The Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by J.J., Jul 6, 2009.

  1. J.J.

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    Went to Freo this arvo to have a look at the US Nuclear Aircraft Carrier which is currently parked at Gages Road. We were there just before sunset and decided to stick around for an hour or so as the sun went down to try to get a good sunset shot. I'm not overly happy with the set I ended up with. I also now know I'm getting a fish bowel effect (correct term eludes me) with my 18-55 IS set to 18mm, causing the horizon to be correct level at the two sides of the image, but curved down in the middle.

    The carrier wasn't that far from shore, but far enough to not get any really decent shots even with the 55-250 IS. Harsh shooting directly into the sun on most of the shots too.

    Here's the results. Good or bad, perhaps someone will be interested.

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    J.J.

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    I also stitched together these 5 images to form a pano of the scene at the given time. I'm posting it to show the scene as the eye would see it. As for panos go, yes it ended up coming out rather bland and uninspiring. One of these days I will get a scene that will come across as a pano that will be "that's pretty nice!".

    *Edit* Just realised I didn't re-crop the pano! My bad!

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  3. borimor

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    I really like it. Very good. Good to see good shots from Kit lens?
     
  4. buism

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    Tis a shame they don't dock the carriers in sydney and let people on anymore :mad:
     
  5. lsk

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    Any reason why they dock so far, security yeah?
     
  6. buism

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    Most probably... with terrorists in melbourne and all
     
  7. itsmydamnation

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    no, it will be displacement/size issues, the docs at garden island aren't that big
     
  8. LabRat

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    I thought it was due to the nuclear powerplant, and/or the sheer size of the carrier?
     
  9. looktall

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    some aircraft carriers dock in fremantle harbour, but most of them are simply too large to fit.
     
  10. Clarisworkz

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    This ship is the USS George Washington, 332 Metres long, and it's 13 metres shorter than the Queen Mary 2, which is 345 Metres, and the QM2 fits easily at the Fremantle Wharf. (although the QM2 does have a much more sophisticated manoeuvering system)

    The Carrier has a draft of 37ft compared to the QM2's draft of just 33ft, so it may not be deep enough at the dock, although I remember someone saying it was 60ft deep there.

    The Washington is a Nimitz Class Carrier, but it's also nuclear (CVN-73), which is probably why it was parked out on Gages Road.

    I have no idea why they order CVNs to stay out on Gages Road. If the thing blows up, it'll still irradiate all of Perth, all the way to Kalgoorlie etc.

    I suspect though, it's just to keep the anti-nuke dingbats placated. :weirdo:

    Good photos though J.J.

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  11. Annihilator69

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    Fremantle docks are huge, they can fit pretty much any ship.

    Fremantle council introduced law that prohibits nuclear devices in its zone.
    So they're not allowed to dock as it has a nuclear power-plant. The support ships are docked as they're diesel.
     
  12. looktall

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    maybe something to do with the displacement?
     
  13. Clarisworkz

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    It's what Annihilator69 said. It's a nuke ship ... So no parkies at wharfie ..

    :lol:

    This photo is related to this thread. I spotted this taking off from Perth Airport this afternoon. It's a US Army or RAAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, heading north for somewhere. I spotted it at the last moment and rushed to get my camera, and just managed to snap a shot of it. Not the greatest shot, but it'll do.

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    Need a decent tele converter hehe :)
     
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    Fremantle council must have some kiwis running it... (not only will NZ not contribute an airforce to ANZUS, they won't even re-supply nuclear ship/subs)
     
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    Umm - the USS GW has a displacement (mass) of just over 100K tons, the QM2's displacement is only 76L tons. The QM2's gross tonnage value of nearly 150K tons is a measure of its internal volume not its mass.

    The USS GW is therefore approximately 25000 tons heavier than the QM2.
     
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    yeah it was p. cool when I was a kid, some carrier came to perth and they let us go up to the top of the tower
     
  18. Walshy

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    You sure it wasn't one of the Aussie ones?

    We get to see them a bit around here, seeing as they're based at RAAF Amberley. I was doing some work out that way the first week they arrived, and got to watch one doing touch & go circuits. I'd take the camera out, but apparently the RAAF security guards don't much like people with cameras parking outside their fence, for some reason... :rolleyes:
     
  19. Clarisworkz

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    You are correct. My bad. I misread the Wiki article :)

    I didn't even know we had them :confused: So yeah, it could have been an RAAF one, but I would assume they would use RAAF Pearce Airbase, not Perth Airport (unless Pearce is too small for them). But it was quite a distance away, and the photo doesn't show any markings. So I edited my earlier post to be wishy-washy :D

    Not surprising heheh :lol:
     
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    I don't know if I mentioned it but the little one (eg the escort/destroyer/little one with the big guns) was parked at the dock at the e-shed markets. Same dock that the QE2 parked at if I'm not mistaken. I didn't get any shots as I was too cheap to pull over for 10 mins and pay for parking. I only swung by on my way to get a look at the carrier. Actually, I'm not even sure how close I could have gotten to the destroyer. Freo does suck for parking and getting close to ships at the e-shed markets.
     

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