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01/04/2006 07:41 PM ID: 52082 Permalink   

US Newest Aircraft Carrier "USS Ronald Reagan" Departs for First Deployment


The newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the US Navy, the "USS Ronald Reagan," left Naval Air Station North Island on Wednesday for its first deployment. It´s also the maiden deployment for most of its sailors.

Named in honor of the late former US president Ronald Reagan, the carrier will lead a battle group headed for naval operations overseas supporting the US led war on terrorism. Capt. Terry Kraft is looking forward to his first command.

The latest Nimitz-class carrier houses up to 6,000 sailors and will carry more than 80 combat aircrafts. It´s able to operate for 120 days independent from replenishment.

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  reagan was a bastard  
a typical republican that lengthened the gap between the rich and poor, raised the national debt, and supported bloody regimes. it's ironic that his carrier will now be housing 6,000 poor people who can have the chance to die for their country.
  by: manilaryce     01/04/2006 10:02 PM     
Poor? Thats 6,000 military pay US sailors. And die for there country? Only deaths on an aircraft carrier are from accidents; ie: falling off the ship onto a hard object, getting sucked into a jets air intake, getting hit by the snag line or steam launcher, etc.

Theyre Navy, not ground pounders. Learn the difference between the military branchs.
  by: hunt3r   01/05/2006 01:14 AM     
oh you're right. the navy never loses lives in combat. they just fall off the edge of the carrier every now and then. and i say poor because the great majority of these people join simply for financial reasons. how many rich kids are rushing to join the navy? my point was that the very president which expanded poverty was being honored with a carrier to house those same people. to difficult for you to grasp?
  by: manilaryce     01/05/2006 01:32 AM     
Reagan was a monster, have a squiz at nicaragua's recent history if you don't beleive me.
  by: lachs     01/05/2006 04:13 AM     
  Opinions aside...  
This really is a massive carrier, the largest so far. Even after seeing smaller, retired ones from WWII in a naval shipyard, I still have trouble imagining how big it really must be. I don't know if anyone else caught the episode of Modern Marvels that featured it, but it's got a larger deck that allows simultaneous takeoffs and landings. One thing that confused me was that the show pointed out the fact that it has two nuclear reactors to power the ship and 3 million gallons of fuel for the aircraft, then later on say that it does not need refueling for 50 years. They didn't specify which fuel, but I'm going to assume they meant the reactors, since I don't think jet fuel has that long of a shelf life.
  by: ezanto   01/05/2006 10:12 PM     
  what's in a name?  
Name aside, it's one fine flattop.

I just hope it doesn't get deployed off the coast of Guatamala
  by: Dedolito     01/05/2006 10:29 PM     
Majority of the time a nuclear reactor is involved. It meanst he nuclear fuel, IE plutonium and if there are grades of radioavctive fuel being used.

The jet fuel can last for a few months worth of deployment. They get refueled for jet fuel when they get resupplied for food stuffs and mail.
  by: hunt3r   01/09/2006 11:51 PM     
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