Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Shine On Your Lovelight
The Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp
August 5, 2006
844 feet of tactical assault, guided missile destroying power that generates a total of 400 tons of steam per hour, with propulsion system developing 70,000 shaft horsepower, powering the ship to speeds in excess of 22 knots. Built using more than 21,000 tons of steel, 400 tons of aluminum, 400 miles of electrical/electronic cables, 80 miles of piping and tubing of various types and sizes, and 10 miles of ventilation ducting, for the comfort of the 1,075 crewmembers and 1,600 embarked troops. And for you bird lovers, it even has Osprey on it.
This paragon of United States muscle boats sat at the breakwater for four days while the crew got in some shore leave at the local festival (and a little local shagging), while the general public breathed a sigh of relief knowing that, at least, for four days, their lighthouse was safe from global terror.
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Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop (Buy It!)