posted on Jul, 20 2004 @ 02:19 PM
From another bbs:
...in this rather dangerous game of "chicken"? They are:
1. Kitty Hawk (CV63), commissioned in 1961, is apparently the closest to any potential flash point around Taiwan. She has a non-nuclear conventional
power plant consisting of eight boilers, four geared steam turbines, and four shafts.
2. Enterprise (CVN65), commissioned in 1961, which is our oldest surviving nuclear carrier. She has eight old-style nuclear reactors and four
3. Kennedy (CV67), commissioned in 1968, which also has a non-nuclear conventional power plant consisting of eight boilers and four shafts.
If one were inclined to be cynical, one could wager a guess that the three oldest ships might be considered expendable by anyone wanting to create an
incident that might kick off a war with China.
Here are the commissioning dates of the remaining ships listed in the article. They are ALL very new, with two nuclear reactors and four shafts
George Washington (CVN73): 1992
John C. Stennis (CVN74): 1995
Harry S. Truman (CVN75): 1998
Ronald Reagan (CVN76): 2003
end of excerpt.
It seems that US might use the three old and soon decommissioned carrier as decoy to provoke war with China. This August is a dangerous time indeed.