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The US Navy is looking at scrapping the ‘Big E,’ the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, at a private shipyard

Jake Epstein  , Insider 22 Aug 22,

  • The US Navy is thinking about how best to scrap its first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise.
  • It is looking at sending it to a private shipyard given existing maintenance demands and challenges, a new report shows.
  • Washington state’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard has historically handled disposing of nuclear-powered naval assets.

……………………………………….Washington state’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) has historically managed the disposal of nuclear-powered ships, but a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesperson previously told Insider that other work could delay the process for years.

The Bremerton shipyard might not be able to even start work on scrapping the ex-Enterprise until sometime between 2030 and 2040, according to The Kitsap Sun, which first reported the plans.

…………………………… “The workforce of the public shipyards of the Navy has been under tremendous pressure to execute their primary mission of maintaining the operational fleet,” the report said, explaining that letting a private shipyard handle the scrapping work would keep the Navy yard “focused on high-priority fleet maintenance work and submarine inactivations.”…………………. https://www.businessinsider.com/us-navy-considers-scrapping-first-nuclear-powered-carrier-private-shipyard-2022-8

August 22, 2022 - Posted by | USA, wastes, weapons and war

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