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USS Nimitz CVN-68 in drydock — incredible photos

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USS Nimitz CVN-68 in drydock — incredible photos
Posted by Miles Prower on Sunday, December 23, 2018 8:39 AM

Wow, these are the most incredible photos I've seen of an aircraft carrier. Seen from below waterline, the scale and perspective are out of this world. The Nimitz looks more like a grounded spacecraft than a ship!

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, December 23, 2018 3:11 PM


Those photos are really beautiful, plus they are a treasure for a modeller! I like the guy crawling through the propeller shaft opening in the propeller the best.

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 11:36 AM

Great photos and a beautiful ship.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by PFJN on Friday, December 28, 2018 7:01 PM


Thanks for the link.  Those are great pictures.


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Posted by keavdog on Friday, December 28, 2018 9:19 PM

Thats cool.  I would have thought a big carrier would have a deeper draft (proportionally).

Swapping the prop on a carrier... BIG job!



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Posted by cwalker3 on Sunday, December 30, 2018 5:52 AM

Maybe I overlooked something but I don't see how it's being supported.



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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, December 30, 2018 5:41 PM


If you look at several of the photos (especially the side one, about half way through the article) you will see numberous stacks of large wooden blocks spaced to fall along the main webframes of the ship all along the keel.  In addition you can also see additional "side block" stacks locaterd to port and starboard away from the center keel, in the 2nd and 3rd images in the article.

The total number of blocks is calculated for the ship, based on its likely worst case loading and the crushing limits of the wood used, among other things.  In general though, the surface area of all those block towers are enough to support the entire weight of the ship, and with them located under the main keel and webframes of the ship the pressure forces are distributed throughout the ships main structure when sitting on the blocks. Stick out tongue


PS.  For reference here is an image of a different drydock, showing similar block stacks for some other ship, prior to the dock being flooded and the ship being brought in.


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Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 5:33 PM

My question on the blocks is; what keeps them from moving as the ship is moved into drydock and the water is being pumped out?

I remember reading a book on the USS Washington BB-56 going into drydock under her own power and the Captain backed her down full and knocked all the blocks down. Oops. 


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