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   Two 'plank owners' (original crew members) of the USS Enterprise got to sail on her as she came home for the last time - 51 years after they launched her

06 Nov 2012 09:36 AM   |   6222 clicks   |   WTKR
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dittybopper    [TotalFark]  
So they launched her in 2063?

06 Nov 2012 09:38 AM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
I hope they're not redshirts.

06 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
protectyourlimbs     
Did they remember their bayonets?

06 Nov 2012 09:40 AM
DarkSoulNoHope     
I always wondered what Commodore Pike was doing lately.

/He gave me one beep when I asked if he was happy back aboard the Enterprise

06 Nov 2012 09:42 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

DarkSoulNoHope: I always wondered what Commodore Pike was doing lately.

/He gave me one beep when I asked if he was happy back aboard the Enterprise


He should have been able to communicate fully using Morse code to flash/beep. Damn stupid plot devices!

06 Nov 2012 09:46 AM
Benni K Rok     
Plank ownership is given twice in the lifetime of a ship, once when it officially receives the original comission, and a second time when it is decomissioned.

/This has been your related tangent trivia of the day.

06 Nov 2012 09:46 AM
ThatBillmanGuy     

dittybopper: So they launched her in 2063?


Well, that was... No wait, the Phoenix was launched in 2063.

/got nuthin

06 Nov 2012 09:46 AM
p51d007     
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06 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
Langdon Alger     
It's a shame that it can't be a floating monument/ tribute to all who served and all she saved.

06 Nov 2012 09:48 AM
Red Shirt Blues    [TotalFark]  

Arkanaut: I hope they're not redshirts.


Indeed.

06 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
Slaves2Darkness     

Langdon Alger: It's a shame that it can't be a floating monument/ tribute to all who served and all she saved.


Meh, useless overpriced piece of junk. Waste of hundreds of billions of dollars I say good riddance the only sad part about this is we built another farking useless overpriced piece of junk that will cost trillions of dollars over it's lifetime to replace this farking money pit.

Remember kids war machines are theft of your tax dollars, every single one of them.

06 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
pag1107    [TotalFark]  
So if they follow their current trend, the next "Big E" will be a 'phib, right?

06 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
LDM90     
Nuta gros, reen?

06 Nov 2012 09:54 AM
laulaja    [TotalFark]  
Someone (forgot who) In Recent Past said there'll almost certainly be another maritime USS Enterprise, before there's a starfaring one.

06 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
lockheed1039     

Slaves2Darkness: Langdon Alger: It's a shame that it can't be a floating monument/ tribute to all who served and all she saved.

Meh, useless overpriced piece of junk. Waste of hundreds of billions of dollars I say good riddance the only sad part about this is we built another farking useless overpriced piece of junk that will cost trillions of dollars over it's lifetime to replace this farking money pit.

Remember kids war machines are theft of your tax dollars, every single one of them.


0/10. it's like you're not even trying.

06 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
mark12A     
I say we band together, install some automation, and sail her to the Straits of Hormuz, and search for the Genesis Mullah

/then kill him

06 Nov 2012 10:03 AM
JohnCarter     
Only one of it's class and the longest aircraft carrier (though not largest by tonnage)

ENTERPRISE CLASS
Displacement: 93,284 long tons (94,781 t) Full Load
Length: 1,123 ft (342 m)
Beam: Overall 257.2 ft
Draft: 39 ft

NIMITZ CLASS
Displacement: 100,000 to 104,600 long tons (100,000-106,300 t)
Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam: Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)

Rest easy Big E

06 Nov 2012 10:08 AM
dewright_ca    [TotalFark]  
Can they say "Its been a long road, getting from there to here, its been a long time..."

06 Nov 2012 10:13 AM
got2av8     
It's a shame they can't reef it. It'd make a great dive spot. With everything on it glowing anyway, you wouldn't even need to carry a light.

06 Nov 2012 10:16 AM
madgonad     

got2av8: It's a shame they can't reef it. It'd make a great dive spot. With everything on it glowing anyway, you wouldn't even need to carry a light.


That would make the most amazing dive. Maybe even put some F4s or A6s on the deck (cabled down). Divers would pay BIG BUCKS to dive on something so marvelous. Drop it in 160-175' feet of water - it would instantly be in the top 10 dive attractions in the world.

