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Let mothballed, nuc-powered aircraft carrier generate power for us

To The Daily Sun,

Next month the U.S. Navy is going to launch a new aircraft carrier. The USS Gerald R. Ford will join the fleet of ten other super carriers. The USS John F. Kennedy is under construction and is scheduled to be launched in 2020.

The USS Gerald R. Ford cost 12.3 billion dollars to build. Add to that cost 100 or so of the latetest aircraft, the fleet of smaller ships that service, resupply, and protect, and 20,000 or so sailors to run the whole show.

Meanwhile sitting in the Norfolk Virginia Navy Yard sits the USS Enterprise. She was the first of the big nuclear powered supper carriers. She has been recently decommissioned and the plan right now is for her to have the reactors and associated equipment removed then she is to be towed to the Florida Keys and sunk to create a reef for marine life.

Now I am not an naval expert but I have to question the sanity of all this. Could the Enterprise have been overhauled to upgrade her systems? Do we really need 12 aircraft carriers? Is all this tax money being spent just to create jobs in the shipbuilding industry?

I have a better idea for the Enterprise. My background is in the power plant industry and I have been doing some digging. The Enterprise has four reactors that can make enough steam to run a turbine generator built on her deck and produce as much electrical power as Seabrook. The cost of doing this would be a small fraction of what it cost to build that. She could be anchored off the coast where nobody has to have it in their backyard and the power supplied to the northeast grid would do away with the need to build the Northern Pass. As for evacuation in case of an emergency you just tow it out to sea.

Hey you people in Washington can you hear me?

Gordon Blais

Meredith

 
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