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(WTKR)   How huge is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier? It takes 162 'superlifts' by one of the largest cranes in the Western Hemisphere to assemble the pieces.(pics and video)   (wtkr.com) divider line 47
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2013-05-08 08:48:04 AM  
My favorite story about nuclear aircraft carriers (and I have no idea how true this is, honestly) stems from the fact that the cooks basically have to feed an entire small town every day. One of their tools in accomplishing this is a set of enormous deep fryers- heated with nuclear exhaust heat and capable of flash-frying an entire cow's worth of hamburgers.

A man can dream.
 
2013-05-08 09:43:37 AM  
I am having a premonition... global warming floods the planet and this ship will be sunk by a pack of wolves
 
2013-05-08 09:44:44 AM  
That was one of the most pointless videos I've ever watched.
 
2013-05-08 09:49:54 AM  

Fubini: My favorite story about nuclear aircraft carriers (and I have no idea how true this is, honestly) stems from the fact that the cooks basically have to feed an entire small town every day. One of their tools in accomplishing this is a set of enormous deep fryers- heated with nuclear exhaust heat and capable of flash-frying an entire cow's worth of hamburgers.

A man can dream.


Possibly. In general on these ships all available energy is reused in several ways, so exhaust heat being used for other heating isn't surprising. There are probably multiple galleys for different areas of the carriers as it is foot traffic inefficient to have all crew members go to the same place to eat. I've also heard that EVERYTHING is recycled down to your cigarette butts, apparently camel brand is supposed to be put in the paper recycling and other brands are put in plastic recycling, or so I've heard.
 
2013-05-08 09:50:04 AM  

Fubini: My favorite story about nuclear aircraft carriers (and I have no idea how true this is, honestly) stems from the fact that the cooks basically have to feed an entire small town every day. One of their tools in accomplishing this is a set of enormous deep fryers- heated with nuclear exhaust heat and capable of flash-frying an entire cow's worth of hamburgers.

A man can dream.


Eh, not that unfeasible...they use excess steam from the generators in just about everything
 
2013-05-08 09:52:18 AM  
It has to be huge to carry nuclear powered aircraft .  DUH
 
2013-05-08 09:54:57 AM  
Served with VA-27 aboard the USS Carl Vinson.  Fun times.
 
2013-05-08 09:55:40 AM  

MindStalker: Fubini: My favorite story about nuclear aircraft carriers (and I have no idea how true this is, honestly) stems from the fact that the cooks basically have to feed an entire small town every day. One of their tools in accomplishing this is a set of enormous deep fryers- heated with nuclear exhaust heat and capable of flash-frying an entire cow's worth of hamburgers.

A man can dream.

Possibly. In general on these ships all available energy is reused in several ways, so exhaust heat being used for other heating isn't surprising. There are probably multiple galleys for different areas of the carriers as it is foot traffic inefficient to have all crew members go to the same place to eat. I've also heard that EVERYTHING is recycled down to your cigarette butts, apparently camel brand is supposed to be put in the paper recycling and other brands are put in plastic recycling, or so I've heard.


More or less. Everything is recycled OR incinerated. We used to dump stuff overboard, but that stopped long ago. Everything either runs directly off of steam, or electricity (generated by steam powered turbines)
 
2013-05-08 09:57:45 AM  
I was hoping for something more like a time lapse of the entire construction.
 
2013-05-08 09:59:36 AM  

Erix: That was one of the most pointless videos I've ever watched.


Agreed.  And what is with the annoying sirens?
 
2013-05-08 10:02:30 AM  
Carrier is available on Netflix, if you're interested in that sort of thing.
 
2013-05-08 10:04:45 AM  

kpaxoid: Erix: That was one of the most pointless videos I've ever watched.

Agreed.  And what is with the annoying sirens?


Either a warning the crane was in action, or to remind you you're watching a video and not just staring at a shaking photo.
 
2013-05-08 10:07:07 AM  
sci-toys.com
 
2013-05-08 10:11:23 AM  

Erix: That was one of the most pointless videos I've ever watched.


