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Navy Says Movie Premiere Cost 'Nothing'

Tuesday, 22 May 2001 12:00 AM

Rear Adm. Steve Pietropaoli told reporters that it cost less to send a nuclear carrier out to sea than it to tie it up at a dock, where it must tap into the local power supply to maintain its operations. At sea it generates its own power.

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and its crew of about 4,000 sailors conducted an already scheduled four-day sea training mission but ended up in Hawaii for the Monday premiere of the Disney movie Monday.

Pietropaoli said the Navy would have been paying the sailors' salaries and the ship's operating costs for the training exercise no matter where the vessel went. He joked that the Navy was doing California a favor by unplugging the ship from the power grid.

The Pentagon expressed only pride and excitement about its involvement with the $100 million movie.

The premiere took place Monday evening on the newly red-carpeted deck of the massive carrier berthed in the harbor made famous by a surprise Japanese air attack on Dec. 7, 1941. That attack, which killed 2,280 military personnel and 68 civilians, propelled the United States into World War II.

"We think the movie is historically accurate. We think it pays great tribute to the courage and heroism of the men and women that were involved," said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley. "And for all of those reasons, we said yes a long time ago to participating in the production of the movie.

"We're very proud of the way that the men and women in the movie are depicted. And last night's world premiere, we looked at that as a great event for - again, to pay tribute to those that were actually a part of Pearl Harbor 60 years ago … we're very pleased with the event last night and very glad we did it."

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