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To: cva66snipe

That is true. But did they strip the technology off the plane before they sank it?


29 posted on 02/21/2012 1:09:00 AM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

I meant the aircraft carrier.


30 posted on 02/21/2012 1:10:08 AM PST by U-238
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To: U-238
That is true. But did they strip the technology off the plane before they sank it?

The technology couldn't really be stripped off, because it was built into the ship.

In the case of all the "supercarriers", there are many engineering design "tricks" used to produce a ship so large and with such capacity/capability and survivability. One of the most important - and classified - ones is how to make the armored flight deck the ships' "strength deck" while having four really large holes cut in the sides of the hull for elevator access to the hangar. It should be noted that for the Ford-class carriers, which were designed using data from the America trials, they are going down to three elevators ...

In the case of the America specifically, she was sunk so deep in large part to prevent inspection of the damage caused in the trials that sank her. For instance, did the Navy attempt to break her back using Mk.48s - which don't explode on contact but rather explode underneath the hull, creating an overpressure "bubble" that then causes the damage? If so, how well did it work? I don't know about America, per se, but there was a great article years ago in one of the naval press periodicals called "Iron Ladies in Glass Skirts" that spoke to the vulnerability of the Iowa-class battleships to such weapons.
37 posted on 02/21/2012 3:22:47 AM PST by tanknetter
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