Skip to comments.US Aircraft Carrier First Nuclear-Powered Ship To Visit Malaysia
Posted on 07/02/2005 4:02:23 AM PDT by expatguy
PORT KLANG, June 30 (Bernama) -- United States aircraft carrier USS Nimitz arrived at Westport, here Thursday for its maiden call in Malaysia, the first nuclear-powered vessel to dock in Malaysian waters.
Nimitz commanding officer Captain T.N. Branch said the ship's nuclear power plants posed no radiation threat as there had never been any such incident in its 30-year service.
During that time, the ship had travelled 132 million miles, which was equivalent to 5,000 times around the earth, and called at 150 countries, he added.
Touted as the largest warship in the world, the US$4.1 billion (RM15.6 billion) USS Nimitz was commissioned on May 13, 1975.
It has two nuclear power plants for its propulsion and is more than 18 storeys high from the keel to the top of the mast.
The ship, which is manned by a crew of 3,200 plus 2,480 personnel for the air wing, carries 45 jet fighters, 12 supporting aircraft and six helicopters.
Rear Admiral Peter H. Daly, the commander of the Nimitz's Carrier Strike Group Eleven, said the crews were eager to witness Malaysian culture and people during the five-day port call.
"We are all very excited to visit Kuala Lumpur especially to see the Petronas Twin Towers," he told local reporters invited aboard the Nimitz for a tour organised by the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
He said the main purpose of the port call was to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the US and Malaysia.
Helicopter pilot Second Class Petty Officer Kortney Backer, 22, said she was glad for the opportunity to visit Malaysia and it was a relief to be on land again after a long voyage.
Auspiciously coinciding with the the 4th of July and the grand opening of "Danny's All-American Gourmet Hotdogs" - the US Nimitz is now in town for the first time ever!!
Ya'll are all invited down!! If you know anyone aboard the USS Nimitz tell them to come on down to Hartamas Square in Sri Hartamas for some down home real authentic Texas cooking and Ice Cold beers!!
I've been up all night cooking a few extra pots of Chili Con Carne so hopefully we will have plenty for everyone who shows up!
ya I got 12,054 miles a day as well. Somebody's figurin is off.
Please PING all your lists!
If you know someone on the Nimitz, "Hartamas Square" in Sri Hartamas is about a 15 minute taxi ride from downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is also on the entertainment districts in the area and close to Bangsar as well.
I promise to get pictures of our troops enjoying some real down home American and Texas cooking away from home this 4th of July!!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO EVERYONE!
Best wishes on your launch!
No, I just think it's part of the Navy's rapid deployment force. LOL!
I almost forgot please let people know that we open at 6pm so don't come during the day time.
Here it is :-(
Believe me when I say they looked much better in person.
Lovely young beautiful stewardesses eating hotdogs!
LOL! "Me love you long time" - now THAT'S culture!!
What ? No sateys ?
I'm joining the US Navy!!!
LOL -$5 dallah, Joe?
The ONLY thing missing is Ball-Park Style nachos made with Velveeta and Ro*Tel - and we have Kraft Foods to thank for that fiasco since they so far won't ship me any cheese over here.
now now - thats not nice
They look adorable. In my next life I want to be you.
One would hope that they'll be paying greater attention to the ships' security. One "Cole" was more than enough.
What that mean? (I knew post #10 would backfire!!)
At continuous sea duty with ZERO ports of call, that is 12,054.8 miles in one day. With 24 hours in one day, that is 502.3 miles per hour.
Damn, now that is high tech! No wonder the U.S. wanted to keep some specs classified. OK you Ruskies and Chicoms, let's see you build a Nimitz Class carrier that can beat ours--say, 503.3 miles per hour!
Remember that movie with Kirk Douglas on the USS Nimitz? No wonder there was a time warp in that movie.
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