INTERIM TECHNICAL GUIDANCE -
FACILITIES HOMEPORTING CRITERIA
NIMITZ CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
3 November 1998
SECTION 1 Command Issues
a. This document provides minimum facility planning and design criteria for efficient
homeport operations of active Nimitz class aircraft carriers. Existing ports, facilities, and berths
may not meet all criteria and may, therefore, perform less efficiently, but do not necessarily
b. Piers and wharves at Homeports may be grouped into 3 categories:
Type I Fueling and Ammunition
Type II General Purpose
Type III - Repair
The requirements are different for each type. This document focuses on the entire
homeport operation. The ship will visit fueling and ammunition piers for short periods, but
generally berth at general purpose berthing piers. Every 18 months the carrier will undergo a 6-
month "Planned Incremental Availability (PIA)" at the repair berth. Ships in dry dock, at liberty
ports, and in inactive status require specialized criteria that NAVFAC will provide as requested.
c. This document supplements basic criteria contained in the following documents:
Military Handbook 1025/1, "Piers and Wharves,"
Military Handbook 1025/2, "Dockside Utilities for Ship Service"
Military Handbook 1025/6, "General Criteria for Waterfront Construction"
Military Handbook 1026/4, "Mooring Design" (Draft)
DM 26.1, "Harbors"
NAVFAC P-80, "Facility Planning Criteria"
Minimum Personnel and Support Facilities and Services
Contact local NAVFAC representative for specific facilities and services required for each
site such as police, fire, medical, MWR, administrative, housing, and family services.