Aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines
Embarked nuclear reactors are used for the propulsion of submarines, aircraft carriers and ice breakers, thereby guaranteeing their ability to travel alone. Their fuel is highly enriched in fissile uranium or plutonium. These vessels can go for years without needing to stock up on fuel, as their compact on-board reactors can generate immense amounts of power. In France, the Navy’s depleted fuel undergoes reprocessing in a special section of the La Hague facility.
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