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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Enterprise, nicknamed the Big 'E', was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier when it was commissioned November 25, 1961. At the time, the Enterprise was also the longest ship in the world, at more than 1,100 feet.


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Woo-hoo, local story. Never did any time on the Enterprise. She's got a unique look compared to the newer carriers. I imagine the original 8 reactors were a bear to keep manning for.


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I did my Day CQ in a TA-4J on the Enterprise back in '89, she was only 28 years young but was showing her age even then, compared to the new Ford class she probably looks like a Model T.

I was reading somewhere that because of the problems the Navy was encountering in decommissioning the reactors on the Enterprise that the new reactors on the Ford class are designed to be much easier to remove and dispose of fifty+ years from now.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-08 01:26 PM | Reply

Why decommission it? Just send it to the capital of NK or Iran and initiate the self-destruct sequence. As the ancient prophesies have foretold, the destruction of the USS Enterprise will summon the Klingon fleet.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-08 01:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

I never thought I would say this in my life, but Bored is right.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-08-08 02:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#1 I heard some crap on the grapevine that Enterprise originally has eight nuclear reactors, and after awhile they scrapped them and replaced them with two big ones. Is that true? I mean, you hear all kinds of things....

Also, it sounds really expensive to do that.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-08-08 02:18 PM | Reply

-- I heard some crap on the grapevine that Enterprise originally has eight nuclear reactors

Not to mention the warp drives.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-08-08 02:20 PM | Reply

I'm pretty sure the Klingons are excited about this.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-08-08 02:20 PM | Reply

Sell it to China. We get a billion or so and they get new floating "entertainment center/casino".

Win win.

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-08-08 02:32 PM | Reply

new floating "entertainment center/casino"... or brothel.

Either way everyone will make money.

#8 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-08-08 02:34 PM | Reply


Even better idea, sell it to Steve Wynn let him turn it into a floating entertainment complex. Help a republican donor, keep the tech out of China's hands, and everyone still makes money.

#9 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-08-08 02:58 PM | Reply

That's 10% of the price of the new one... no big.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-08-08 10:43 PM | Reply

John McCain can get rid of an aircraft carrier for a lot less than $1.5 billion.

#11 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-08-09 07:51 AM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

Dismantling on the East Coast and storing scraps on the West Coast at Hanford, a poorly designed gravy train for three very large Government Contractors who haven't completed anything at the site in forty years.

The Nuclear Power Industry has never been able to do anything on budget, although the Navy has a better record than the private sector. When you consider the half life of their waste products, it is rational to expect decommissioning will cost more than construction and operation. But it must continue so that we can have the most and biggest bombs. Budget constraints apply only to the general welfare of ordinary citizens, never to those with the right political connections.

#12 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-08-09 08:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

What a pretty boat! Where can I get one? Oh, this is for sale? How much...
--Betsy "Ahoy Poloi" DeVos

#13 | Posted by catdog at 2018-08-09 09:49 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Save $1.5 Billion. Remove the nuclear fuel rods. Tow it to a deep spot. Open all the water tight doors. Poke a couple holes in the bottom and let gravity and water do the rest. Offer the republicans in Congress a discount one way cruise.

#14 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-08-09 11:15 AM | Reply

Did some work back in 1980 on it while going thru slep program. I was surprised at what a rust bucket it was then.

#15 | Posted by patron at 2018-08-09 11:41 AM | Reply

@#14 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-08-09 11:15 AM
Nuclear fuel is not in rods. The rods you hear about are control rods. Neutron absorbing and designed to not undergo fission on their own part.
What you're describing is similar to what happened to the
USS America.

#16 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-08-09 12:05 PM | Reply

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