Extreme Rudder Test at an Aircraft carrier 2

Extreme rudder test.  U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier makes high-speed super-tight turn…

This extraordinarily rare vision of an aircraft carrier conducting this type of action was captured during sea trials to train sailors and to ensure the operational capability of systems and equipment.



According to J.D. Levite — an ex-US Navy sailor who spent nine years on one of these carriers — “it’s like a car skid, they ramp the carrier up to full power and then push the rudder to make it turn. That sort of turn usually results in a 10-15 degree list. It’s not much compared to small ships that’ll list 40-50 degrees, but huge for a carrier.”