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United States Navy, SSN-774 Virginia-class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, build since 2000 as a replacements for the Los Angeles-class and complement to the very expensive Seawolf-class, 13 boats have been completed, out of a planned total of 48. 

Characteristics

Displacement: 7,900 metric tons (7,800 long tons)
Length: 377 ft (115 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Propulsion: S9G reactor 40,000 shp (30,000 kW)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h) or over
Range: unlimited
Endurance: Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.
Test depth: +800 ft (240 m)
Complement: 135 (15:120)

Armament

12 × VLS (Tomahawk BGM-109) tubes
4 × 533 mm torpedo tubes (Mk-48 torpedo)
38 × torpedoes & missiles (torpedo room)

So since ya’ll like the rich people drama, let me tell ya’ll a story about my dad’s spite, because he’s great

So this fancy neighborhood full of rich people ofc has a lake. On the lake is a marina where you can keep your expensive pontoon boat for use on said lake. 

The marina is fairly small, there’s maybe room for 50 boats max. 

There are far more than 50 rich people with boats in the neighborhood. Competition for a marina slip is fierce. There’s a waiting list a mile long and people wait for YEARS. and the people at the top are all suspiciously the same class of people like likely bought their way up. 

If you don’t have a slip to keep your boat in, you can’t keep it on the lake and you have to haul it in and out of the water every time you wanna use it. pain right. So fierce competition. 

My dad happens to have a pontoon boat. He’s not rich, we’re not rich, it was from ages ago when he half-bought it with a friend who also lives in the neighborhood to share. That person moved and just gave dad his half of the boat ages ago. 

Dad hasn’t used the boat for years, since he’s been busy raising my brother and I as a single dad. 

So there it sits. unused.

Taking up a precious marina slip. blasphemy.

Infuriating the snobby people 8D They see a covered, unkept boat (who actually has time to clean that thing…) and wonder WHY that person is taking a PRECIOUS SLIP SPOT

Why doesn’t he sell the boat, you ask?

Well, for one, whoever buys the boat doesn’t get the slip spot. It would go instead to whoever was next on the sacred list. So whoever bought the boat would have to haul it out of the water. Which is a pain my dad doesn’t want to deal with. 

But, the REAL reason is… my dad is a creature of spite.

He doesn’t like the people on the top of the slip list. They don’t like him (we’re generally disliked by our neighbors and the homeowners association bc after my mom died we didn’t have the money or status to live there anymore - my dad can’t spend thousands to pay someone do do his landscaping and make it rich people pretty, some of the exterior of the house is deteriorating and he can’t afford to fix it but GASP IT MAKES HIS HOUSE UGLY AND THAT’S NOT FAIR TO THE NEIGHBORS!!! HE’S MAKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD UGLY!!!)

So basically my dad has left the boat in place solely to take up a slip and piss people off who have been waiting years for it. And he doesn’t even use it LOL


There was also that time the boat came untied (ropes were years old) and his boat went traipsing around the lake all by itself until someone posted on the facebook page about the rogue boat and dad went out and got it. Walked it by a rope back to the marina LOLOL (it doesn’t run under its own power anymore).


So long stupid story but I love how my dad is a creature of spite