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Originally posted by fraterormus
When Military Naval Vessels are decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register, their engines must be disabled. The USS John F Kennedy will be without a working engine, and minus propeller rotors and a rudder. There will be no way to propel itself on it's own...and most likely the terms of ownership will include keeping it in this non-operational state. This is the case for every decommissioned Military Naval Vessel that is turned over to a Trust or Museum.
As such, it will have to be towed, and towing something that size would be substantial. Something small like the Barbel-Class USS Blueback cost millions to tow. I can only imagine what the pricetag on towing would be for an Aircraft Carrier.
(For comparison...USS Blueback is 1,744 Long Tons light or 402 Long Tons dead whereas the USS John F Kennedy is 60,728 Long Tons light or 21,927 Long Tons dead.)
[edit on 30-11-2009 by fraterormus]