This is not really a nautical story, which is why it is amusing. The Billings Gazette reports that “the Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States. Before passing House Bill 85 by a voice vote on second reading, lawmakers struck out language directing the task force to study Wyoming acquiring strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.” (Emphasis added.)
Wyoming is the least populated state in the nation with a population of under 600,000 people. It is also wholly landlocked, being 2/3 mountainous and 1/3 high plains. The nearest ocean, the Pacific, is 800 miles away and the state on average is about 6,700 feet above sea level.
Contingency planning is fine, but I am glad they cut the aircraft carrier.