U.S. Navy Commissions its latest Carrier: USS George HW Bush, CVN-77 (genghis)
Correction: The USS Kitty Hawk is still an active hull but is due to be decommissioned on January 31st, at 10a.m. at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, Washington (state). Thanks to XBradTC and Buck Naked for the schooling. Should be a nice addition to the collection they already have there. To see the whole decommed fleet parked there, do a Google Earth search for "Bremerton, WA."Some details (about the former president) from the Washington Times story:
”Mr. Bush, 84, is a decorated Navy pilot in World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Bush, who was then 18, decided to join the Navy. After finishing his 10-month course, he became the youngest naval aviator to that date.” “Mr. Bush flew the Avenger torpedo bomber in combat from the carrier USS San Jacinto. He nearly lost his life during an attack on enemy installations near Chichi Jima in September 1944, when his plane was hit by enemy fire and heavily damaged. Nevertheless, he completed a strafing run on the target before bailing out of the doomed craft.” “Mr. Bush parachuted into the sea and was rescued by the Navy submarine USS Finback.” “Mr. Bush flew 58 combat missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation, which was awarded to his squadron based on the USS San Jacinto.”
Wimp. The carrier is the 10th and final Nimitz-class carrier. The Wa Times story does manage to goober one sentence though:
”The aircraft carrier will be the 10th and final Nimitz-class sub and the ninth in the Navy's fleet.”
Or maybe they didn’t? The Nimitz-class is awesomeley awesome, but how long have they had this stealthy underwater capability? I’m guessing they really had to beef up the catapults to launch through the mass of water. The next generation of carriers will be the “Ford-Class,” currently under the CVNX program. The first one will be, of course, the USS Ford,CVN-78. More info on that here. For a complete list of all U.S. Naval assets and statistics, go visit The Naval Vessel Registry. Looks like it needs to be updated a little since the Kitty Hawk is still listed as an active hull. Finally, something to keep you occupied while you drink yourself to sleep this evening. Since carriers are now being named after former U.S. presidents, each ship tends to adopt a nickname that sorta’ relates to something or other that president uttered, his foreign policy etc. Example: The Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is nicknamed by its crew “The Big Stick.” In the comments, you’re encouraged to think of new nicknames for ships based on any president (including the future USS Obama), whether or not they have a carrier named after them already or not. Former President Carter is kind of an anomoly in that he has an attack sub named after him. Not sure what the nickname is, but it’s probably not “Peanut” or “Malaise.” Perhaps there will be prizes offered for the most creative nickname. And for all the current and former Marines who read this ”smart military blog,” a little something for you below the fold in case you feel like the “sqids” are getting are getting all the attention today. (I have no dog in that fight…I’m Army stock).
The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy has an embedded clause in it that also forbids any member of The Village People from coming withing 1000 yards (or fathoms) of a US naval vessel.
Posted by: xgenghisx at 07:27 PM
1 IIRC, ShittyKitty hasn't been decommed yet. Should be shortly.
Posted by: XBradTC at January 10, 2009 07:30 PM (YxTXL)
2 What, no Cher video?
Posted by: alexthechick at January 10, 2009 07:31 PM (xUOXi)
3 Funny stuff about the USS Carter.
I'll say this much about USS Peanut, the crew's probably the most badass squids outside of the SEALs, largely because of the "A Boy Named Sue" rule.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2009 07:34 PM (MKNSy)
4 From the desk of Markos Moulitsas:
CVN-XX George W. Bush: The Oppressor of Freedom Fighters
Posted by: David Gillies at January 10, 2009 07:37 PM (9RPWx)
5 "USS Kitty Hawk is expected to be decommissioned at 10 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 31, 2009, in Bremerton,
USS Jimmy Carter's motto...Semper Optima ("AlwaystheBest")...what a fucking joke
Posted by: Buck Naked - Pron Star at January 10, 2009 07:40 PM (utes0)
6 How about: Prudence?
Posted by: starboardhelm at January 10, 2009 07:40 PM (SgSfB)
7 Meh, figure I'll be a submarine..."The Blue Dress"
Posted by: USS Clinton at January 10, 2009 07:41 PM (Am6n/)
8 Just think, if the Swimmer had been elected in 1980, the USS Ted Kennedy could have been nicknamed the "Oldsmobile 88".
