posted on Dec, 10 2005 @ 04:08 PM
This is Dry Dock 12 in Northrop Grumman Newport News in Newport News, Virginia on the shores of the James River. I know this by the large water tower
off to the right in the picture along Warwick Boulevard. I have worked this Drydock many times and this ship specifically and also every drydock in
Newport News. What you are looking at is a 900 ton overhead gantry crane capable of some really huge lifts. There are two cranes of this type in
Newport News. The other is a 300 ton overhead gantry. Still a large lift by any standards. If you are not working these heavy lift jobs..you give them
a wide birth when they lift. Its really something to see...from a distance of course.
The USS Ronald Reagan is the only carrier of this type currently with a bulbous bow. The USS Ronald Reagan is in service and the USS George Bush is
now under construction in this same Drydock. It too, will have a bulbous bow.
What you need to know about this type of carrier is that it is phenomonally expensive..both to build and maintain. They can tell you anything in
boards like this. My point is both the expense and functionally of a carrier like this is beyond the ability of most nations. It is a huge burden on
ours...not just one but all the carriers we have ..conventional and nuclear. This type of carrier is just not practical for most nations..including
China. Common sense tells you that you start on the bottom of the evolutionary ladder and learn ..experience your way up..not at the top and work your
way to the bottom. Dont let anyone pull your leg..it has been a huge learning curve even for us Yanks..and the learning continues.