Phuketwan's team is among the media who are being ferried today to the nuclear-powered vessel, home to more than 3000 sailors and with the ability to create holes in all the right places in the event of war.
It's been a Massive May so far, with a massive power blackout on Phuket, a massive storm off Krabi . . . and now the arrival of the massive American floating city, the Nimitz.
Look for additional photos and interviews as we tour the ship, talking to crew as we go. We'll be updating the album and text every few minutes.
9.25am the Phuket deep sea port actually looks quite impressive this morning, with a cruise ship at the dock and tourists emerging asking ''Is this Bali?''
Actually, for once the Phuket taxis seem quite orderly and there's no sign of a blockade. We're on our way out to the Nimitz any minute now . . .
9.35am Wow, what a sight it is. There are about 50 people in the party from Phuket, and the Nimitz just seems to grow bigger, the closer we get. Slowly, the aircraft on the deck come into sight. It's hard to convey how . . . massive . . . this vessel really is.
9.46am We are on the open deck right now, looking around at a war machine at peace. The Phuket sun is shining, life couldn't be better with Phuket so close and inviting . . . our briefing with the commander is coming right up.
9.48am Commander Rear Admiral Michael S. White tells us they've been busy off the South Korea coast for the past two-and-a-half months. He doesn't say so, but the news has told us they've been playing war games . . . with North Korea, in a fashion.
He says they're ''taking a break after patrol.'' Of the 5000 crew, 400 are women. So many of the old ideas about sailors and their attitudes and approaches are changing. Looking around, the crew seem very young.
10.01am Up on deck, Flight Director Aircraft Director Emanuel tells us, there are 56 aircraft with another 12 being housed below. The planes look immaculately maintained. Everything about the Nimitz seems sparkling clean.
10.15am We're getting the chance now to chat to some crew and get their perspective on live on the Nimitz.
10.26 Now we are on the bridge, where the captain keeps an eye on the radar and makes sure the speed and course is appropriate. Amazing to think that one man has control of an aircraft carrying several hundred passengers. A ship this size, with 5000 people on board . . . that's some responsibility.