06 Nov 2012 10:29 AM
Day_Old_Dutchie     
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It's a nuclear wessel.

06 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
IoSaturnalia     
Are they melting it down or are they taking the pieces to Hanford? TFA didn't say.

06 Nov 2012 10:35 AM
Callous    [TotalFark]  
I wouldn't be surprised if they are scrapping it rather than making it a museum because the design is too close to the current Nimitz class. And they don't want to take a chance that foreign intelligence is able to covertly access areas of the ship and learn too much about how to sink one.

06 Nov 2012 10:36 AM
Spade     

Callous: I wouldn't be surprised if they are scrapping it rather than making it a museum because the design is too close to the current Nimitz class. And they don't want to take a chance that foreign intelligence is able to covertly access areas of the ship and learn too much about how to sink one.


They're scrapping it because it has a ridiculous number of reactors and you basically have to cut the whole bottom of her out to get rid of them.

At best, they could save the island.

06 Nov 2012 10:38 AM
blahpers     

Arkanaut: I hope they're not redshirts.


Damn, I had the over/under at 3 posts.

06 Nov 2012 10:39 AM
Spade     

pag1107: So if they follow their current trend, the next "Big E" will be a 'phib, right?


Because we have to reserve CVN-80 to be named USS Some Goddamn Motherfarking Politician Liked By Whoever Wins Today.

06 Nov 2012 10:39 AM
emt92339     
I am proud to say that my father in-law was a plank owner on the USS Trepang (SSN 674).

Go Navy !

06 Nov 2012 11:04 AM
Nexzus     
Chief Petty Officer? They're pretty respected amongst a ships' crew, are they not? Even from the command staff?

06 Nov 2012 11:43 AM
Zombie Eater     

Nexzus: Chief Petty Officer? They're pretty respected amongst a ships' crew, are they not? Even from the command staff?


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Did somebody say CPO?

06 Nov 2012 12:02 PM
No Such Agency     
lockheed1039:
Slaves2Darkness: Langdon Alger: It's a shame that it can't be a floating monument/ tribute to all who served and all she saved.

Meh, useless overpriced piece of junk. Waste of hundreds of billions of dollars I say good riddance the only sad part about this is we built another farking useless overpriced piece of junk that will cost trillions of dollars over it's lifetime to replace this farking money pit.

Remember kids war machines are theft of your tax dollars, every single one of them.

0/10. it's like you're not even trying.


And yet he's 100% right; even Dwight Eisenhower agreed with him:

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

06 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
aspAddict     

dewright_ca: Can they say "Its been a long road, getting from there to here, its been a long time..."


I hate you so much right now....

06 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
MrBonestripper     

No Such Agency: lockheed1039:
Slaves2Darkness: Langdon Alger: It's a shame that it can't be a floating monument/ tribute to all who served and all she saved.

Meh, useless overpriced piece of junk. Waste of hundreds of billions of dollars I say good riddance the only sad part about this is we built another farking useless overpriced piece of junk that will cost trillions of dollars over it's lifetime to replace this farking money pit.

Remember kids war machines are theft of your tax dollars, every single one of them.

0/10. it's like you're not even trying.

And yet he's 100% right; even Dwight Eisenhower agreed with him:

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."


Psh. What'd Ike know?

Joking aside, while I agree with the sentiment that it is sad that we as a species need to compete for resources or in the defense of a socio-political agenda, if we don't have the weapons to defend ourselves, our resources will be seized and our own agenda will be subverted and destroyed by those who aren't as enlightened.

The problem isn't that weapons and war exist. The problem is that humans, as a species, need them to.

06 Nov 2012 12:35 PM
weiserfireman     
My wife's Uncle died on the Flight Deck of the Enterprise during the 1969 fire. He was assigned to the flight deck twin agent unit (think of it like a mini-firetruck). The last time anyone saw him alive was shortly after the fire broke out, he was spotted driving his unit into the area where the planes were burning to try and attack the fire. Then bombs in the area started exploding.

We are going to try and attend the decommissioning ceremonies.

06 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
weiserfireman     

Spade: Callous: I wouldn't be surprised if they are scrapping it rather than making it a museum because the design is too close to the current Nimitz class. And they don't want to take a chance that foreign intelligence is able to covertly access areas of the ship and learn too much about how to sink one.

They're scrapping it because it has a ridiculous number of reactors and you basically have to cut the whole bottom of her out to get rid of them.

