WATCH: USS George HW Bush arrives in the Solent

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The American supercarrier USS George HW Bush dropped anchor in the Solent this morning.

The 100,000 tonne ship is on a visit to the area for the next few days.

USS George HW Bush in the Solent today
Picture: Malcolm Wells

USS George HW Bush in the Solent today Picture: Malcolm Wells

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15 things you might not know about the ship

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A force of about 5,000 US sailors and air crew staff the 1,092ft-long carrier, which is on a deployment across Europe and the Middle East.
Armed with 90 aircraft, the Nimitz-class supercarrier is one of America’s most potent military weapons at sea.
Her arrival comes just weeks ahead of the Royal Navy’s own supercarrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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The warship is named after the 41st president of the US.
She is the tenth and final Nimitz-class ship, having been commissioned in 2009.