posted on May, 15 2014 @ 10:13 AM
The fuel will be removed from these reactors...slowly and carefully...by proceedure.
I dont think they will be removing the reactor vessels at that shipyard. More likely the reactor vessels themselves will be removed at the yard where
the boat will be finally scrapped. But first the olde fuel needs to be removed from these reactor veseels.
There are certainly heavy lift cranes at Newport News sufficient to raise the reactor vessels out of the ship but that is more likely a job to be done
where the ship will be finally scrapped. It is the fuel removal in which they are initially interested..removing the olde spent fuel.
The holes currently cut in the decks are to accomodate the heavy shielded equipment used in removing the spent fuel.
There are also other holes cut into the decks to remove large equipments usable on other ships. It is the easiest, quickest, and safest way to remove
much of this equipment.
You have to be very very careful walking around a ship with so many holes cut into it..particularly at night or in compartments with little lighting.
You never go around without a light source on you....mag light, light stick, cylume etc etc, head lamp. People have fallen through many decks and been
killed in this manner.
I believe this ship will be towed around the horn to Bremerton to await final disposition as is the Kitty Hawk, Connie, and other carriers.
It is indeed a sight to see from Google Earth.. these olde ships and submarines tied up to the piers at Bremerton Navy Yard..and there are alot of
There are some 12 submarines tied up side to side..like sardines in a can awaiting final scrapping. They seem to be mostly early 688 class boats and
one olde or what looks like a 637 class or Sturgeon Class boat.
It is indeed a sight to see.
Enterprise looks sad from the interstate as compared to her former self. They have removed the masts from the top of the Island house. She looks