The first Picture shows the beginning and end of WWII. The Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.
The letter below is from my brother Russ a great guy, a great Realtor and a Marine.
A family member sent this article of the USS Reagan. In the back ground you will see the Arizona Memorial what you don't see is the Missouri moored just to the left of the Photo. Essentially at this location is the beginning and the ending of WWII. Pearl Harbor attack and the signing of the surrender of the Japanese on the decks of the Missouri. I hope we never forget.
Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective. ENORMOUS
Just thought some of you that don't realize what it takes to run a ship this size might be interested in the facts.
Please read about the USS Reagan. Also notice the respect that they give the Arizona Memorial when passing it.
This is absolutely beautiful!
USS REAGAN PASSING THE ARIZONA MEMORIAL
When the Bridge pipes "Man the Rail" there is a lot of rail to man on this monster. Shoulder to shoulder around 4+ acres. This doesn't give her displacement but it's about 100,000 tons with full complements.
- 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
- 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 b y Mrs... Nancy Reagan
- May 5, 2003 First underway
- July 12, 2003 Commissioned
- July 23, 2004 Arrived at home port in San Diego, CA
- 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).