posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 03:18 PM
Good to see your posts again. Hope all is well in your home.
As to your question about Nimitz Class Ships running backwards...or in reverse...yes they can. But also as Fred T and others aptly stated...it is a
emergency maneuver they practice called a Crash Back. Full ahead to full astern. Also aptly stated by someone ..flight deck ops would be out of the
I can also tell you that in the yards on dock trials when tied up to the piers..they will get the reactors and turbines up and running. Two wheels
they will run in one direction and the other two will be running the opposite. They cannot do full turns as it will wash out to much of the pier
facilities. But this method is also how they keep the ship stationary. Wise choice considering the size of the wheels on these ships and the raw
horsepower on these propulsion systems should it get away from them. However ..this is also probably a carry over from the conventionaly powered
carrier days as those carriers were also built here. They too had very large wheels on them.
For those not versed in the terminology wheels, in the trades, refers to the propellors.
Gotta shove off now. 12 hour shift tonight.
Going to be a long night.
[edit on 20-11-2007 by orangetom1999]