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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is a nuclear powered aircraft carrier built by the New Newport News Shipbuilding Company. It is featured in the MonsterVerse films Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters andGodzilla vs. Kong.



The USS Saratoga, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier, along with it's group of escort ships was tasked with tracking the male MUTO after it had hatched from it's cocoon and escaped it's containment facility in Janjira, Japan. After receiving reports of a missing Russian Akula class submarine, the Saratoga deployed F/A-18F Super Hornets and F-35 Lighting IIs towards Honolulu in a search for the missing submarine. After the MUTO was found inland feeding on the nuclear payload of the submarine, one of the Saratoga's F-35s was directed to engage the Titan, but was disabled by the MUTO's EMP pulse. As the winged Titan made it's way towards Honolulu international airport, Godzilla appeared, swimming towards the island at top speed. When it appeared that the Titan was going to ram through the carrier, it simply dived underneath it, leaving the ship unscathed.

Later the Saratoga along with two of it's escorts followed Godzilla as it tracked the MUTO's mating calls, but soon lost contact with as it dove to deeper depths.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

At least one carrier was present with a large contingent of US Navy ships at Monarch's Castle Bravo base during Ghidorah's brief reign as the Alpha titan. F/A-18Fs would launch from this ship,

Godzilla vs. Kong

At least two of these ships are part of the fleet tasked with escorting King Kong for the journey from Skull Island to Antarctica. One of the carriers was heavily damaged as both Kong and Godzilla fought on the flight deck, and was later destroyed by Godzilla's atomic breath. The remaining carrier along with the remnants of the escort force and Kong survived only by playing dead, causing Godzilla to leave.


  • The USS Saratoga in the 2014 Godzilla film is a fictional member of the class. The last carrier named USS Saratoga was a Forerstal class conventional powered carrier, which entered service in 1956, retired in 1994, was and scrapped from 2014-2019.

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