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Happy Holidays — Nimitz Class Carriers Deliver Presents Across the Globe, 24/7, Two Decades Later

Happy Holidays — Nimitz Class Carriers Deliver Presents Across the Globe, 24/7, Two Decades Later

by Paul Haeder / December 9th, 2013

Oh, drats, someone in my family line, in Scotland, sent me this link as an example of, quoting, great American stick-to-it gumption, superiority and bad-ass imperialism.

No wonder the Iranians want this ship (aircraft carrier) out of the Persian Gulf. This is a great example of United States of America technology, teamwork and strength in action.  Hang on for the ride!”

Yep, this is the export of America, North America, that is — a nuclear powered, $4.5 billion dollar junk-killing-droning-child-wedding party-bombing-human death toll creator.

Note the stats:

The teamwork is so well displayed, you know, American (sic) ingenuity. We have this pile of death for the price of 80 percent of our 311 million population in the USA having 7 percent of total wealth of this country so this USS Capitalism Pusher can dominate the world’s resources, the world’s countries. Whew, only the Alexanders write the history books, no?

We can’t even plow our cities’ roads, house our cities’ homeless, educate our cities’ children, tender care for our cities’ lower middle and lower poor classes.

We look like deer caught in the headlights of corporate military industrial complex fascism. This Aircraft Carrier is a wet dream of the industrialists, the lobbyists, the rotten political class, the One Percent. Well, if you watch the video, brought to us by that warped Channel, Discovery, we see that the average age of folks working on this death machine is 19 years old? Nice little cross-section of humanity as ambassadors of the continuing criminal enterprise of DoD, DARPA, NSA, WB, Mercenaries r’ Us, et al.

Amerika — I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would prop this evil ship up as some great testament to USA ingenuity. We have failing children by the millions (in a privatized education system that wants functional illiteracy for the consumer age), an obese population, a poor population, 50 percent unemployment of youth, black youth. We have idiots who make idiotic movies, TV, junk, obsolete-tech-stuff-before-leaving-assembly-line who control 93 percent of the public wealth, commons, and goods. This naval machine is an embarrassment to humanity, to everything these Christian soldiers believe their Christ could and might have been.

Talk about upsetting the money changers and merchants of death. Ya think old Jesus would just go out and christen one of these galleons of genocide?

This machine costs us how much just in dollars? Around $1.45 million per day. Forget about the bad-will this machine exports. Blowback, anyone?

  • 160 million per year just for the personnel
  • add aircraft fuel and maintenance parts, and you’re looking at closer to$400 million per year
  • add the cost of the carrier ($4.5 billion) and divide it over its lifetime (about 40 years) and you’re looking at about $530,000,000 per year which is close to $1,450,000 per day.
  • Carriers launch on average 18 times (with 18 recoveries) per day including time in port and time in shipyads.
  • That means each carrier launch costs $80,600.

Note that there are 10 of these in the USA’s little arsenal. Doing McDonald’s napkin math, well, what’s that: $14.5 million a day to run these things?

Displacement: 103,300 long tons (115,700 short tons)
Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)
Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam:   Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)
Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors; 4 × steam turbines; 4 × shafts; 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Capacity: 6,500 officers and crew (with embarked airwing)
Complement: Ship’s company: 3,200
Air wing: 2,480
Armament: 2 × Mk 57 Mod3 Sea Sparrow; 2 × RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile; 3 × Phalanx CIWS
Armor:  Classified
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters
Aviation facilities: catapults: 4; aircraft elevators: 4

Paul K. Haeder lived one-year in Seattle working for “the” SEIU (Service Employees International Union), the largest private sector union in the USA (in their pro-Obama PR materials), to organize adjuncts in Bezos-Boeing-Gates land, after having worked as a communications, language, composition, writing instructor of the freeway flyer variety in El Paso for the University of Texas, the El Paso Community College, language institutes, Park College, the US Army, La Tuna Federal Correctional Institute, Packard Electric in Juarez, New Mexico State University, and several cities in Mexico. In Washington State, he taught at Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College. He’s job hunting — at that golden age of 56 (and counting down) … just what the progressive-left-of-center non-profits in the Vancouver-Portland “area” want (NOT). He can be reached at:[email protected]Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul’s website.


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