War Machine Transformation
Nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived off the coast of Port-Au-Prince on January 15th to aid in the humanitarian efforts in Haiti. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier deported from Norfolk, Va. picking up other helicopters, equipment, support, and personnel en route to the coast of the Caribbean nation. As part of its relief efforts, the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) has been able to transform its war technology and use it to produce nearly 400,000 gallons of purified water each day by separating sea salt from the water by a process of evaporation using the excess heat produced from the carrier’s nuclear reactor.
While production for the non-salinated water has already begun, the mission faces challenges of containing the water and transporting it into Haiti, although delivery of the purified water is currently in progress via helicopter.
Image "Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)" by Ian Vaughan courtesy of Creative Commons on Flickr.Tweet