21 photos that show just how imposing US aircraft carriers are

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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 below for a selection of pictures showing how massive America's aircraft carriers are:

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U.S. aircraft carriers are seriously huge and imposing

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

(US Navy Photo)

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

(Photo via US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin)

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

(Photo via US Navy)

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

(Photo via US Navy)

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

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren/Released)

The USS John C. Stennis conducts flight operations.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Martino/Released)

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

(US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

The USS Carl Vinson is underway in the Persian Gulf.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex King/Released)

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

(Photo via US Navy)

The USS George Washington (CVN-73) leads the George Washington Carrier Strike Group.

(US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

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

(US Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Pete Lee/Released)

The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) performs a full-power run-and-rudder swing check during sea trials.

(Photo via US Navy)

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

(US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) transiting the Strait of Hormuz.

(US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin/Released)

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

(Photo by US 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.

(US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

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

(US Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric S. Powell/Released)

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