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2009 07:42 PM (MKNSy)
9 USS George HW Bush's nickname: The LipReader!
Posted by: pendejo grande at January 10, 2009 07:42 PM (tlpWV)
10 Thanks for the heads-up on the Kitty Hawk guys...for some reason I thought it had been decommissioned already. I'd always wondered why the Navy kept it around (as the only conventionally powered carrier in the fleet) until I read that it was because it's home port was in Japan, and they get a little fidgety about all things nuclear.
Posted by: genghis at January 10, 2009 07:44 PM (1XErj)
11 Unca Ted may have a ship named after him yet. After all, those cocksuckers control all three branches now. If we do then the Ruskies ought to name one of their subs the Mary Jo and sink that fucker at the bottom of some ocean trench.
Posted by: pendejo grande at January 10, 2009 07:45 PM (tlpWV)
12 The USS Obama won't be a ship since it'll walk on water.
Posted by: JavaJoe at January 10, 2009 07:47 PM (Am6n/)
13 But...but...but, I was a hero, too...
Did I tell you I was in Vietnam?
Posted by: John F. Kerry at January 10, 2009 07:47 PM (Tq7Eu)
14 So I went and read the wiki article on this place.
And following the wiki rules of truthyness.....
Ace is a black female landscape artist, who enjoys carriage rides in the fall, and has a knack for quoting Margaret Atwood at length.
That about right?
Posted by: Kestrel♠ at January 10, 2009 07:47 PM (10kar)
15 From the 2008 election cycle, a few "what ifs"
USS Richardson "The Beard"
USS Edwards "Big Daddy"
USS Dodd "The Friend" Angelo would have been proud
USS Clinton "The Bitch"
USS McCain "The Amnesty" because "Maverick" is too easy
USS Obama "Uhhhh"
and of course,
USS Palin "The Cuda". Obvious of course, but of all the above, it's the only one that has a hope in hell of actually happening.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2009 07:51 PM (MKNSy)
Posted by: toby928 at January 10, 2009 07:54 PM (PD1tk)
17 (blank comment so the comments return to active naval status)
Posted by: genghis at January 10, 2009 07:55 PM (1XErj)
18 Thanks for giving me credit, genghis...
Posted by: Buck Naked - Pron Star at January 10, 2009 07:57 PM (utes0)
19 For Carter's, how about "The Church Lady." He is a nagging scold.
Posted by: PJ at January 10, 2009 07:57 PM (fyFnu)
20 USS Obama - "The Bitterly Clinging"
Shitty Kitty? I thought it was called the Shitty Hawk?
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 07:58 PM (RLBRw)
21 USS Obama - "The 10 Years"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 07:59 PM (RLBRw)
22 USS Clinton - "The Big Mac w/ Fries"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:00 PM (RLBRw)
23 I have it on good authority that the unofficial nickname of the USS Carter is the "rabbit." (Google it, youngsters).
"..completed his strafing run and then ditched into the sea." Funny how I didn't know this until today. Must be he didn't make a movie (PT 109), run on his service (Kerry), or make hero ad's (McCain).
Bob Dole has an impressive service record also, but he won't even talk about it.
Posted by: Robert at January 10, 2009 08:02 PM (VotgB)
24 My intel sources tell me that submersible carrier uses some hot new Asgard technology that just beams the planes right into the air.
Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 10, 2009 08:02 PM (Z0HFQ)
25 USS Clinton - "The El Camino" or "The El Camino Astroturf".
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:03 PM (RLBRw)
26 [quote]Since carriers are now being named after former U.S. presidents[/quote]
Just prior former military Presidents so far, with the excetption of Reagan, who played military in movies and as President kicked ass like a military General/Admiral!
Posted by: Oxrock at January 10, 2009 08:05 PM (Vkmv1)
27 USS Clinton - "The Meaning Of Is"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:07 PM (RLBRw)
Fucking liberals can go eat horse shit. Iam looking for "Thank You, President Bush" yard sign. I came upon a sign with Barbara Bush (the mother) that says "Don't blame me, I wanted an abortion." I really hate these fucks.
