posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 05:55 PM
The old one was ok, but was definitely showing its age even a decade ago... Lots of WWII tech in regards to below-deck hardware and jokes about paint
holding the rust together. You could even say its retirement was overdue. Been there, done that. But damn, it could haul when needed. The ability to
churn and turn for something that was the biggest and baddest was still an amazing feat. It's going to be hard to replace that.
As for the new one, if it keeps the prototype (remember 'prise wasn't Nimitz class - it's one of a kind) reputation of it's predecessor - it might
be the first of the "electric" carriers. Mechanical drive shafts, steam catapults, and maybe even the arresting gear would be replaced with
electromotive counterparts. (Of course primary power would still be from a nuke plant.) If they work as intended, the plant needs less power to
operate them as it will be much less lossy than steam based systems, should have lower maintenance requirements, better crew comfort (no hot steam
pipes going everywhere), and there will be a lot more room made available for stores elsewhere on the ship. I think that would be pretty remarkable if
that's what they do.