Launched on 13 May 1972, the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) serves as the lead ship of the U.S. Navy's current and largest class of aircraft carriers and battle group (until the USS Gerald R. Ford succeeds as the next wave).
Named in honor of the legendary Navy Fleet Admiral, Chester W. Nimitz, this massive ship measures more than 18 stories high from keel to masthead and has a total length of 1,092 feet. Carrying a full compliment of 5,800 officers and crew and 85 combat aircraft, its enormous 4.5 acre flight deck serves as the launching pad for the supersonic jets of Carrier Air Wing 11. A vital component of America's military arsenal, the USS Nimitz recently provided critical support to aid Operation Iraqi Freedom, launching more than 6,500 air combat missions from her decks.
This coin salutes the outstanding dedication and steady commitment of all those who serve aboard the USS Nimitz. The obverse features a rendering of Admiral Nimitz depicted above the ship named in his honor. The reverse bears the ship's distinctive five-star emblem.