> A nuke drive is optimized to do one thing: propulsion. You'd have to get the
> sub into a drydock, and interface a watertight generator to it, then
> dump it back into the sea, so it can frolick in sufficient coolant.
> I don't think trying to operate a nuke in a drydock only cooled by
> water pumps is a good idea.
I think "the plan" is more of a facetious attempt at humor than an
actual plan. But in either case, I don't believe that you're
correct here. A nuclear submarine does not have a "nuclear drive"
optimized for propulsion. It has a nuclear power plant which
generates electricity to run a motor drive, period. It *is* a
generator. It's not steam powering or water powering any kind
of direct drive equipment, simply providing electricity.
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