Posted by: Ginger at January 10, 2009 08:07 PM (nsb+C)
29 I think the USS Jimmy Carter might be nicknamed "The GDU."
Posted by: Jimmy at January 10, 2009 08:07 PM (/Ft4q)
30 USS Clinton - "The Chubby Chaser"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:07 PM (RLBRw)
USS Clinton - Domino's (for "special delivery" of pizza like Ms. Lewinsky)
Posted by: phreshone at January 10, 2009 08:09 PM (oH2N4)
USS Jimmy Carter-
Nickname: the "Hey! We Didn't Ask to be on This Son of a Bitch!"
Posted by: WonderWartHog at January 10, 2009 08:09 PM (LVT6e)
33 USS Obama - "The 57th State"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:10 PM (RLBRw)
34 The problem with the CVN Clinton is you know its going to go down.
Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 10, 2009 08:10 PM (Z0HFQ)
35 USS Obama - "The Bus"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:11 PM (RLBRw)
"The Chubby Chaser"
There's your winner.
Posted by: Hurricane Mikey at January 10, 2009 08:12 PM (OmIEH)
37 USS obama- Why did we fucking name a ship after this asshole?
Posted by: Ginger at January 10, 2009 08:12 PM (nsb+C)
38 I had a perfect name for the USS Obama until I read on and saw that "The Big Stick" was taken. Although that probably would work for the USS Cheney too, now that I think about it.
Posted by: Shivv at January 10, 2009 08:13 PM (00mcl)
39 USS Jimmy Carter - "The Killer Rabbit"
Posted by: Watcher at January 10, 2009 08:15 PM (5WfVo)
40 Actually, for the USS Clinton, "You might wanna put some ice on that" could be a pretty effective motto, for the attack squadron, if nothing else.
Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at January 10, 2009 08:16 PM (8MuSQ)
41 USS Obama:
The Media Deception
The Chicago Way
Posted by: phreshone at January 10, 2009 08:19 PM (oH2N4)
42 The USS Jimmah Cahrtah - "The Pepsi Syndrome"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:19 PM (RLBRw)
43 USS obama- God damn America
Posted by: Ginger at January 10, 2009 08:25 PM (nsb+C)
44 USS Carter - "The One Term Only"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:30 PM (RLBRw)
45 USS Carter - "The Eagle Claw"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:32 PM (RLBRw)
46 Another wild Saturday night in the Pizza household. Sigh.
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:33 PM (RLBRw)
47 USS Jimmy Carter - " Rat-a-tat-tat for Humanity"
Posted by: Satch at January 10, 2009 08:33 PM (zfa9P)
48 USS BARRY OBAMA-Unproven Technology
Posted by: CDR M at January 10, 2009 08:36 PM (TJoU6)
49 or USS Barry Obama-Tallest ACORN
Posted by: CDR M at January 10, 2009 08:38 PM (TJoU6)
50 The USS Cheney:
* "The Third Leg"
* "The Biggus Dickus"
* "The Go Fuck Yourself Leahy"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 08:38 PM (RLBRw)
51 USS Clinton - "The Bent Stick"
Posted by: Nurse Cheri at January 10, 2009 08:38 PM (cz6lG)
52 We have GOT to name a carrier after Andrew Jackson...
Posted by: Herve Feirstein at January 10, 2009 08:40 PM (DBS+D)
53 USS Clinton: "The Loather"
Posted by: ELLIOT at January 10, 2009 08:40 PM (OrWlf)
54 USS Barry Obama-Peace Through Teleprompters
obviously a riff on USS Ronald Reagan (finest ship I have served on!) where their motto was Peace Through Strength. Skipper used to rag on us if we used the term "Double R".
Posted by: CDR M at January 10, 2009 08:40 PM (TJoU6)
And Bush 41 didn't even puke on anyone.
I think we need more presidents who vomit on more foreign heads of state.
Posted by: Tinian at January 10, 2009 08:43 PM (Ohodx)
56 It would be fun if they built an icebreaker and named it after the Goracle.
Posted by: CB at January 10, 2009 08:45 PM (9Wv2j)
57 Supposedly, when "In the Navy" was new, Navy brass briefly considered using it for a recruiting jingle, until they had the subtext explained to them.
Posted by: Saladman at January 10, 2009 08:45 PM (O8gZQ)
58 USS William Jefferson Clinton, an attack sub. Nicknamed: The Stogie.
Posted by: Enoxo at January 10, 2009 08:45 PM (HsWhf)
59 I don't know about nicknames, I just see a "friendly fire" clusterfuck between the USS Obama and the USS Clinton (s).
Posted by: Methos at January 10, 2009 08:47 PM (aBPT+)
60 I think your spelling is on the sqids...
Posted by: richard mcenroe at January 10, 2009 08:54 PM (DBS+D)
61 Chez Pizza, when I was stationed at NASNI in the mid to late '80's we had the Danger-Ranger, The Connie and the Shitty Kitty.
