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    If it came down to it, an old obsolete...

    If it came down to it, an old obsolete supercarrier would be better than none at all, and a hell of a lot cheaper than building a new one from scratch.
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  2. Anyone read "Glimpse of Hell" about the Iowa explosion?

    Reading it now. Incredible piece of journalism. The depth of detail is just stunning, and then the way it's all cobbled together into a compelling read is a real feat of writing.

    Most shocking...
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    How can she be that out of date when she was a...

    How can she be that out of date when she was a forward deployed carrier less than a decade ago? Maybe I'm getting old, but 2008 doesn't seem like that long ago. Hell I'm using the same laptop I did...
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    Navy to dismantle the ex-USS Kitty Hawk

    Why would the Navy insist on dismantling the Kitty Hawk, when there are numerous groups that want to make her into a museum? Personally, I think they're nuts not to keep her in reserve. If the sh*t...
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    RIP Dick Landgraff (RustyBattleship)

    I didn't see anything posted here other than a quick reference to Mr. Landgraff's passing in the "Ask An Expert" thread

    I never knew Dick, but I was always so impressed by his wealth of knowledge...
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    Hi Rusty. Big fan. In fact I just ordered your...

    Hi Rusty. Big fan. In fact I just ordered your book! It's arriving on Monday (Revision B). I thought I recall you mentioning on these boards that all reactivation-related requirements had since been...
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    I believe in fact Wisconsin and Iowa are required...

    I believe in fact Wisconsin and Iowa are required to keep the hulls in such a state that the vessels could be returned to service in an emergency, as unlikely as that is.
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    Actually the Iowa hulls are in great shape. Iowa...

    Actually the Iowa hulls are in great shape. Iowa and Wisconsin particularly, since they were in reserve status for so long. Missouri just got a dry docking, and the New Jersey is in fresh water.
  9. Sticky: Anyone with "inside knowledge" know if the Trump...

    Anyone with "inside knowledge" know if the Trump admin is looking at any of the Iowas? They're looking at reactivating some Perry frigates, maybe even the Shitty Kitty. Trump did say on the campaign...
  10. From the Showboat's website. Q: With...

    From the Showboat's website.

    Q: With construction of the cofferdam are there provisions being made to be able to get the Ship out of the cofferdam and into the river if necessary? Such as locks or...
  11. How would they scrap the North Carolina?

    Not that I'm suggesting it, but since the Navy threatened to take possession and dispose of her if the folks in Wilmington couldn't bring the hull repairs under control, what would they have done?
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    Sticky: So the Navy could care less if these ships are...

    So the Navy could care less if these ships are cut up into razor blades, but they can't abide the prospect of one of the ship's historic pieces of equipment being displayed on her deck? It just makes...
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    Sticky: I really don't understand this. The article says...

    I really don't understand this. The article says the restrictions come from the Navy. What the heck does the Navy care what is on the deck of a battleship they never intend to return to service? And...
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    Sticky: I was reading the below post re: the return of a...

    I was reading the below post re: the return of a 40mm mount to the New Jersey, and I found this sentence confusing.

    "The Quad 40 cannot be remounted on a ship because the Navy has a strict...
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    Sticky: Have you all seen the articles about the Navy...

    Have you all seen the articles about the Navy possibly reactivating some ships from the mothball fleet? They're talking about how difficult it would be to modernize Perry class frigates that were...
  16. Sticky: At what level is this being discussed? Would love...

    At what level is this being discussed? Would love some more details o this.
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    Sticky: Okay...I'm NOT trying to resurrect the old...

    Okay...I'm NOT trying to resurrect the old "should we reactive the Iowas" dead horse - BUT I have a question that is more of a fun thought experiment for the experts.

    Trump did express some...
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    Sticky: Do the other 3 ships use saltwater, or do they...

    Do the other 3 ships use saltwater, or do they just not run as much AC?

    I guess I meant if that lunatic Trump gets elected and tries to reactivate some battleships (which is not beyond...
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    Sticky: So the Missour is in the best material condition...

    So the Missour is in the best material condition of the 4 because of air conditioning? I was thinking more about the (remote) possibility of needing to be returned to service. They obviously wouldn't...
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    Sticky: What did your new director do to violate the...

    What did your new director do to violate the donation agreement?
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