Wednesday, June 17, 2015

USS Reagan facts

USS REAGAN PASSING THE ARIZONA MEMORIAL

Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective...................ENORMOUS

Please read about the USS Reagan. Also notice the respect that the crew gives the Arizona Memorial  when passing it.

This is absolutely beautiful!


When the Bridge pipes "Man the Rail" there is a lot of rail to man on this monster: shoulder to shoulder, around 4.5 acres.  Her displacement is about 100,000 tons with full complement. 

Capability

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


Size

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




Dates  

  • Dec 8, 1994 Contract awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding      
  • Feb 12, 1998 Keel laid     
  • Oct 1, 2000 Pre-commissioning Unit established   
  • March 4, 2001 Christened by Mrs. Nancy Reagan    
  • May 5, 2003 First underway     
  • July  12, 2003 Commissioned    
  • July  23, 2004 Arrived at home port in San  Diego , CA    



Capacity   

  • Home  to about 6,000 Navy personnel   
  • Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days     
  • 18,150  meals served daily     
  •  Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes      
  •  Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400  telephones   
  •  14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets   
  •  Costs  the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation  
  •   Costs  the Navy approximately $2.5 million per day for underway operations (Sailor's  salaries included).  

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