- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Would it be possible to use the nuclear generators aboard an American aircraft carrier or submarine to provide electricity to Port-au-Prince? Cdr. Herb Carmen, Best Defense‘s pirates columnist, points out an interesting precedent — in 1929, when the city of Tacoma, Washington, couldn’t generate enough hydroelectricity because of a severe drought, the USS Lexington hooked up and powered the city for a month.