stomperrob wrote:To those nations who would wish America ill, hand 'em one of these:
That is one impressive vessel. Think of the firepower on that thing - it eclipses probably the entire US Pacific Fleet in WWII. That is just a massive amount of firepower in one floating platform.
I'm glad these guys are on our side.
It is an amazing vessel - because it's nuclear powered, technically it can go 20 years at sea without having to refuel! Here's some of the spec's:
Top speed exceeds 30 knots Powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years Carries over 80 combat aircraft Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet
Towers 20 stories above the waterline 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall Flight deck covers 4.5 acres 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across and weighing 66,200 pounds 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet
Dec 8, 1994 Contract awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding Feb 12, 1998 Keel laid Oct 1, 2000 Precommissioning Unit established March 4, 2001 Christened by Mrs. Nancy Reagan May 5, 2003 First underway July 12, 2003 Commissioned July 23, 2004 Arrived at homeport in San Diego, CA
Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days 18,150 meals served daily Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones, 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets Costs the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation Costs the Navy approximately $2.5 million per day for underway operations (Sailor's salaries included in both)
What aircraft will be on the RONALD REAGAN? RONALD REAGAN's Air Wing consists of the standard mix of aircraft, you can expect to see: F/A-18C Hornets, F/A-18E Super Hornets, EA-6B Prowlers, E-2C Hawkeyes, C-2A Greyhounds, and SH-60 Seahawk and HH-60 Knighthawk helicopters.
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