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USS Enterprise destined for scrapyard
« on: December 01, 2012, 04:06:48 PM »
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USS Enterprise destined for scrapyard

Published: Dec. 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy says it won't be possible to turn its first nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, into a museum after its decommissioning Saturday.

The ceremony took place at the ship's home port of Norfolk, Va., with scores of dignitaries and former crew members on hand to reminisce and sing the praises of the ship and its 51-year service record.

The "Big E" will be towed to Puget Sound in Washington, where its eight nuclear reactors will be removed and the rest of the ship cut up for scrap. The Dallas Morning News said it would be impossibly expensive to put the ship back together once the reactors were taken out and turn it into any type of museum.

The Hampton Roads Daily Press said the Saturday afternoon ceremony was preceded Friday by a reunion of former Enterprise crew members, including sailors who were aboard in 1969 when a flight-deck accident triggered a series of fuel and ordnance explosions that killed 28 shipmates and injured more than 300.

"I see what it was like that day," veteran Michael Neville told CBS News. "You don't get rid of that memory."








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Re: USS Enterprise destined for scrapyard
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2012, 04:19:32 PM »
Much of it will be scrapped, but the entire reactor section of the hull along with the reactors and much of their piping is destined for disposal at the Hanford Reservation out here in Washington.  The Navy has been disposing of nuclear submarine reactors there for some time, and when they de-commission any nuclear reactor, the Hanford reservation is the only place to safely bury such heavy and radioactively hot chunks of big metal.  There is no way to decontaminate the steel itself that has become irradiated and all you can do is bury it until it cools off in a couple of hundred centuries...


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Re: USS Enterprise destined for scrapyard
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2012, 05:42:23 PM »
Had the Revell model kit of the USS Enterprise when I was a kid. 

The 1st nuclear-powered air-craft carrier. 

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Re: USS Enterprise destined for scrapyard
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2012, 07:47:48 PM »
Don't worry there be future USS Enteprise

In 23th century

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Re: USS Enterprise destined for scrapyard
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2012, 10:54:22 PM »
Don't worry there be future USS Enteprise

In 23th century
It took about 0.42 seconds to connect that with your screen name! :laugh:
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.


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