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To: U-238
They should not be sold for several reasons. One is they are wore out. All on the list but the Forestall which was the last 600 PSI plant for carriers are 1200 PSI boiler plants 8 boilers per carrier. A leak even the size of a pencil lead can decapitate you. You can't hear or see the leak. The only detection as such is using a broom handle to wave it around in the area you are working in. When these boilers blow they are like bombs. You can't economically replace the boilers themselves as they are the first thing installed in building. They can only be re-tubed so many times.

Second part is IIRC everything below second deck is still classified. What you learn even from The Forestall much of it would apply too nukes as well.

The construction is still so classified that the AMERICA sank a few years ago too obtain data to build the new FORD Class carrier was sank in three miles plus deep water. The coordinates where it was actually sank are secret.

25 posted on 02/21/2012 12:51:16 AM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe
The coordinates of the USS America: Coordinates: 33°09′09″N 71°39′07″W / 33.1525°N 71.65194°W / 33.1525; -71.65194, around 250 mi (400 km) southeast of Cape Hatteras. The wreck lies upright in one piece 16,860 ft (5,140 m) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean
27 posted on 02/21/2012 12:58:45 AM PST by U-238
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To: cva66snipe

>>A leak even the size of a pencil lead can decapitate you. You can’t hear or see the leak. The only detection as such is using a broom handle to wave it around in the area you are working in.

I was a co-op engineering student working for Georgia Power in the late 70s. One of the old school Boiler Operators giving the Auxiliary Equipment Operator class I went through at the plant taught us all of that, with additional gruesome real-life examples. Glad I never encountered any of it.

Back to the issue at hand, it is unreasonable to think that this many additional museums can be maintained, most will need to be scrapped. There are quite a number of carrier museums now, mostly Essex class ships IIRC.

Given your comments about naval architecture secrets, I don’t think we want to sell them to an Indian scrapper. Somehow the Chinese will manage to be all over them.


34 posted on 02/21/2012 2:04:09 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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