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DORIS MILLER (CVN-81)


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Specifications
General Characteristics
(As of December 2005)
Displacement: approximately 100,000 long tons (approximately 101,600 metric tons) full load
Dimensions: 1,092' x 134' (flight deck, 256')  /  332.8 x 40.8 (flight deck, 78) meters
Power plant: 2 nuclear reactors; 4 shafts
Speed: 30+ knots
Armament: Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile; Rolling Airframe Missile; CIWS
Aircraft: 75+
Crew: 4,660 (ship, air wing and staff)


Operational and Building Data

The Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding a contract for two aircraft carriers, CVN-80 and CVN-81, the first of its kind since the 1980s. The company announced, 31 January 2019, that it received a contract modification valued at $15.2 billion for the detail design and construction of these two ships. (Read "Navy Awards Contract for Construction of Two Carriers", at the Navy website.)

(Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress, 21 January 2020.)

CVN-81 will replace USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) upon entering the fleet. As of October 2020, Doris Miller was scheduled for delivery to the Navy in February 2032.


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Namesake
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CVN-81 is the second US warship named after Cook Third Class Doris Miller, USN, who was killed in action in November 1943.

Doris ("Dorie") Miller, USN, was born in Waco, Texas, on 12 October 1919. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1939 as a Mess Attendant Third Class. On 7 December 1941, while serving aboard USS West Virginia (BB-48), he distinguished himself by courageous conduct and devotion to duty during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on this occasion. (This Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, #80-G-408456, shows Mess Attendant Second Class Miller just after being presented with the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, aboard USS Enterprise (CV-6) at Pearl Harbor, 27 May 1942.)

Doris Miller served aboard USS Indianapolis (CA-35) from December 1941 to May 1943. He was then assigned to the new escort carrier USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56). Cook Third Class Miller was lost with that ship when she was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-175 on 24 November 1943, during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.

NS0602109104: Destroyer escort, later frigate, USS Miller (DE-1091, later FF-1091), commissioned in 1973 and decommissioned in 1991, was named after him.

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ADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, pins the Navy Cross on SC2/c Doris Miller. Other awards and commendation letters were also given by the admiral.

Naval History & Heritage Command (NH&HC) photo, # NH 62656.

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Artwork by Charles H. Alston, on Doris Miller, Elvin Bell, and Charles J. French, for their heroism during World War II.

Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), image # 208-COM-226.

Doris Miller was awarded the Navy Cross:

"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Mess Attendant First Class Doris Miller (NSN: 3561235), United States Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. While at the side of his Captain on the bridge of the battleship U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA, Mess Attendant First Class Doris Miller, despite enemy strafing and bombing and in the face of a serious fire, assisted in moving his Captain, who had been mortally wounded, to a place of greater safety, and later manned and operated a machine gun directed at enemy Japanese attacking aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge. The conduct of Mess Attendant First Class Miller throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Elvin Bell was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal:

"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Machinist's Apprentice Third Class Elvin Bell (NSN: 6460419), United States Navy, for heroism involving voluntary risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy, while serving aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), on 8 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Machinist's Apprentice Third Class Bell voluntarily joined a repair party fighting fire in an area frequented by violent explosions of gasoline vapor and ammunition and, although emerging in an exhausted condition, unhesitatingly entered the most dangerous section of the stricken carrier and assisted in removing injured personnel who had been trapped below decks. His courage and utter disregard for his own safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Charles Jackson French received a Letter of Commendation from ADM William F. Halsey, Jr., at the time Commander, South Pacific Area:

"For meritorious conduct in action while serving on board of a destroyer transport [USS GREGORY (APD-3)] which was badly damaged during the engagement with Japanese forces in the British Solomon Islands on September 5, 1942. After the engagement, a group of about fifteen men were adrift on a raft, which was being deliberately shelled by Japanese naval forces. French tied a line to himself and swam for more than two hours without rest, thus attempting to tow the raft. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service."

(See The Story of Charles Jackson French, by Bruce Wigo, for further information.)
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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly delivers remarks during the unveiling of the new Ford-class aircraft carrier Doris Miller (CVN-81) at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 20 January 2020. This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller and the first aircraft carrier named for an African-American and an enlisted Sailor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Justin R. Pacheco (# 200120-N-NU281-1265).

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Family members of late Ship's Cook 3rd Class Doris Miller unveil a plaque commemorating the future Navy ship, the Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Doris Miller (CVN‑81), at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 20 January 2020. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin R. Pacheco (# 200120-N-NU281-1208).

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ADM John C. Aquilino, front, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly depart the stage following the unveiling of the new Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, the future USS Doris Miller (CVN-81), at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Justin R. Pacheco (# 200120-N-NU281-1277).

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