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Exploring the wreck of the USS Independence

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Scientists will explore the wreck of the USS Independence off the California coast.  As you recall the wreck of the carrier was rediscovered last year.  Looking at the pics, its remarkable that much of her hull remains intact and there looks like a plane inside.

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_30277746/live-scientists-explore-wreck-wwii-aircraft-carrier-off

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Yup, fill some 50 gallon barrels (drums we call em) with contaminated materials (boots, gloves, etc... etc?) seal them inside the ship, sink her off the coast of California then "lose her". Gotta love the effective nature of bureaucracy. Ship herself survived nuclear testing, right? So toe her back to the coast and sink her... makes sense to me? 

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They did the same thing to the Saratoga in the Bikini Atoll trials, there was a shark week special called nuclear sharks that showed the Nagato and the Saratoga turned into artifical reefs with tons of life.

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I saw this on Yahoo but they didn't show the video, so thanks for sharing.  Also, I'm pretty sure the plane in the hangar in an F6F Hellcat.

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Looks nice. 

Yup, fill some 50 gallon barrels (drums we call em) with contaminated materials (boots, gloves, etc... etc?) seal them inside the ship, sink her off the coast of California then "lose her". Gotta love the effective nature of bureaucracy. Ship herself survived nuclear testing, right? So toe her back to the coast and sink her... makes sense to me? 

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Yup, fill some 50 gallon barrels (drums we call em) with contaminated materials (boots, gloves, etc... etc?) seal them inside the ship, sink her off the coast of California then "lose her". Gotta love the effective nature of bureaucracy. Ship herself survived nuclear testing, right? So toe her back to the coast and sink her... makes sense to me? 

 

The article states that the half-life of the radioactive material is 7 years, so it didn't matter in the end. Of course, it's unclear whether the navy was aware of that when they sealed the contaminated materials in drums: the scare of radioactivity was pretty big back then.

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The article states that the half-life of the radioactive material is 7 years, so it didn't matter in the end. Of course, it's unclear whether the navy was aware of that when they sealed the contaminated materials in drums: the scare of radioactivity was pretty big back then.

 

Shoot, it was still a big deal in the 80's when I was in the military. I did some NBC training, where we were told and shown dosimeters, told about the life-time total rad count, etc... but to be honest, the biological and chemical weapons back then were far scarier...

 

But if these ships/barrels leaked, you think they'd tell anyone? Nah.  

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