How can you tell when you have too many aircraft carriers? Possibly, when you start using this expensive hardware for sporting venues.
On Nov. 11, 2011, the Veteran’s Day Carrier Classic basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State will be played on an aircraft carrier in San Diego harbor. Either the USS Ronald Reagan or the USS Carl Vinson is expected to host the first ever collegiate basketball game on a warship. The USS Carl Vinson was recently in the news as the ship from which Osama bin Laden was buried at sea.
Carrier Classic could be played on ship that buried bin Laden at sea
The US Navy has twice as many aircraft carriers than the rest of the world combined. Based on the acreage of the flight decks, the ratio jumps to five times. Nimitz class carriers like USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Carl Vinson each cost about $4.5 billion dollars to build. As basketball courts go, that is very expensive.
Thanks to Irwin Bryan for the passing the article along.