The first nuclear powered and longest and oldest(50 years old!) active aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) of the US Navy will soon retire and is to make its last voyage.See USA Today.
Further information from the free and open online encyclopaedia:
Wikipedia on USS Enterprise which gave the following condensed information:
|Class and type:||Enterprise-class aircraft carrier|
|Displacement:||93,284 long tons (94,781 t) Full Load|
|Length:||1,123 ft (342 m)|
|Beam:|| 132.8 ft (40.5 m) (waterline), 257.2 ft (78.4 m) (extreme)|
|Draft:||39 ft (12 m)|
|Propulsion:||8 × Westinghouse A2W nuclear reactors|
|Speed:||33.6 kn (38.7 mph; 62.2 km/h)|
|Range:||Unlimited distance; 20-25 years|
It was first commissioned on 25 November 1961!
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We would be happy if all weapons will be retired someday, but this is a chaotic world. We are glad the USA did not use its power to dominate by military force. That shows it si a really great country.
We are not suggesting that the Philippines will get a hand-me-down aircraft carrier. There are no qualified sailors to handle such soon to be retired beast.And the current atmosphere in the military is how to make money fast while still in active service.
The presence of Aircraft carriers and nuclear powered submarines is just one reason why the US Navy may not need to basing in the Philippines. It is not subject anymore to the vagaries of "nationalists" politicians. We know that the Americans have bases in Diego Garcia, Japan, Korea. Playing the world policeman is taxing and the US may fin itself too tired to play the role.
Incredible testament of the reliability of its nuclear propulsion plant: there was no publicly published "accidents " in its active lifetime!