At best, they could save the island.


They have refueled the reactors many times over the years. They have access to the reactors if they want too. But I only know of 1 former nuclear reactor that has ever been turned into a museum.

06 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
MythDragon     
Just spin the reactors up to full capacity and shut off the cooling. The ship will self-scrap.

06 Nov 2012 01:48 PM
Slaves2Darkness     

MythDragon: Just spin the reactors up to full capacity and shut off the cooling. The ship will self-scrap.


Could we at least park somewhere nobody would notice that like Kowloon Bay?

06 Nov 2012 02:34 PM
jmr61     
My Dad is a plank owner from the Kitty Hawk and I was telling him about the Enterprise yesterday. He would have loved to made that same ride on the Kitty Hawk when she was decommissioned in 2009.

'61'63 for him.

06 Nov 2012 02:39 PM
dstrick44     
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06 Nov 2012 02:56 PM
weiserfireman     

MythDragon: Just spin the reactors up to full capacity and shut off the cooling. The ship will self-scrap.


Small Pressurized Water Reactors. The cooling water is the moderator that makes the fission reaction happen. No cooling water, they shut down themselves. Because they are small, they don't have the residual heat of a commercial reactor. They kind of adapt their power output to their load too. ie, the only way to get them to full power is to have something connected to them that will use that much power. Only thing on board that uses that much power is the main engines.

You might be able to cause some core damage, but you won't get a containment breach.

06 Nov 2012 02:57 PM
ITGreen    [TotalFark]  

weiserfireman: MythDragon: Just spin the reactors up to full capacity and shut off the cooling. The ship will self-scrap.

Small Pressurized Water Reactors. The cooling water is the moderator that makes the fission reaction happen. No cooling water, they shut down themselves. Because they are small, they don't have the residual heat of a commercial reactor. They kind of adapt their power output to their load too. ie, the only way to get them to full power is to have something connected to them that will use that much power. Only thing on board that uses that much power is the main engines.

You might be able to cause some core damage, but you won't get a containment breach.


Went through Nuke School about 7 years ago, wanted to correct him but glad you did it.

06 Nov 2012 03:12 PM
Benni K Rok     

weiserfireman: MythDragon: Just spin the reactors up to full capacity and shut off the cooling. The ship will self-scrap.

Small Pressurized Water Reactors. The cooling water is the moderator that makes the fission reaction happen. No cooling water, they shut down themselves. Because they are small, they don't have the residual heat of a commercial reactor. They kind of adapt their power output to their load too. ie, the only way to get them to full power is to have something connected to them that will use that much power. Only thing on board that uses that much power is the main engines.

You might be able to cause some core damage, but you won't get a containment breach.


I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to talk that much about the reactors that still work.

06 Nov 2012 03:15 PM
Nimitz     
Would love to ride on the Nimitz one last time. Don't know If I'll live long enough to see her decommissioned.
Bravo Zulu Big E

/Plank Owning Snipe

06 Nov 2012 03:43 PM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

Benni K Rok: weiserfireman: MythDragon: Just spin the reactors up to full capacity and shut off the cooling. The ship will self-scrap.

Small Pressurized Water Reactors. The cooling water is the moderator that makes the fission reaction happen. No cooling water, they shut down themselves. Because they are small, they don't have the residual heat of a commercial reactor. They kind of adapt their power output to their load too. ie, the only way to get them to full power is to have something connected to them that will use that much power. Only thing on board that uses that much power is the main engines.

You might be able to cause some core damage, but you won't get a containment breach.

I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to talk that much about the reactors that still work.


Nothing there you can't read about at the Wikipedia page for the A2W reactor.

06 Nov 2012 04:04 PM
Kazahmish     
Now this is what really bothers me... The Enterprise is finally being decommissioned after 50 years or so right? Well the U.S.S Safeguard ARS-50 was commissioned in 1985 and decommissioned in 2007, I am a Plankowner of the Safeguard and just feel that she and her sister ships were decommed WAY before her time..

/Safeguard, First in Class.. Last to pass.. lol (other Plankowners will know that saying.. )

06 Nov 2012 05:13 PM
id10ts    [TotalFark]  
I has a sad.
Now the ship I served on is the oldest active carrier.
USS Nimitz, 1982-1986

Get off my lawn

06 Nov 2012 08:16 PM
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