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Saturday, May 04, 2019

It may take more than 15 years for workers to completely scrap the now-decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, but the Navy is already recycling parts and raw materials from the ship. Components from "Big E" are already on certain Nimitz-class carriers and more could find their way onto new Ford-class carriers, including a future flattop that will also carry the name Enterprise.



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As the Navy continues to consider its options, Newport News has already been stripping off parts of the ship to reuse and recycle. "We are harvesting as many parts as we can from the Enterprise... She's still giving back even today," Miner said to Defense One's reporters during their tour. One of Enterprise's massive anchors is already installed onboard the Nimitz-class USS Abraham Lincoln. It's not clear when this swap occurred, but Lincoln finished a major four-year rehab process, officially known as a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), in May 2017, three months after Big E's decommissioning.

As an aside, there is SERIOUS talk about decommissioning the Truman instead of refueling her to save money.


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Not new. Decommissioned ships are stripped and cannibalized as a normal course of business.

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-05-05 07:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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