USS Midway, San Diego

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cheapchippy on July 20, 2012

I served aboard HMAS Melbourne a 20,000 ton displacement carrier / vessel but this was something else. (70,000)....Originally it was built 45,000 tonnes but grew over her lifetime... extra fuel tank capacity was one reason.

Here are some statistics that are quite extraordinary:

It is the longest serving Carrier in U.S. Naval history that served from the end of WW2 up until and including Desert Storm.

Imagine 4500 men packed inside a floating city 1,000 feet long and less than 300 feet wide!

Midways barbers gave more than 13,000 haircuts every month (sailors were expected to get a trim every 10 days)

Six galleys cooked 13,500 meals per day whilst as many as 1000 loaves of bread were cooked each night.

She set the record in 1973 for being at sea for 327 consecutive days.

The ship burned up to 250,000 litres of fuel per day in a massive power plant generating 212,000 hp and enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 1 million could bull its way through the ocean better than 33 knots.

Each of her 4 propellers weighed 22 tonnes each and measured 18 feet across.

Each of her 2 anchors weighed 20 tonnes...each chain link weighing 130 pounds.

On the 4.2 acre flight deck,(3 and 1/2 inches thick) affectionately known as Steel Beach,2 steam driven catapults sent jets thundering off the bow from 0 to 170 mph in 2 seconds!!!

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