The old Ark Royal (R09) served from 1955 until 1978 and during her final decade carried FG1 Phantom fighters and Buccaneer long range strike aircraft capable of delivering tactical nuclear weapons. She gave potential enemies sound reason for prudence and diplomacy rather than military gambles. Here Gannet AEW aircraft are parked across the stern, five FG1 Phantoms along the flight deck and some Buccaneers on the bow.
Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, VA. It is uncommon for this many Nuclear Aircraft Carriers (5) to all be in port at one time. The USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), returned to port on July 2, 1997, joining the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69).