John S Smith (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
22" x 15" (560mm x 380mm)Date:
Signed by Artist bottom rightThis is the Signed original Gouache painting by John S Smith.
The Flying Sailors: (Main picture) USS Nimitz; (inset) the Russian carriers Moskva and Kiev (top) and USS Tripoli (bottom). This is the original artwork from Look and Learn no. 1026 (7 November 1981).
USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is a supercarrier in the United States Navy, the lead ship of its class. She is one of the largest warships in the world. She was laid down, launched and commissioned as CVAN-68, but was redesignated CVN-68 (nuclear-powered multi-mission aircraft carrier) on 30 June 1975 as part of the fleet realignment of that year.
The ship was named for Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who commanded the Pacific fleet in World War II and was the Navy's last five-star admiral. Unlike all subsequent Nimitz class carriers, Nimitz only uses its namesake's surname. Nimitz has been based at Naval Station Norfolk, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from 1987 until her nuclear reactor refuelling in 1998 in Newport News, Virginia, and is currently homeported at NAS North Island.