Yeah, you only get a glimpse of part of the crane that is doing the work, that was the interesting part.
 
2013-05-08 10:26:36 AM  
meh-

disgusted with war and death machines and those that make money from them.
Sort of surprised I seem alone in this.
It's just tiresome chest thumping to me.
 
2013-05-08 10:28:07 AM  
www.delawareonline.com
 
2013-05-08 10:34:51 AM  
If you piled all the drawings, specifications, testing, research and whatever other documents required for the ship on the deck, it would sink.
 
2013-05-08 10:34:57 AM  

Slaxl: I was hoping for something more like a time lapse of the entire construction.


Guess it got sequestered.
 
2013-05-08 10:41:51 AM  
MindStalker:  There are probably multiple galleys for different areas of the carriers as it is foot traffic inefficient to have all crew members go to the same place to eat.


Not 100% sure of the layout on this ship but on the Enterprise, there were forward and aft galleys on the 2nd deck. Each galley had two lines, generally one of the four lines was closed so you had 3 lines feeding several thousand people. 2nd deck galleys were for E1 - E6 personnel. Chiefs had their own mess and officers ate in the ward room.
 
2013-05-08 10:43:28 AM  
Just what we need, another carrier.
Because a dozen isn't enough.
 
2013-05-08 11:18:42 AM  

Marcintosh: meh-

disgusted with war and death machines and those that make money from them.
Sort of surprised I seem alone in this.
It's just tiresome chest thumping to me.


Your entire civilization was founded on competition.  Every technology, every technique, every person has inherited a legacy of death.  Think of it as Original Sin in a more secular context.  You exist because hominid A killed hominid B over resource C, repeated countless times throughout history.

Pretending you are somehow above the rest of the plebes due to your distaste for war, a concept you likely don't fully understand, is a humorously vain affectaction.
 
2013-05-08 11:28:41 AM  

MindStalker: Fubini: My favorite story about nuclear aircraft carriers (and I have no idea how true this is, honestly) stems from the fact that the cooks basically have to feed an entire small town every day. One of their tools in accomplishing this is a set of enormous deep fryers- heated with nuclear exhaust heat and capable of flash-frying an entire cow's worth of hamburgers.

A man can dream.

Possibly. In general on these ships all available energy is reused in several ways, so exhaust heat being used for other heating isn't surprising. There are probably multiple galleys for different areas of the carriers as it is foot traffic inefficient to have all crew members go to the same place to eat. I've also heard that EVERYTHING is recycled down to your cigarette butts, apparently camel brand is supposed to be put in the paper recycling and other brands are put in plastic recycling, or so I've heard.


The Ford is going to have a built in plasma waste disposal system, meaning everything that is waste will be destroyed onboard. Neat trick.
 
2013-05-08 11:32:02 AM  

Sandwyrm: Marcintosh: meh-

disgusted with war and death machines and those that make money from them.
Sort of surprised I seem alone in this.
It's just tiresome chest thumping to me.

Your entire civilization was founded on competition.  Every technology, every technique, every person has inherited a legacy of death.  Think of it as Original Sin in a more secular context.  You exist because hominid A killed hominid B over resource C, repeated countless times throughout history.

Pretending you are somehow above the rest of the plebes due to your distaste for war, a concept you likely don't fully understand, is a humorously vain affectaction.


Those that beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those that did not..
 
2013-05-08 11:32:07 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Just what we need, another carrier.
Because a dozen isn't enough.




Actually yes, but I see multitudes of autonomous carriers for autonomous drones.
 
2013-05-08 11:32:14 AM  
 
2013-05-08 11:38:05 AM  
I've actually seen the above crane in action.  It's incredible.  It's like watching a small city be placed on a bigger city.  What they do is float the smaller piece under the crane which then lifts it.  They then float the platform under the piece.  They lower the piece to above the platform and raise the platform (by pumping water out of it's pontoons) to meet the piece the crane holds.  That way the platform doesn't sink down when the piece is set on it.  It's surreal to watch.
 
