Nuclear powered?

December 6, 2010

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KOREA-NORTH/As the nuclear powered USS George Washington headed out of Korean waters back to Japan, oil traders said the US Navy was seeking a medium-range oil tanker to

U.S. Navy to ship jet fuel from Japan to Korea

The Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday that South Korea was planning more military drills as the nuclear powered USS George Washington moved out of Korean waters back to Japan.

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The director of the National Intelligence Service, Won Sei-hoon, told a parliamentary committee meeting the North was likely to attack again once a U.S. flotilla, led by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, had left the region after military maneuvers with the South.

I was wonder why you, Associated Press and seemingly all other news organizations seem to always make a point of referring to the USS George Washington as a ‘nuclear powered’ aircraft carrier.

Currently, all US aircraft carriers are nuclear powered, as are most of the US Navy’s submarines. It seems odd as we don’t state ‘the gasoline powered Chevy Malibu’ or ‘the diesel powered USS Missouri.’

It’s one of those things that appears to me, as both a reader/viewer of your articles and as a journalist myself (albeit not as a reporter but as a photojournalist), that’s it’s placed there to bring attention to the fact that it’s nuclear, even though that in itself is not a newsworthy fact as the standard seemingly cannot be newsworthy by definition.

I look forward to hearing your opinion on this.

Erin W.

I take your point, but in my experience technology and what people widely know about technology are two very different things.

I suspect a number of readers still consider this news. At some point we’ll drop it, but I don’t think we’re there yet: GBU Editor

A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet comes in to land on the U.S. Navy’s USS George Washington aircraft carrier during joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea in the West Sea November 30, 2010.The nuclear-powered USS George Washington, which has 75 warplanes and a crew of more than 6,000, is taking part in around-the-clock drills in waters west of the Korean peninsula but well south of the sea border disputed by the North. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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We do not have, and never have had, a “diesel powered USS Missouri”.

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