Watering the lawn on the Kitty Hawk

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) tests its flight deck counter measure wash-down sprinkler systems (CMWDS). The CMWDS provides a blanket of water protection to the exterior of a ship during a chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) attack. Currently under way in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy’s only permanently, forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (RELEASED)


  1. When people bitch about defense costs – how much does it cost to put a sprinkler system in your lawn? Oh! you want it on a few acres of steel deck. And the sprinkler heads need to survive the deck traffic……. How many other thousands of mission necessary little doofers are there on a carrier that we never think nor know about when thinking about costs? Good lesson in this image!

  2. And in an emergency, such as a crash and fire, they can pump foam thru that system. Mod after the Enterprise, Forestal and Oriskany fires…

  3. My old Birdfarm…warms my hart. Rip: DJ has it partly correct. The main reason the are there and the rest of our ship is for wash down after a nuc/bio/chem attack

  4. Makes me think of the USAF’s aircraft carrier – it needs sprinklers, sand rakes and grounskeepres. http://www.donaldsensing.com/Pix/0502/USAF_1st_Aircraft_Carrier.jpg