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Backgrounder: Main force& armament in US-ROK joint drill

07-23-2010 14:49 BJT

The joint military drill between US and ROK has a total combat radius of 1,000 km, with approximately 20 ships, 200 planes and 8,000 personnel participating.


There're approximately 20 ships including aircraft carrier, surfaceships and submarines.

(1)Aircraft carrier:

  USS nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington (CVN-73)

George Washington (commonly known as GW) is 333 m long, 78 m wide and 74 m high.

 The super carrier can accommodate approximately 80 aircraft and has a flight deck 18,000 m² in size, using four elevators that are 360 m² each to move planes between the flight deck and the hangar bay. With a combat load, GW displaces almost 99,000 t and can accommodate 6,250 crewmembers.

Her four distilling units can make 400,000 U.S. gallons (1,500,000 L) of potable water a day; her food service divisions serve 18,000 meals per day. There are over 2,500 compartments on board requiring 2,520 refrigeration tons (2.1 MW) of air conditioning capacity (enough to cool over 2,000 homes).

 The warship uses two Mark II stockless anchors that weigh 30 tons each, with each link of the anchor chain weighing 160 kg. She is currently equipped with two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts and two Sea Sparrow SAM launchers.

USS nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington (CVN-73)
USS nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington (CVN-73)

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