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The pride of the American fleet. The most sophisticated warship ever built, equipped with devastating fire power. The USS Nimitz - the world's biggest aircraft carrier. She owes her success to a century of innovation in shipbuilding. There have been seven key stages in the development of the aircraft carrier design, and seven key carriers. At the heart of each vessel lies a major technological advance that allowed them to increase in size... USS North Carolina - 16000 tonnes, HMS Ark Royal - 28000 tonnes, USS Hornet - 34000 tonnes, USS Midway - 61000 tonnes, USS Forrestal - 81000 tonnes, USS Enterprise - 91000 tonnes, and USS Nimitz - 99000 tonnes!