(Note: drawing contains some parts and lower hull details taken from Shipbucket.com)
|Displacement (Standard)||95,700 tons|
|Displacement (Full Load)||110,600 tons|
|Performance||Speed (max)||31 knots|
|Armament||Aircraft (1974)||36 F9U, 24 F4H, 12 A3J, 4 EA3J, 4 W2F, 4 S2F, 4 KW2F|
|Aircraft (1986||36 F13F, 24 F4H, 12 A2U, 12 A3J, 4 EA3J, 4 W2F, 4 S2F, 4 KW2F|
The Ohio class aircraft carriers are a follow-on from the Texas class but feature a new, fuller hull form that gives them greatly increased internal volume but whose extra water resistance costs approximately two knots in top speed. This has been a major cause of criticism throughout the ship's careers to date. They have a greatly improved and much more elaborate electronics outfit compared with the Texas class. Eight ships of this class were built, all remain in service following major overhauls in the 1990s. They are expected to serve for at least 50 years although the last three ships may be replaced before that time.
This class of carriers established the even construction rate of one nuclear-powered carrier every year with consequent economies in production costs. However, the last three were delayed by funding reductions during the years of the Carter presidency and these three took two years longer to build than the other five. They were also significantly more costly as a result. Despite this extra cost, they were not as well-built as the first five ships and their mid-life upgrades were significantly more expensive than for the earlier ships. In recent years there has been talk of retiring these three ships early and replacing them with new CVNs.
|CVN-71||Ohio||1969||1969||1972||1974||In service as of 2009|
|CVN-72||Nebraska||1970||1970||1973||1975||In service as of 2009|
|CVN-73||Connecticut||1971||1971||1974||1976||In service as of 2009|
|CVN-74||New York||1972||1972||1975||1977||In service as of 2009|
|CVN-75||California||1973||1973||1976||1979||In service as of 2009|
|CVN-76||Montana||1974||1974||1977||1980||In service as of 2009|
|CVN-77||Florida||1975||1975||1979||1981||In service as of 2009|
|CVN-78||Georgia||1976||1976||1980||1983||In service as of 2009|