Details are sketchy, but a Canadian Navy spokesperson has confirmed the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier — one of the largest vessels of any kind on the seas today — will be visiting the waters around Nanoose Bay this week.
Powered by two nuclear reactors, the Nimitz was first commissioned in 1975 and is named for the late U.S. navy Admiral Chester Nimitz. The aircraft carrier is more than 330 metres long (1,092 feet), weighs more than 100,000 tonnes and can travel at a speed of 31.5 knots (58 km-h). (Source: Wikipedia).
The Canadian Navy spokesperson could not confirm the exact times or location for the carrier’s movements, but he did say he expected the vessel would be in the waters around Nanoose Bay’s experimental test range some time between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. today (Tuesday). The spokesman also said the Nimitz would not overnight here, but rather travel to nearby U.S. waters and possibly return on Wednesday.
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— NEWS Staff