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
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 by 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).