2 New carriers

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  1. Two New Aircraft Carriers




    When the Bridge pipes 'Man the Rail' there is a lot of rail to man on this monster: shoulder to shoulder, around 45 acres. Her displacement is about 100,000 tons with full complement.


    Top speed exceeds 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refuelling

    1. Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years

    2 Carries over 80 combat aircraft

    3. Three arresting cables can stop a 28 - ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet


    1. Towers 20 stories above the waterline
    2. 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
    3. Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
    4. 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds
    5. 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
    6. 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 sq ft capacity
    7. Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
    8. Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
    9. 18,150 meals served daily
    10. Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2,000 homes
    11. Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones
    12. 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets
    13. Costs the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation
    14. Costs the Navy approximately $25 million per day for underway operations (Sailor's salaries included).


    Sunday, October 18th 2009 The Royal Navy welcomed the latest member of its fleet today. The HMS Gordon Brown set sail today from its home port of Skegness .



    Sunday, October 18th 2009 The Royal Navy welcomed the latest member of its fleet today. The HMS Gordon Brown set sail today from its home port of Skegness .

    The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to Prime Minister Brown for his foresight in military budget cuts and his conduct while Prime Minister.

    The ship is constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminium and is completely solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots. It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft which, although they cannot be launched or captured on the 100 foot flight deck, form a very menacing presence.

    As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board.

    The 20 person crew is completely diversified, including members of all races, creeds, sex, and sexual orientation.

    This crew, like the crew aboard the Severn Ferry, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of Britain at all costs!

    An on - board Type One DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find Britain offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may seem hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.

    The ship's purpose is not defined so much as a unit of national defence, but instead in times of conflict, the HMS Gordon Brown has orders to seek refuge in Blackpool.
    The ship may be positioned near the Labour Party Headquarters for photo - ops.
    The Browns should be very proud.
  2. Never a truer word said in jest!!!
  3. Hands to flying station!!!!! Single launch :lol: :lol: :lol:
  4. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    and btw is not the Reagan in Pearl in this photo? - I think that's the December 1941 sunken BB USS Arizona abeam to port under that canopy.

    One could quite seriously ask why US ships and their engineering can be planned to last half a century when I don't think any of ours have done that since we gave up making them out of wood.
  5. This one's lasted since 1939:


    Ok, so she's not moved under her own power since 1963, but still.

    The old Counties were getting on for 40 when they left Chilean service. And the Peruvian's kept the BAP Ferre (ex-HMS DECOY) in service until 2007. She originally commissioned in 1953.

  6. It was sent to me by her indoors's cuz, thought he would be taking the piss.

    Well spotted hawaiiiii indeedy


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