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Subdeacon Joe

Under The Nimitz

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The fact that USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is the Navy's oldest operational aircraft carrier really ages you. Following the early retirement of USS Enterprise(CVN-65), America's supercarrier fleet is all Nimitz class, but that will change once the atrociously expensive USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) actually enters operational service. In the meantime, Nimitz has been receiving some much needed TLC up at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington as part of a nine month long planned incremental availability maintenance period.

 

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6 hours ago, Sixgun Sheridan said:

That hull looks really good for a 40 year-old ship.

Yes it does.

 

Found on the hull.

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14 hours ago, SOUTH-PACIFIC,SASS #59402 said:

spent time under her inspecting her screws that is one large craft i was a diver

Screws are  36 Ft. in diameter 60,000 lb. Naval bronze.

I was stationed on the Nimitz from April76 to June 1980. I was part of the crew that made them screws spin. Chief Machinery Operator qualified in both main machinery rooms.

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35 minutes ago, Dustin Checotah said:

Screws are  36 Ft. in diameter 60,000 lb. Naval bronze.

 

 

What is the diameter of the shaft?  And the bore on the screws? And that keyway in the screws...about 5 inches wide and 3/4 inch deep?

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23 hours ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

 

 

What is the diameter of the shaft?  And the bore on the screws? And that keyway in the screws...about 5 inches wide and 3/4 inch deep?

Subdeacon Joe

 

The dia. of the shaft is about 36 inches. I never measured them as to the bore  That I don't know. The screw size is what we were told in Fam & I. Fam & I is familiarization and indoctrination. I believe all enlisted personnel on the ship get that. I can tell you that the shafts are hollow steel with sand in them. That is also from Fam & I.  I was qualified on all the watch stations in the engine rooms. But I mostly stood the CMO (Chief Machinery Operator) watch. That is the engineroom supervisor watch where I had 1-Shaft alley patrol, 1-Messenger, 2-Engineroom upper level, 2-Engineroom lower level, 1-Turbine generator, 1-Distilling unit watch. With me it was 9 people to run the engineroom for normal operations. All this on an E-4 pay.   

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16 minutes ago, Dustin Checotah said:

Subdeacon Joe

 

The dia. of the shaft is about 36 inches. I never measured them as to the bore  That I don't know. The screw size is what we were told in Fam & I. Fam & I is familiarization and indoctrination. I believe all enlisted personnel on the ship get that. I can tell you that the shafts are hollow steel with sand in them. That is also from Fam & I.  I was qualified on all the watch stations in the engine rooms. But I mostly stood the CMO (Chief Machinery Operator) watch. That is the engineroom supervisor watch where I had 1-Shaft alley patrol, 1-Messenger, 2-Engineroom upper level, 2-Engineroom lower level, 1-Turbine generator, 1-Distilling unit watch. With me it was 9 people to run the engineroom for normal operations. All this on an E-4 pay.   

 

 

Thanks, Dustin.   Seeing that guy crawling in the screw to clean out the keyway got me wondering.  

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