|Quoting 747400sp (Reply 5):|
Well a ship with eight reactor is going to move!
You have to remember that when built, the eight reactors were relatively "low power" modified submarine reactors (that's all that was available). Their cores have been redesigned (at least twice) for more power and service life, but they are still much smaller (and less powerful) than Nimitz class reactors.
Big-E's SINS (ships inertial navigation system) data was regularly turned off so the crew could not see what speed we were actually doing. Spun up one of our bird's INS' just to see but the numbers displayed remain classified. Suffice it to say that Big-E would regularly show up as an "airborne target" on our Hawkeye displays.
|Quoting LMP737 (Reply 12):|
I've always wanted to see her unfortanetly when I was in the Navy she was undergoing refuel in Norfolk. Don't feel soory for me though, I was "stuck" in San Diego
Hey buddy, I would never feel sorry for you; however, I too was "stuck" in San Diego (still am...thankfully) but I did have the honor of serving aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) for three years (two deployments and 282 traps --that I'm allowed to count).
|Quoting LMP737 (Reply 15):|
It's been mentioned that once the reactors and associated machinery is removed there won't be much left two decks below the hangar deck.
Depends upon how much horizontal access you desire. Removing the reactor cores requires "drilling" vertical access holes through the flight/hanger decks. If someone wishes to "save" the ship as a museum, those holes would have to be filled-in again (doubt USN
would spend the $$$ to do that on an "obsolete" ship).
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 18):|
Check out this pix of the Big E's nuclear contemporary, the Long Beach. It's waiting it's turn for scrapping at Bremerton.
Dang, I'm getting old. That's two ships from my limited USN
service being retired. I was lucky enough to spend 5 weeks aboard CGN
-9 for my 3rd class Midshipman "cruise." I guess the "Hydrogenator" in Engine Room-1 is shutdown for good now.