American Ingenuity Convert the USS Enterprise CVN 75 into Small Modular Reactors

Richard McPherson, LCDR US Navy (Ret)

Using American Ingenuity convert the USS Enterprise CVN 75 built with hard earned taxpayer money in the 1950’s and maintained with taxpayer money for 55-years using its 50,000 plus tons of steel and other metals into thousands of Small Modular Reactors for American energy and economic security for the next 60 plus years.

A 56-page Government Accountability Organization (GAO) study dated August 2, 2018, “Aircraft Carrier Dismantlement and Disposal: Options Warrant Additional Oversight and Raise Regulatory Questions” (GAO-18-523), stated, “Dismantling and disposing of the ex-USS Enterprise nuclear aircraft carrier may cost the Navy more than one billion…we suggested that Congress consider action to resolve this.”  The GAO contact is: Shelby S. Oakely 202-512-4841 Oakeley@gao.gov

This presents Congress, the Navy, Department of Energy and private sector the opportunity to convert the USS Enterprise CVN 75 into thousands of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) providing carbon free electromagnetic pulse (EMP) protected electricity both domestically and as an export product to offset America’s trade deficit, while denying other countries using American commercial nuclear power technology to dominate the international market for nuclear power.

The opportunity to take advantage of iron ore, copper and other metals mimed in 1950s, paid for by taxpayers to build the “Big E” and then pay to maintain her for over 50-years.  The opportunity to demonstrate sustainability and over a 100-years of amortizing taxpayer funds... the SMRs would be around another 60 plus years providing American jobs and secure carbon free electricity for Americans.

It is the opportunity to build new modern forging capabilities and capacity America needs to compete globally creating American products employing America workers and not increased dependence on foreign sources.  Moor the “Big E” at the site of the first of four new environmentally controlled robotic melt and forging facilities to turn out 24-SMRs annually, in the, Northwest United States, Virginia tidewater area, or up the Mississippi River over 50-miles away from the Gulf of Mexico.  Bring other aircraft carriers to the other three sites.

After the September 11, 2001 attack on American, a group was bought together to identify and study ways to protect America’s critical infrastructure.  Electricity and commercial nuclear power were the highest priority.  By 2010, the need for small modular reactors along with new melt and forging facilities in the united states was identified.  Now that capability can be realized.                      

During part of his 20-years of Naval service, Richard McPherson, was the first Regular Overhaul (ROH) Manager of 121-ships for Commander Cruiser Destroyer Force Pacific (COMCUDESPAC); attached to the Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) Fleet Propulsion Examining Board (PEB), where he participated in 149 examinations; as a member of the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), were he participated in 30 inspections of surface ships, including aircraft carriers, submarines and the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle “Mystic”, plus was a member of the Ship Efficiency Committee of the American Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).  Richard also participated in Phase 1 Design Reviews of the NuScale Power small modular reactor; the first one to be submitted to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for certification.