Posted by: thebronze at January 10, 2009 08:56 PM (cwNXc)
62 Oh, and I was attached to the Drift Wood for a short time, too.
Posted by: thebronze at January 10, 2009 08:58 PM (cwNXc)
63 Reagan served in the US Army, prior to the war he enlisted in the Reserves.
After completing fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve on April 29, 1937, as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry at Des Moines, Iowa. He was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937, and on June 18 was assigned to the 323rd Cavalry.
Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time on April 18, 1942. Due to his nearsightedness, he was classified for limited service only, which excluded him from serving overseas. His first assignment was at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation at Fort Mason, California, as a liaison officer of the Port and Transportation Office. Upon the approval of the Army Air Force (AAF), he applied for a transfer from the Cavalry to the AAF on May 15, 1942, and was assigned to AAF Public Relations and subsequently to the 1st Motion Picture Unit (officially, the "18th AAF Base Unit") in Culver City, California. On January 14, 1943 he was promoted to First Lieutenant and was sent to the Provisional Task Force Show Unit of This Is The Army at Burbank, California. He returned to the 1st Motion Picture Unit after completing this duty and was promoted to Captain on July 22, 1943.
In January 1944, Captain Reagan was ordered to temporary duty in New York City to participate in the opening of the sixth War Loan Drive. He was re-assigned to the 18th AAF Base Unit on November 14, 1944, where he remained until the end of World War II. He was recommended for promotion to Major on February 2, 1945, but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17 of that year. He returned to Fort MacArthur, California, where he was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945. By the end of the war, his units had produced some 400 training films for the AAF.
Although not a combat hero (and an un-fucking-believable one at that) like Jimmy Stewart, Reagan did his part.
Oh, go to Wikipedia and read about Jimmy Stewart and his military service.
Posted by: metoothen at January 10, 2009 09:03 PM (ZrWTE)
64 USS Obama - "The Tin Tacik" (This Is Not The Aircraft Carrier I Knew)
USS Clinton - "The Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 09:04 PM (RLBRw)
65 USS Clinton - "The Clenis"
Posted by: thebronze at January 10, 2009 09:07 PM (cwNXc)
66 A USS John McCain III wouldn't be inappropriate, regardless of his political dickery, being as how both his grandfather and father both had ships named after them (A Mitscher-class DD and an Arleigh Burke-class DDG, respectively. And besides, Stockdale had a Burke-class named after him as well. My bet for a nickname would be either "Mav" or "Maverick," or quite possibly "Creepy Ol' Grandpa." As for class of vessel, my guess would be Zumwalt-class DDG, LCS, or whatever's replacing the Perry-class FFG.
I'd also like to be the first to suggest the Rumsfeld-class Super Star Destroyer (i.e the 17-km long doohickie that Darth Vader zips around in in Empire).
Also, for the USS Bill Clinton-"Big Willy"
Posted by: Hoss Fuentes at January 10, 2009 09:08 PM (QWAKu)
67 "Press On" Motto of USS Kitty Hawk,CV63.
I served in her as a member of Attack Squadron One Four Seven around the World 3 January to 30 June 1987. So long old girl.
Welcome to the Fleet George H.W. Bush. You have a high standard to meet.
Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at January 10, 2009 09:09 PM (6B9w8)
68 <i>The Clenis</i>
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 09:10 PM (RLBRw)
69 A USS John McCain III wouldn't be inappropriate
Only if it were an UNREP or hospital ship. It shouldn't carry weapons, because he never attacked either - at least as a politician.
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 09:15 PM (RLBRw)
70 Che-Or, if we do want to address said political dickery, it could be a dedicated OPFOR platform for exercises.
Posted by: Hoss Fuentes at January 10, 2009 09:20 PM (QWAKu)
71 There already is a USS Jimmy Carter in commission, btw.
Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth at January 10, 2009 09:24 PM (wgLRl)
72 USS Obama - "The Fighting Arugula"
USS BJ Clinton - "The Battling Bubba"
USS Hillary Clinton - "The Tuzla Tiger"
USS George W. Bush - "The Liberator"
Posted by: sherlock at January 10, 2009 09:24 PM (8V5Ut)
73 it could be a dedicated OPFOR platform for exercises.
