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Subject: u.s.s virginia
rwporter    7/2/2007 9:50:53 PM
did the nuclear powered virginia have a helicopter hanger? if so where was it and is there pics of it in operation?
 
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gf0012-aust       7/2/2007 9:56:35 PM

did the nuclear powered virginia have a helicopter hanger? if so where was it and is there pics of it in operation?

no, and not allocated any aircraft.

there are publicity shots of her with a Sea Knight on her fantail.
 
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Yimmy       7/3/2007 10:14:44 AM
I liked the old American large nuclear cruisers.  They always looked cool in my books. 

Why did America move away from the nuclear carrier escort?


 
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Herald1234    Democrats.    7/3/2007 10:26:16 AM
Herald
 
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Softwar       7/3/2007 11:09:10 AM
 
In 1984, she entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for her single major overhaul and was converted to the Navy's first strike cruiser with the addition of the Phalanx CIWS, Tomahawk missile and the SM-2 extension of her surface to air capability. During this overhaul, the aft helicopter hangar and elevator were removed and the space refitted.

A victim of the Clinton administration's budget cutting, she was decommissioned relatively early and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 29 November 1994, VIRGINIA entered the Navy’s Nuclear-Powered Surface Ship and Submarine Recycling Program on 31 March 1999.
 
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On 21 April 2000, CGN-38's status on the Naval Vessel Register was changed to "Disposed of by Recycling". This means the process of removing the reactor compartments and disposing of the rest of the ship has been completed. The reactor compartments were shipped to Hanford for long term storage; the disposition of the rest of the ship is unknown.

 
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