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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wasted electrical power!!

The USS Enterprise (CVN 65) returns from her last deployment today.  In December, she will be decommissioned  and if the past is an indicator, scrapped!  That's right, SCRAPPED just like the USS Long Beach, USS Arkansas,  USS California, and a few more Nuclear powered cruisers and many nuclear powered submarines!

Yes, the USS Enterprise has served 50 years!  But the little known face is, the Navy spent millions of dollars refueling the ship just s few years ago.  That's right, all eight nuclear reactors has enough fuel to power the USS Enterprise for the next twenty years with fuel left over!  But, the politicians, in uniform and in $5000 Brooks Brother's suits, want to decommission her!  They believe we have to many Aircraft Carriers!

This morning, my wife came up with a great idea.  Why not tie the USS Enterprise up in some coastal city and use the remaining fuel in the Nuclear Power Plant to put electricity into the grid!!  Whenever the Navy talks about a ship's power plant to civilians, they talk about it in terms of powering a small or medium city.  OK Navy, put your ship where you mouth is!   Now many of my readers are much smarter than I am and could probably come up with a plan to do this. And I challenge you to do just that.

Now, I am not talking amount a permanent floating power barge.  But a temporary one to be used until we build more nuclear power plants or other types of electrical generating plants.  We could use the power generated by the USS Enterprise as a "spring board" to the future!!  A stop gap power source to help us become "Energy Independent"!

The power available on the USS Enterprise is already bought and paid for!!  Yes, there will be maintenance costs, but they pale in the face of the amount of energy that will be wasted if we scrap this national treasure.

So, I offer this idea to anyone that WILL act upon it.  Call your Congressman, Senator, write the President, and tell them about this idea!  One of your super smart folks figure out ow many barrels of foreign oil this idea would save and tell the Politicians that fact!!

It is time for new ideas.  Ideas that have not been tried a hundred times with the same disappointing results.  The idea my Wife has is a great idea that has the distinct ability to help America.  Some one PLEASE start the ball rolling!!


  1. Behind every good Master Chief is a wife with great ideas. Not a new idea but a great idea.
    Maybe you, with your wife's help can resurface it. I think the approximatly $875 million it will cost to scrap her would go a long way to turning her into a disaster relief ship. Probably a lot less than sending active duty ships to disasters as we always do.

  2. I think behind every great man is a supportive and brilliant wife

  3. As a former nuke electrician who served on Big E, I can tell you that the electrical systems (voltage difference between ship and shore) just won't jive to allow us to send power back that way. Do you have the data on EFPH remaining on those cores?

  4. EFPH no idea. Did you get a chance to go to the site http://www.sendtheenterprise.org/ Still think they have a good idea.

  5. wow that's crazy and a good point why don't they use the remaining energy in the grid it's kind of stupid and a waste of energy

  6. Seems like a good idea. A shame to waste all that potential power. A couple of minor corrections, though. The Big E has NOT been "decommissioned". She was "deactivated". She won't be decommissioned until after the nuclear fuel has been removed.

    The ship was designed to last 25 years, and went 50. That's great, but she's in TERRIBLE shape now, and has to be removed from service.

    She has to be torn apart to remove the reactors and the surrounding compartments. She won't be in any condition to be re-assembled after that.

    From a former Big E crewmember.