Nuclear Navy Ships

by Project Censored

Student Researchers: Stephanie Smith and Caitlin Morgan

Faculty Evaluator:

Most new large U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships would be required to be nuclear powered under the National Defense Authorization Act for 2009.¬†¬†Expanding the use of nuclear technology as a form of propulsion puts our sailors at risk.¬†¬†The vessels‚Äô position in combat can‚Ķvary from a ‚Äėstand-off‚Äô over-the-horizon location to be being moored to a pier in a combat zone.¬†¬†‚ÄúShifting‚ÄĚ amphibious assault ships to using nuclear power might make them potentially less welcome in the ports of countries with strong anti-nuclear sentiments and reduce the number of potentially suitable location for forward-homeporting the ships, undermining the ability to actually use them.¬†¬†Another issue involves nuclear proliferation.¬†¬†Military reactor fuel can reach 90 percent enrichment level.¬†¬†That is atomic bomb-grade.¬†¬†This could make reactor maintenance sites at U.S. bases in ports around the world a tempting target for any thief intent on making weapons-grade fuel for a bomb.¬†¬†A U.S. Navy website confirms that such ships are designed to get in harm‚Äôs way.¬†¬†If one of these amphibious ships is hit, or has an accident, we would be fighting a tide of radioactivity on beaches that could leave them contaminated indefinitely.

‚ÄúNuclear-Powered Amphibious Assault Ships?‚ÄĚ Karl Grossman, CounterPunch 7/30/08¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
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