nimitz (CVN-68) | USS South Carolina (CGN-37) | USS California (CGN-36) | Naval Reactors 
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