I'm concerned that it wouldn't even put up much of a simulated fight. That wouldn't be good training - unless we were preparing for the French.
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 09:29 PM (RLBRw)
74 Heh, I just glanced at the "recent comments" on the main page. Two USS Clinton comments are surrounded by viagra spam. There's something appropriate about that..
Duh, USS Clinton="The Viagra"
Great comment by Ginger for all the world to see, too.
Posted by: Methos at January 10, 2009 09:35 PM (aBPT+)
75 USS Obama="The Great Black Hype"
(reversal on the whole 'magic negro' thing)
Posted by: Methos at January 10, 2009 09:36 PM (aBPT+)
76 Che-Yeah, but McCain can almost always be guaranteed to fight like hell against fellow Republicans on his pet issues if he knows it'll get him more media coverage. We'll see if he does that this Congress or if he learned his lesson (in my gut, I rather doubt it). Or to put it another way, he's more likely to fight his own side rather than the opposition. Perfect for OPFOR, but not so great for real world.
Posted by: Hoss Fuentes at January 10, 2009 09:38 PM (QWAKu)
77 USS Obama...The Paper Tiger The Paper Unicorn
USS Clinton...The Red Nosed Predator
USS Hillary...The Business Suited Bitch
USS George W. Bush...A Ship that CAN Fight
USS Carter The Plain Asshole from Plains or The Honorary Palestinian or the USS Arafat,Jr.
Posted by: Enter sandman at January 10, 2009 09:38 PM (zxaA2)
78 USS Obama, home of the Rezko Raiders or the Battling Blagos...
USS Michelle Obama... aka, The Fighting Evander Holyfield
USS Barney Frank...no nick name or motto, it'd be the ONLY sub in history where the crew was recruited for going down...and bragged about for being full of semen seamen...
Someone should have already made that joke, ya'll are slacking off tonight.
Posted by: Enter sandman at January 10, 2009 09:44 PM (zxaA2)
79 USS Rumsfeld="The Ship We Have"
Posted by: Methos at January 10, 2009 09:45 PM (aBPT+)
80 Carter's vessel has got to be nicknamed "The Fighting Rabbit." (or the "Mad Hare")
Posted by: joated at January 10, 2009 09:47 PM (8nB5X)
81 sandman, the USS Barney Frank would have been built, but he needed the money to promote business ventures in the NY gay community.
Posted by: Methos at January 10, 2009 09:47 PM (aBPT+)
82 71 There already is a USS Jimmy Carter in commission, btw.
Yes, that was sorta' noted in the post:
"Former President Carter is kind of an anomoly in that he has an attack sub named after him. Not sure what the nickname is, but it’s probably not “Peanut” or “Malaise.”"
Posted by: heh at January 10, 2009 09:48 PM (1XErj)
83 USS Hillary R. Clinton "USS Pantsuit"
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2009 09:50 PM (MKNSy)
84 My personal favorite is the USS William D. Porter, a Fletcher-class DD, which accidentally fired on the USS Iowa while it was transporting FDR to the Casablanca Conference during WWII. After that incident, it was always hailed with "Don't shoot! We're Republicans!"
Posted by: Hoss Fuentes at January 10, 2009 09:53 PM (QWAKu)
85 WHAT THE FUCK?!? This from Hot Air:
NYT: Bush nixed weapons for Israeli raid on Iran, chose covert ops instead
Posted by: Methos at January 10, 2009 09:54 PM (aBPT+)
86 Sorry, it was the Cairo and Tehran conferences, not Casablanca. Oh well.
Posted by: Hoss Fuentes at January 10, 2009 09:56 PM (QWAKu)
87 USS Joseph Biden aka HMS Neil Kinnock
Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at January 10, 2009 09:56 PM (uOvAE)
88 USS Hillary R. Clinton "USS Pantsuit"
WTF has "Cankles" achieved to deserve this sort of honor?!? As Sec. Of State perhaps she could qualify for the renaming of the Lincoln Tunnel?
