To: Colorado Cowgirl
I would expect that the USS Washington would be maintained in a higher level of readiness so that she could be taken out & readied in event of war or a future fleet expansion. The USS Nimitz is going to be decommissioned either way. I don't know that there would be that much savings to the USN when you consider that as a nuclear vessel she would require an engineering staff just to maintain the reactor. If they removed that there wouldn't be much point to the whole exercise.
posted on 11/01/2011 11:19:51 AM PDT
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To: Tallguy; Colorado Cowgirl
. If they removed that there wouldn't be much point to the whole exercise.
That is the point. These ships operate a little over 20 years before reactor refuelling. If they are going to cut the number of carrier groups, it makes a weird kind of sense to scrap and not do a mid-life refuel on a ship with half its hull life remaining.
posted on 11/01/2011 2:20:02 PM PDT
by Oztrich Boy
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