You might have seen and heard of parking lots near shopping malls, sports stadiums, near buildings and other places, but have you ever heard of parking lot floating in the middle of the ocean?
Believe it or not, there is a rarely seen parking lot in the middle of the ocean at the deck of a carrier, and it is said to be the most expensive parking lot in the world.
The world's most expensive parking lot is at the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The deck of the carrier has lots of vehicles belonging to 3,000 sailors. Parking at a cost of $4.5 billion, the carrier is certainly the world's most expensive parking lot.
The giant ship carries 3000 sailors in Bremerton; the ship's new home port. The sailors bring their cars with them which gives a bizarre display on board the deck.
This may sound odd but it is actually a common practice for the sailors. In fact, this phenomenon turns out to be a lot cheaper and an easier way of transporting vehicles. The sailors and US Navy also save tons of money by parking cars on the ship. If US Navy doesn't transport the vehicles to their final destination through ship, then they would have to pay for transportation, which would cost them more.
The carrier is known for carrying enormous fighter jets and the weight of the cars does not cause too much load on the ship.
The giant nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was first launched in March 2001 and the home port of the ship was NAS North Island Coronado, California. Since 2001, the ship has been involved in various key missions, which includes assistance to the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan.