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Liberty Ship with a nuclear reactor?

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Topic: Liberty Ship with a nuclear reactor?
Posted By: Rontini599
Subject: Liberty Ship with a nuclear reactor?
Date Posted: 18 Sep 2018 at 3:10pm
Yes--The STURGIS’ unique story began as a Liberty Ship in World War II. After the war, the vessel was converted into the world’s first floating nuclear power plant in the 1960’s. The STURGIS’ nuclear reactor, MH-1A, was used to generate electricity for military and civilian use in the Panama Canal for several years before being shut down in 1976. The reactor was then de-fueled, decontaminated for long-term storage, and sealed before being towed to the James River Reserve Fleet at Joint Base Langley Eustis, Virginia for long-term storage and monitoring.

Detailed planning for the decommissioning effort formally began in 2012 and after years of preparation and coordination with partnering agencies, government officials and other stakeholders an Environmental Assessment of multiple potential sites for the decommissioning work was completed in 2014. After award of the decommissioning project contract, the STURGIS was ultimately towed 1,750 nautical miles from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia to Galveston, Texas in April 2015 for her final decommissioning.

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