REACTOR DEPARTMENT 

Reactor department is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the ship's two nuclear reactors and four steam driven main engines. Utilizing state of the art equipment, twin nuclear reactor plants and the top operators in the fleet, Reactor Department provides the means to propel the ship from the shores of the United States to any point in the world. Along the way, the department generates and regulates all electrical power utilized throughout the ship and provides the water necessary for washing aircraft, showers, laundry, cooking and many other daily tasks. Reactor Department is manned by a combination of nuclear and conventionally-trained Sailors from four ratings: Electrician's Mates; Electronic Technicians; Machinist's Mates; and Enginemen.​