posted on May, 16 2006 @ 10:19 PM
When I worked for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard/Repair yard in Portsmouth, Va., I had the pleasure and displeasure of working on the Kennedy. Worked on a
shipfitting gang that did solely flightdeck and above. I had the pleasure and displeasure of removing about 150 ft. of flightdeck catwalk on the
starboard side. Quite frankly, the boat is a rust bucket, same with the U.S.S. America, which were not fully apart of the SLEP (Service Life Extension
Program) program due to Clinton military funding cutbacks. Unfortunate, because the Kennedy is in need of alot of work and a refit besides being
almost a generation+ behind existing carriers.
Personally, I do not believe that NATO could effectively or efficiently operate the carrier (between Harriers and Rafales), and btw, who is going to
bear the brunt of her operational and maintainence costs? Sell it, outright, to Germany, Japan, or Taiwan, or simply make it one huge coral reef (if
not sold as scrap metal).
Maybe a deal can be worked out with the Iranians, cause I am sure they would love one, being they are in desperate need of one, perhaps?
[edit on 16-5-2006 by Seekerof]