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SAN DIEGO -- Maintenance work on the aircraft carrier George Washington was continuing March 30 in waters off Japan, more than a week after it left its berth in Fleet Activities Yokosuka to escape radiation detected by the ship's sensitive equipment during a yard period.

But lingering worries about the failing Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, some 170 miles north of Yokosuka, raise questions: How long can George Washington sustain its selective restricted availability (SRA) while underway? If Yokosuka isn't available as a viable and safe yard, what other port in Japan and in the region can support a carrier that needs to finish its maintenance period? Would the Navy send its carrier out of the region, temporarily leaving the forward-deployed naval forces and return to stateside shipyards in San Diego; Bremerton, Wash.; or Pearl Harbor, Hawaii?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 06:55:55 PM EST

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