By lex, on September 24th, 2010
Over in Naahfuk, ** Big “E” turns 50 today, just a few weeks sooner than your humble scribe:
Fifty years ago today the largest dry dock in the world filled with water from the James River, setting afloat the world’s largest ship and first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
At 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 1960, Mrs. William B. Franke, wife of the Secretary of the Navy, smashed a bottle of champagne across the bow of the USS Enterprise as the rushing seawater freed it from its last keel block.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Arleigh A. Burke told some 12,000 guests at the christening ceremony that the 1,101-foot Big E was “the largest ship ever built of any kind by any nation,” containing the most powerful nuclear power plant ever constructed anywhere in the world.
Yard president William E. Blewett Jr. paid tribute to the thousands of workers who “labored with imagination, skill and pride to build a vessel worthy of its name.”
Today, the Enterprise sits across the harbor at Naval Station Norfolk, preparing for two final, six-month deployments before it’s decommissioned in 2012.
Meanwhile, here in Sandy Eggo:
The San Diego-based USS Freedom — the first of the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) — has experienced a propulsion problem for the second time in less than six months and will have to undergo an engine replacement.
“High vibration indications were discovered in the starboard-side gas turbine engine while the ship was operating off Southern California,” said Commander Jason Salata, a spokesman for Naval Surface Forces, San Diego…
Freedom, which was designed and built by an industry team led by Lockheed Martin, is the first in a new class of vessel that is supposed to give the Navy greater ability to carry out missions in shallow waters, especially missions that require fast propulsion.
The Government Accountability Office issued a report earlier this year that says that Freedom was deployed too early, that it has suffered from a variety of design problems, and that the vessel has had difficulty safely launching smaller boats and unmanned systems during testing.
GAO also cited problems with Independence, the second LCS ship. Independence is schedule to operate out of San Diego.
We don’t make ‘em like we used to.
** 10-10-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.