The APNS Lexington (CV-59) underway in 1987. Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6) are visible on deck.

The Grear-class aircraft carriers were a four-ship class designed and built for the American People's Navy in the 1950s. It was the first class of so-called supercarriers in the APN, combining high tonnage, deck-edge elevators and an angled deck. The first ship was commissioned in 1955, the last decommissioned in 1998.

The Grear-class are the OTL Forrestal-class supercarriers.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Supercarrier
  • Service Period: 1955-1998
  • Characteristics:
    • Length (Overall): 1,068 feet (325.53 meters)
    • Length (Waterline): 990 feet (301.75 meters)
    • Beam (Overall): 253 feet (77.11 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 130 feet (39.62 meters)
    • Draft: 37 feet (11.28 meters)
    • Displacement: 59,300 tons (Standard); 80,987 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 5,066
  • Propulsion: 8 x boilers, 4 x geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 280,000 shp
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
  • Speed: 33.75 knots (62.51 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-48E 3D Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2D Air Search Radar
    • Mk.23 Target Acquisition Radar
    • AN/SPN-46 Air Traffic Control Radar x 2
    • AN/SPN-43A/C Air Traffic Control Radar
    • AN/SPN-41 Landing Aid Radar
    • Mk.93 Sea Sparrow Guidance System x 4
    • Mk.95 Radar x 4
  • Countermeasures:
    • AN/SLQ-25A Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures Suite
    • AN/SLQ-32(V)4 Electronic Suite
    • Mk.36 SBROC
  • Armament:
    • 3 x 8-cell Mk.29 missile launchers (fires RIM-7 Sea Sparrow SAMs)
    • 4 x 20mm CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 80-90 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters
  • Aviation Facilities: 1068x253 ft angled flight deck, 4 x C13 steam catapults, 4 x arrestor wires, 4 x deck-edge elevators, hangar

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

  • APNS Grear (CV-58)
  • APNS Lexington (CV-59)
  • APNS Sentinel (CV-60)
  • APNS Freedom (CV-61)
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