(NEW YORK) — This Week Co-Anchor and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, Martha Raddatz, went on board the USS Harry S. Truman, the Navy’s 9th nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, currently located in the Persian Gulf.
Her visit to the massive carrier, which entered the Gulf in December, gave ABC News an exclusive close-up look at the ship that plays such a key role in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The USS Truman has launched over 5,000 aircraft sorties, totaling nearly 13,000 flight hours.
There are more than 70 aircraft that operate off the carrier with the majority being F-18 fighter jets.
The ship’s deployment began on November 16 and is expected to last seven months.
The crew of approximately 5,000 sailors has already traveled nearly 25,000 nautical miles.
Coming in at 1,096 feet, the USS Truman is as long as the Empire State Building is tall. The area of the flight deck alone is 4.5 acres.
The ship weighs 95,000 tons. When operating at top speed, it can exceed 30 knots, or a little over 34 miles per hour.
The USS Truman was commissioned in 1998 and had its maiden deployment on November 28, 2000.
It’s home port is Norfolk, Virginia, approximately 200 miles south of Washington, D.C.
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