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#1 The Navy won't be the Navy without an Enterprise. I hope the next one off the line carries on the name, assuming there is a next one.
I'm not real fond of the current carrier naming convention, and it seems especially wrong to name any ship or sub after someone who's still alive.
Posted by PBMcL 2012-10-21 02:30||
#2 I'm not real fond of the current carrier naming convention, and it seems especially wrong to name any ship or sub after someone who's still alive.
Believe me, that last part is easily taken care of...
Posted by Waldemar Mussolini7721 2012-10-21 03:50||
#3 How about naming aircraft carriers after departed vice presidents like the USS Lyndon B. Johnson, or USS Gerald R. Ford
Posted by Waldemar Mussolini7721 2012-10-21 03:53||
#4 Brcae yourselves for USS Obama. Hope it is not a cerrier but a barge.
Posted by JFM 2012-10-21 06:05||
#5 "Hope it is not a carrier but a barge garbage scow."
Posted by Barbara 2012-10-21 09:19||
#6 How about naming aircraft carriers after departed vice presidents like the USS Lyndon B. Johnson, or USS Gerald R. Ford
I will discuss with Senator Stennis and my friend Senator George and find the money.....
Carl Vinson ---- Lord Gawd on Highest from Georgia.
And a cousin
Posted by Shipman 2012-10-21 09:53||
#7 Side note, my Great Uncle Bill's farm adjoined Walter Georges near beautiful Vi Ein Ya Georgia. I attended his funeral as a toddler and wondered about all the damn fuss. A major warship or a new State should be named in his honor.
Posted by Shipman 2012-10-21 09:58||
#8 bring back the Constellation name! CV-64 sponsored my Little League team back in the 60's - 70's at Chula Vista Park View LL (National Champs 3 yrs ago)
Posted by Frank G 2012-10-21 09:58||
#9 Have a hard time understanding the story's stetment about breaking up the Enterprise when there are at least 3 oil burning CVs sitting in Bremerton (Ranger, Independence Hawk, Connnie). I would think that even if it were placed in reserve, it would be better to have a nuke available, unless the timeline to replenish the reactor is the critical path.
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-10-21 11:23||
#10 From an old SNL episode:
Captain's log, final entry. We have tried to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. And except for one television network military branch, we have found intelligent life everywhere in the galaxy.
Posted by newc 2012-10-21 12:41||
#12 The next two:
Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) (2015): scheduled to replace Enterprise (CVN-65).
John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) (2020): scheduled to replace Nimitz (CVN-68).
Posted by tu3031 2012-10-21 12:43||
#13 USN ret.... it's not just one reactor... it's 8. ONR don't like no museum ships and especially no leaky museum ships.
So it's good nite nurse for her. :(
Posted by Shipman 2012-10-21 12:47||
#14 And yeah, a long time ago, the USN built a carrier with 8 reactors, just for the sheer joy of scaring the living shit out of everyone who ain't peaceful like.
Seriously it should be isolated while we look for the Yamato, raise it and prepare them both for launch.
Posted by Shipman 2012-10-21 12:51||
#15 USN Ret,
Sadly, Shipman is right. Enterprise was built with eight reactors, six of which were decommed years ago (which shows you just how powerful those reactors were, BTW). Unfortunately, these were also pretty much first generation shipboard reactors - and they have...um...issues. Nothing fatal or violating USN nuclear regs, but sufficient that over time it's only gotten worse. Keeping Enterprise available would cost a fortune even by DOD standards, and even then there's no guarantee that she could stay available. The reactor and machinery issues are also the reason that she can't stay as a museum - the reactors and steam plant would have to be removed first, and that involves first cutting a giant hole several decks deep. Even sending her to glory in a SINKEX - and she would give honorable, valuable service that way - is out for the same reasons.
With a little luck, the idea of saving her island - or part of it - will make it, along with a lot of artifacts. But we've got to face the fact that she's gone. With a little luck, LHA-8 will carry her name (the most recent rumor I've heard).
Posted by Mike Kozlowski 2012-10-21 13:01||
#16 My one and only encounter with carriers was the Enterprise. In the late 70's I kinda knew what they were. Former roommate married a sailor that had served on her. I found it incredulous that 5,000 people lived on a boat.. (At that time, didn't know there was a difference between boat and ship...)
We were on a 52' boat, coming into St. Thomas. I had gone below to shower and get ready to go ashore.
DH walks into the stateroom and tells me to look out the port hole -- I do --- and gasped. See that deck hanging over? He had waited till we were mid ship -- it seemed we were under it... Huge, and startling....
I asked "What is that?" Former Marine hubby tells me, "It's the Enterprise and not your Star Trek variety...."
It was intriguing for the next 24 hours, learning of life on the Enterprise.... the comings and goings...
Posted by Sherry 2012-10-21 13:46||
#17 to Mike and Ship: thanks, but i can still dream , huh?
one of the few CVs i didn't get a chance to step aboard.
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-10-21 18:43||