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NIMITZ-CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER World's Largest Warships Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was one of the most brilliant Navy tacticians and strategists in history – a major factor in U.S. victory in the Pacific theater during WWII. In his honor, the Navy launched the USS. Nimitz. Nine other Nimitz-Class carriers followed that launch, eventually replacing the world's first class of nuclear carriers, the Enterprise class. For over 40 years, these gigantic ships have been the world's most dominant and capable warships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren/Released)

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FILE - This undated file photo shows Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, commander of U.S. Naval forces in the Pacific during World War II, sitting on a desk in an unknown location. The U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., released a trove of World War II information by posting online Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, the operational diary kept by Adm. Nimitz during the war against Japan. The more than 4,000 pages includes a running estimate of the situation for every day of the war in the Pacific compiled by Nimitz's planning staff, starting with the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. (AP Photo, File)