21 photos that show just how imposing US aircraft carriers are

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21 photos that show just how imposing US aircraft carriers are

An aircraft director guides an F/A-18C Hornet onto a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy

The USS Nimitz conducts an aerial demonstration.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aiyana S. Paschal/ Released

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Strait of Hormuz.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin

Sailors scrub down the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy

Sailors man the rails of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while departing Naval Base Coronado (NBC).

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy

PCU Gerald R. Ford is floated for the first time.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua J. Wahl/Released

Blue Angels fly over USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic ocean.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren/Released

USS John C. Stennis conducts flight operations.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Martino/Released

Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) enters Pearl Harbor.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released

USS Carl Vinson is underway in the Arabian Gulf.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex King/Released

Sailors observe as the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis sails alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

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The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), center-right, leads the George Washington Carrier Strike Group.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan transports Sailors’ vehicles.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart/RELEASED

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs San Francisco.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Pete Lee/Released

USS Harry S. Truman performs swing checks.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy

F/A-18 Hornets demonstrate air power over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Strait of Hormuz.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy

USS Enterprise is underway with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group in the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Harry Andrew D. Gordon/Released

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released

USS Abraham Lincoln and USS John C. Stennis join for a turnover of responsibility in the Arabian Sea.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric S. Powell/Released

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Aircraft carriers are the cornerstone of America's naval capabilities. They're able to project air power anywhere in the world without having to depend on local bases. And they are truly massive.

Spanning 1,092 feet long -- three times the length of a football field -- Nimitz-class warships like the USS George H.W. Bush are the largest aircraft carriers.

See the gallery above for a selection of pictures showing how massive America's aircraft carriers are.

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