posted on Dec, 5 2016 @ 03:21 PM
a reply to: LordOfDestruction
Steam works, is well known, and is pretty reliable. Not to mention that almost all of our Nimitz class hulls are pretty old. There are three
subclasses, Nimitz, Roosevelt, and Reagan. The three Nimitz hulls (Nimitz, Eisenhower, Vinson) were laid down between 1968 and 1975. The five
Roosevelt hulls (Roosevelt, Lincoln, Washington, Stennis, and Truman) were laid down between 1981 and 1993, with the two Reagan hulls (Reagan and
Bush) laid down in 1998 and 2003. EMALS takes advantage of technologies that weren't available for most of those hulls. It would be expensive to go
back and, retrofit it onto them but there has been talk of doing that with at least the Roosevelt and Reagan hulls.