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Comparison of two mighty ships

SHIP #1:  USS REAGAN

Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective...................ENORMOUS.

Please read about the USS Reagan. Also notice the respect that the crew gives the Arizona Memorial when passing it.

This is absolutely beautiful!

USS REAGAN PASSING THE ARIZONA MEMORIAL

USS Reagan

BEAUTIFUL!


When the Bridge pipes "Man the Rail" there is a lot of rail to man on this monster: shoulder to shoulder, around 4.5 acres. Her displacement is about 100,000 tons with full complement.

Capability

  • Top speed exceeds 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling
  • Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
  • Carries over 80 combat aircraft
  • Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet

Size

  • Towers 20 stories above the waterline
  • 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
  • Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
  • 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds
  • 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
  • 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet

Key Dates

  • Dec 8, 1994 Contract awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Feb 12, 1998 Keel laid
  • Oct 1, 2000 Pre-commissioning Unit established
  • March 4, 2001 Christened by Mrs. Nancy Reagan
  • May 5, 2003 First underway
  • July 12, 2003 Commissioned
  • July 23, 2004 Arrived at home port in San Diego, CA

Capacity

  • Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
  • Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
  • 18,150 meals served daily
  • Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes
  • Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones
  • 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets
  • Costs the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation
  • Costs the Navy approximately $2.5 million per day for underway operations (Sailor's salaries included).

 

 

SHIP #2:  US Navy welcomes the USS Bill Clinton

Sunday July 2nd '06 Vancouver, BC, Headed for Seattle, WA.

The US Navy welcomed the latest member of its fleet today.

USS Clinton

Pictured above:

The USS William Jefferson Clinton (CVS1) set sail today from its home port of Vancouver, BC.

The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to President Bill Clinton "for his foresight in military budget cuts" and his conduct while president. The ship is constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminum and is completely solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots. It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft which although they cannot be launched or captured on the 100 foot flight deck, but form a very menacing presence.

As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board. The 20 person crew is completely diversified, including members of all races, creeds, sex, and sexual orientation. This crew, like the crew aboard the USS Jimmy Carter, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of the United States at all costs.

An onboard Type One DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find America offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may sound hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.

The ship's purpose is not defined so much as a unit of national defense, but instead in times of conflict the USS Clinton has orders to seek refuge in Canada. The ship may be positioned near the Democratic National Party Headquarters for photo-ops and can be used extensively for social experimentation and whatever other worthless jobs the ex-commander-in-chief and his wife can think of.

It is largely rumored that the ship will also be the set for the upcoming season of MTV's "The Real World."

The ship was renamed and commissioned USS William J Clinton when someone realized the USS Blowfish was already taken.

5 Comments:

  • Ship # 2: Why did our Republican Congress of '94 to '06 approve to waste tax payer money on this tugboat??? Who are we making fun of, the name of the boat or the people who decided to build it?

    By Rick G, at 3:11 PM

  • Hilarious !!
    I can just see the photo op with Slick Willie peeking his head out like Michael DuKakis...

    By DoubleDown, at 9:52 PM

  • Hey DD, I agree, it really had me rolling at the end!

    Remember those tank pictures? Well check out the following!

    http://blogs.lotterypost.com/todd/2004/07/does-kerrys-bunny-picture-remind-you-of-some.htm

    http://blogs.lotterypost.com/todd/2004/08/bunny-in-the-tank.htm

    By Todd, at 10:14 PM

  • Does Slick's ship have revolving doors on it like the White House 'back door' did when he/she were in office? Heard they had to replace the turning mechanism several times!!

    By konane, at 11:45 PM

  • I was also going to mention that new recruits are forced to work down below when they first come on board.

    By Todd, at 9:37 AM

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