posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 03:17 PM
Originally posted by fenceSitter
reply to post by SaturnFX
I'm always skeptical about conspiracy theories. I like to believe we live in a world where things like false flags don't exist and people actually
don't want wars to happen. In this case it kind of makes sense that they would use the USS Enterprise as an excuse for war but not only because of the
iconic nature of the vessel. I can't imagine how much money the US would save by letting it sink in the Persian Gulf instead of having to decommission
such a large vessel with 8 nuclear cores. Wikipedia says $857.3 USD million.
So you think the US would actually save money by allowing the Enterprise, with its eight nuclear reactors, to be sunk in the Gulf????? Maybe I'm
crazy, but I would think the entire world would go bat-poop crazy if eight nuclear reactors were at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. We would be faced
with headlines like this: "All Ocean Life to be extinguished by radiation." A salvage job on a ship with 100,000 tons displacement would be enormously
expensive. Also bear in mind that the Gulf has an average depth of 50 meters. The draft of the Enterpise is 12 meters. From keel to mast it is 76
meters tall. In other words, if it did sink in the Gulf, its mast would be sticking out of the water. Now wouldn't that be an interesting navigation
hazard for oil tankers to avoid?
So, no, sinking the carrier to avoid costs (not to mention 5,000 lives) is not a particularly cost-effective idea.
And, yes, the Enterprise can move much faster than 35mph. As one ex sailor here just testified, it can pass conventional ships under full power like
they were standing still. The Enterprise, and all Nimitz-class carriers, puts up a rooster tail higher than the flight deck, which is 57 feet above
the water line. The top speed is, of course, classified. When they do put the pedal to the metal they cover up the "speedometer" so no one there can
read what the actual speed is. Suffice it to say that it's faster than what Jane's Fighting Ships says.
I did find out one sailor on the USS Russell, a destroyer, fell overboard and was drowned off the coast of Hawaii. Sadly, deaths are not all that
uncommon on underway ships.
edit on 6/8/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)