2013-05-08 11:49:26 AM  

Marcintosh: meh-

disgusted with war and death machines and those that make money from them.
Sort of surprised I seem alone in this.
It's just tiresome chest thumping to me.


Sorry for your loss...   *eyeroll*
 
2013-05-08 11:56:07 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: HotIgneous Intruder: Just what we need, another carrier.
Because a dozen isn't enough.



Actually yes, but I see multitudes of autonomous carriers for autonomous drones.


the real reason they keep building is once they stop that shipyard will close ships that size are much cheaper to build overseas so no foreign orders for large cargo ships will come and we will lose the skilled workers and the machinery needed, plus by the time the USS Ford is ready the Nimitz will be coming up on 50 years old, by building a new carrier every 5 years or so we keep our last remaining large shipyard open, the skill sets needed and keep the fleet at 10 carriers while allowing us to retire the oldest (ya really don't want 50 year old reactors sailing around)
 
2013-05-08 12:11:44 PM  
Naming your ship the Gerald R Ford?  Isn't that sort of asking for trouble?


assets.nydailynews.com
 
2013-05-08 12:15:42 PM  
i just hope it's not the last one.
 
2013-05-08 12:29:33 PM  

Marcintosh: meh-

disgusted with war and death machines and those that make money from them.
Sort of surprised I seem alone in this.
It's just tiresome chest thumping to me.


Say what?

dtfjihky7xwic.cloudfront.net

Walk softly and carry a big Battleship
 
2013-05-08 12:56:36 PM  
How huge is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier?

Looks like a tugboat when I park my yacht nearby....
 
2013-05-08 01:30:49 PM  
Hey cool; a completely useless and uninteresting video of our disgusting waste of money and resources!
 
2013-05-08 02:26:24 PM  
If you haven't heard it, the This American Life episode about life aboard an aircraft carrier is worth a listen.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/206/somewhere -i n-the-arabian-sea

(my favorite line, paraphrasing from memory)
Q: So your job, in the global fight against terrorism, is to refill vending machines?
A: Yes.
 
jvl
2013-05-08 02:55:42 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Just what we need, another carrier.
Because a dozen isn't enough.


They don't last forever. They are built just at or below replacement rate.  The goal is to have nine so that we can have one on duty at all times in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. In each group of three, one is on station, one is refitting, and one is traveling to/from the station.
 
2013-05-08 03:03:34 PM  

jvl: HotIgneous Intruder: Just what we need, another carrier.
Because a dozen isn't enough.

They don't last forever. They are built just at or below replacement rate.  The goal is to have nine so that we can have one on duty at all times in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. In each group of three, one is on station, one is refitting, and one is traveling to/from the station.


Get your logic off of Fark. Nobody uses that here.

The National Geographic special on the Reagans first cruise is worth a watch too.
 
2013-05-08 03:13:31 PM  
Boat: noun - A hole in the water that you throw money into.

What does BOAT stand for?

Bust
Out
Another
Thousand
 
2013-05-08 04:03:27 PM  
I can't help but compare megalithic projects like these to the necropolis at Giza.

"The forward end of one of the ship's catapults, which are used to launch aircraft from the ship, was lifted into place. The unit weighs 66 metric tons, is 75 feet long and is comprised of four steel sections."

Did you know that some of the heaviest stones in the Great Pyramid at Giza weighed around 70 tonnes or metric tons? Science proves that absolutely none of the possible meathods Egyptologists have theorized are legitimate. Egypt did not have the manpower, or the technology to produce the pyramids ... we barely do ourselves.
 
2013-05-08 04:10:56 PM  

sewnandsilent: I can't help but compare megalithic projects like these to the necropolis at Giza.

"The forward end of one of the ship's catapults, which are used to launch aircraft from the ship, was lifted into place. The unit weighs 66 metric tons, is 75 feet long and is comprised of four steel sections."

Did you know that some of the heaviest stones in the Great Pyramid at Giza weighed around 70 tonnes or metric tons? Science proves that absolutely none of the possible meathods Egyptologists have theorized are legitimate. Egypt did not have the manpower, or the technology to produce the pyramids ... we barely do ourselves.


