Watch a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier conduct a rudder test
Aircraft carriers are by definition huge. Really huge. Since their creations, this type of vessel has played a vital role in the United States’ defense, and have left an impact around the world. With the passage of time and every technological advance, these ships have gotten better but understandably bigger. These ships use a rudder, which is a primary control surface used to steer a ship, boat, submarine, hovercraft, aircraft, or other conveyance that moves through a fluid medium (generally air or water).
Because of the uncertain nature of war itself, and any possible situation that on which ships may need to turn or change directions, something called a rudder test was created, to check the rudder swing in port and starboard directions, its maximum movement. To do this with a small vessel should not be a real issue, but when it comes to a giant such a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, the story is completely different.
This extraordinarily rare vision of an aircraft carrier conducting this type of action was captured during sea trials to train sailors and to ensure the operational capability of systems and equipment. It’s not much compared to small ships, but huge for a carrier.
Check out the extreme rudder test below:
There are ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the service of the United States Navy with the first being the USS Nimitz, named after World War II United States Pacific Fleet commander Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the U.S. Navy’s last fleet admiral.
Nimitz-class supercarriers have participated in multiple conflicts all over the world and operated in many different parts of the world, including during the Gulf War, and in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nimitz-class carriers have an overall length of 1,092 ft and were ordered to replace the Kitty Hawk-class carriers and the Enterprise-class carriers after they were decommissioned.
Nimitz-class carriers were designed to have a 50-year service life and are replaced after decommissioning. Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers are expected to replace older vessels after they are decommissioned.