There were two breakers yards not far from where I live. Both have been out of business for over twenty years and the yards still have not been cleared of all the contaminants. Sure did pick up some good "shit" from their retail sales activities, though.
Think back to the ex-US Navy rustbuckets towed across the pond to Scotland for scrapping. Last I heard, red tape has prevented the operation starting and the ships are so unstable as to prevent them being returned to The Colonies . . . and sinking in mid-ocean is not an option, either.
In the case of USS ORISKANY, the sanitization process took many months if not a year or more.
I've just watched that video and find it quite sad that an old war horse like the Guam should suffer such an ignominious ending. I noticed she took a lot of punishment before she finally capsized and sank though.
I just can't help feeling there are plenty of more appropriate methods of weapons testing. For example we could pick random 3rd World Nations and drop / fire /brass up explosive shit on them. After all, no one but a few Guardian journos would notice, or give a fuck, and it would be so much more satisfying than throwing overseas aid at the cunts.
To be honest, seemed like a waste of armaments to get rid of a ship. In the hands of any RN Commodore, rating's dick in hand, chart out of view and a big pile of rocks, i.e landmass, any ship, boat, whatevr has had it.
Tow her up the Thames and moor up in a nice spot, bit of paint, turf some of the flight deck and turn in to little appartments on inside. Allocate a spot to each MP/Lord. No more second home nightmare for expenses.
Send it to the Falklands, moor it up with a shit load of those massive anti aircraft chain guns (phalanx ? ) pointing at the Argies !
Members of "them" can use it as a top secret sneaky beaky base to launch recces from to search for Adolf Hitler in South America.
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