Barely? They're doing it there, not for the first time either.

We could, if we desired, make a dozen pyramids in half the time it took the Egyptians to build one. They were rubbish, we're awesome. No aliens required.
 
2013-05-08 04:53:34 PM  

sewnandsilent: I can't help but compare megalithic projects like these to the necropolis at Giza.

"The forward end of one of the ship's catapults, which are used to launch aircraft from the ship, was lifted into place. The unit weighs 66 metric tons, is 75 feet long and is comprised of four steel sections."

Did you know that some of the heaviest stones in the Great Pyramid at Giza weighed around 70 tonnes or metric tons? Science proves that absolutely none of the possible meathods Egyptologists have theorized are legitimate. Egypt did not have the manpower, or the technology to produce the pyramids ... we barely do ourselves.


Right. They didnt make the Giza complex, who ever was there before them did and the knowledge had been lost.
 
2013-05-08 05:41:36 PM  
Slaxl:
We could, if we desired, make a dozen pyramids in half the time it took the Egyptians to build one. They were rubbish, we're awesome. No aliens required.

They were the first civilization to mass produce beer
 
2013-05-08 05:48:54 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Slaxl:
We could, if we desired, make a dozen pyramids in half the time it took the Egyptians to build one. They were rubbish, we're awesome. No aliens required.

They were the first civilization to mass produce beer


Or they were the first to produce it in just the right quanitity to survive and thrive, but not so much they all get drunk and society collapses and they get conquered by less drunk neighbours?
 
2013-05-08 07:37:08 PM  

Sandwyrm: Marcintosh: meh-

disgusted with war and death machines and those that make money from them.
Sort of surprised I seem alone in this.
It's just tiresome chest thumping to me.

Your entire civilization was founded on competition.  Every technology, every technique, every person has inherited a legacy of death.  Think of it as Original Sin in a more secular context.  You exist because hominid A killed hominid B over resource C, repeated countless times throughout history.

Pretending you are somehow above the rest of the plebes due to your distaste for war, a concept you likely don't fully understand, is a humorously vain affectaction.


You are an ass.  You also cannot read for content.  Adios
 
2013-05-08 07:50:40 PM  
We have the mentally disturbed wandering our streets.
We have homeless in every community
At the end of every day 17 million children go to bed hungry every day
And we need a bright and shiny new warship because we don't have enough.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/07/everythin g- chuck-hagel-needs-to-know-about-the-defense-budget-in-charts/

http://billmoyers.com/2013/04/05/going-to-bed-hungry/

And I'm certain that I can't be the only one offended by this.
 
2013-05-08 08:38:45 PM  

Marcintosh: We have the mentally disturbed wandering our streets.
We have homeless in every community
At the end of every day 17 million children go to bed hungry every day
And we need a bright and shiny new warship because we don't have enough.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/07/everythin g- chuck-hagel-needs-to-know-about-the-defense-budget-in-charts/

http://billmoyers.com/2013/04/05/going-to-bed-hungry/

And I'm certain that I can't be the only one offended by this.


We have 19 different" feed the children" programs run by the federal government. If kids are going to bed hungry, its 100% their parents fault.
 
2013-05-08 10:12:38 PM  
Norfolkmitter, mods, you wanna give it a rest for awhile with all this crap?  I mean, go Navy and yee-haw, the Navy is great, but never an Army link.  Never a Marine link.  Only an Air Force link when it has to do with atheism.  I am getting pretty sick and tired of seeing a piece of shiat Norfolk story every day.  They're usually complete meh, enough.  Quit sucking subby's dick.
 
2013-05-09 06:38:40 PM  

Marcintosh: At the end of every day 17 million children go to bed hungry every day


I am a substitute teacher as a part-time job.  Have you looked around and seen how many farking kids are farking fat-asses?  There ain't 17 million kids going to bed hungry in America.  We are the first civilization in the history of the world where obesity is a symptom of poverty.
 
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