Sunday, May 30, 2004

USS Ronald Reagan: U Got Milk?


(Harry S. Truman is actuall shown in this photograph)
This is what a strong economy can buy you. Can you afford one of these and provide a Million dollars a day just for standard operations around the globe?

We are having seconds thoughts ourselves in our moral struggle with Globalization...


This beauty cost us $5 billion to build. About 0.1% of our trade deficit's current value, carry the negative numeric value as well to our economy. Who does it serve? Us or Them?



Capability

o Top speed exceeds 30 knots
o Powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling
o Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
o Carries over 80 combat aircraft
o Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet


Size
o Towers 20 stories above the waterline
o 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
o Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
o 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across and weighing 66,200 pounds
o 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
o 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet


Capacity

o Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
o Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
o 18,150 meals served daily
o Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes
o Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring
o 1,400 telephones, 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets


Just One More for the Gipper -- A Prime Example of Strength We Desperately Lack in Today's Leadership Material in America...


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