The U.S. Navy has a long history of producing ships that are incredibly long. And from the Top 15 longest ships of the U.S Navy, here’s what we know:
- USS Enterprise – Aircraft Carrier measuring 342 m (1,123 ft)
- Gerald R. Ford class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 337 m (1,106 ft)
- Nimitz class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 333 m (1,092 ft)
- Kitty Hawk class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 327 m (1,073 ft)
- Forrestal class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 325 m (1,066 ft)
- USS John F. Kennedy – Aircraft Carrier measuring 320 m (1,052 ft)
- Midway class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 306 m (1,033 ft)
- Lexington class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 270 m (888 ft)
- Iowa class – Battleship measuring 270 m (888 ft)
- Essex class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 265.8 m (872 ft)
- America class – Amphibious Assault Ship measuring 257 m (844 ft)
- Wasp class – Amphibious Assault Ship measuring 257 m (844 ft)
- Yorktown class – Aircraft Carrier measuring 251 m (823.50 ft)
- Tarawa class – Amphibious Assault Ship measuring 250 m (820 ft)
- Alaska class – Large Cruiser measuring 246 m (807 ft)
The longest ship the U.S. Navy ever operated was the USS Enterprise, at 342 meters long. According to Naval Technology, it is the largest active warship globally since its launch in 1960. Additionally, we can also compare its length to about three times as long as an NFL Football field, according to themeasureofthings.com.
Following the USS Enterprise would be the Gerald R. Ford class, the Nimitz class, and four more ships with a length of above 300 meters long.
After that, we’ll have the Lexington Class, the Iowa Class, and five more ships measuring above 250 meters long before reaching the Alaska Class, the shortest ship on the list. According to the National WW2 Museum, the Alaska Class are large cruisers commissioned by the U.S. Navy during the second world war. It has a length of 246 meters, which is equivalent to two-and-a-half times as long as the height of Big Ben, as per themeasureofthings.com.
Additionally, ten out of the 15 ships in this list are Aircraft Carriers, while the other five ships are divided between one Battleship, three Amphibious Assault Ships, and one Large Cruiser.
Lastly, many of these ships have also participated in significant World War 2 events, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. One notable ship during these events is the 251 meter-long USS Yorktown, which played an essential role in the Battle of Midway in June of 1942, as per naval-encyclopedia.com. Another is the 270 meter-long USS Lexington, which participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May of 1942, according to history.com.
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