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Originally posted by zedVSzardoz
damn it, that sucks. I would make it a point to go see it.
Why can't they cut the side of the ship instead?
originally posted by: truttseeker
So I'm currently on the USS Enterprise and she will be officially inactivated on the first. It's a crazy ship with a very storied history. Anyway, curious if there are current or former members of the crew on here. Im curious what reactor department was like back in the day
Lemme guess they will sell her to a millionaire for a $1?
originally posted by: schuyler
reply to post by Zaphod58
Yup, it's gonna be scrapped. The reason is that to get the reactors out they have to cut up the flight deck and lift them straight out. The newer CVN designs have two reactors instead of eight and can more easily be salvaged. But with this massive surgery there's not enough left to create a museum. It would be too costly to put it back together. As I understand it, after the reactors are removed it will be towed to the Inactive Ships Command in Bremerton. To me that seems like an unnecessary expense, but that was what I was told.
That's not remotely true. They're towing it after defueling to puget sound. Not going through the Panama Canal, because the ship is too wide. All 8 reactors were fueled and we ran them all the entire time. Source of info: me, a nuke currently on enterprise.