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 09:57 PM (RLBRw)
89 Calm down. I'm just speculating about a hypothesis. I know I don't know nothin'.
Extra points if you can name the movie.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2009 10:02 PM (MKNSy)
90 USS Obama: Deficit
Posted by: robtr at January 10, 2009 10:05 PM (uJzOr)
91 USS Nassau LHA-4 Likes to call itself "Top Gator"
But it's really "Big Nasty"
Never A Set Schedule Always Underway, Leaving Homeport Again 4ever
Posted by: FCCS(SW/AW) J at January 10, 2009 10:19 PM (1Mn8Z)
92 I'm just speculating about a hypothesis
Posted by: toby928 at January 10, 2009 10:23 PM (PD1tk)
93 USS Soetoro. The Impeached.
This might just warrant a ride over to that shithole known as Bremerton on the 31st.
Posted by: Mr. Pissed at January 10, 2009 10:24 PM (KZKfb)
94 USS clinton- Severly Bent Penis
Posted by: Ginger at January 10, 2009 10:36 PM (nsb+C)
95 USS George HW Bush's nickname: Poppy's Jalopy.
FWIW there havebeen two USS McCains, DDG-56 andDDG-36 (ex DL-3, ex DD-93. In the traditional system, destroyers were named after naval heroes or great patrons of the Navy (this is how Carl Vinson got on the naming list, not being a President, you know). In the Nimitz class are six Army officers--you can look it up. Ship naming conventions have completely gone to hell, in part because of ships being reclassified to different types several times.
Building 50 new battleships would be a start in setting this straight. Anyone?
Hard to believe anyone had a disparaging nickname for Bellau Wood. I don't want to bore anyone, but you might want to google the task force Taffy 3 and a battle called the Action Off Samar, for the deeds of the original ship and crew. According to your personal constitution, bring Kleenex, a bullet to bite on, or a brass ball holder. "Damn it, boys, they're getting away."
Posted by: comatus at January 10, 2009 10:36 PM (A19ae)
96 USS clinton- Blackhawk Down
I'm still pissed about that one to this day. What a fucking wuss.
Posted by: Ginger at January 10, 2009 10:37 PM (nsb+C)
97 USS B. H. Obama: "The Mirage"
USS B. H. Obama: "The Empty Vessel"
USS B. H. Obama: "The Ship I Never Knew" or "Not The Ship I Knew"
Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at January 10, 2009 10:42 PM (sI5Ho)
98 Calm down. I'm just speculating about a hypothesis.
You're right. Deep breath. Ah. That's better. Thanks.
But what a horrendous hypothesis!
Posted by: Che Pizza at January 10, 2009 10:44 PM (RLBRw)
99 My first ship was the Forrestal, the mighty fid, first in defense. The dude it was named after shot himself, go figure. BTW, McCain almost sunk it.
Posted by: navycopjoe at January 10, 2009 10:45 PM (Oyz5P)
100 Another quote from the Taffy 3 fight, "We're sucking them in to 40 mm range!"
Posted by: Simon Oliver Lockwood at January 10, 2009 10:46 PM (zoL19)
101 How did McCain almost sink it? His plane was hit by a rocket by most accounts.
Posted by: stace at January 10, 2009 10:48 PM (JO0c/)
102 I don't believe that feathered headdress was regulation length.
Posted by: Cincinnatus at January 10, 2009 10:52 PM (U663l)
103 Yo Simon. "Bugler, sound the charge!"
Posted by: comatus at January 10, 2009 10:53 PM (A19ae)
104 USS Carter: The Rabid Rabbit
USS Obama: Present!
USS Clinton: Chubby F*cker
Posted by: JorgXMcKie at January 10, 2009 10:57 PM (iMgQD)
105 U.S.S. Forrestal, aka the U.S.S Forestfire
Posted by: Hammer at January 10, 2009 10:58 PM (XWJh5)
106 And did Bush 41 get *three* Purple Hearts (with Iron Crosses, pineapple clusters, and stars) by shooting himself in the ass? Huh? Huh?
Well, did he?!?!?!!????
Posted by: John Kerry at January 10, 2009 10:59 PM (iMgQD)
107 USS Obama = Weather Underwater
Posted by: Dave C at January 10, 2009 11:05 PM (bU9ij)
108 A great book about Taffy 3: "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors."
Posted by: butch at January 10, 2009 11:17 PM (UX1na)
109 105 - USS Forrestal: The World's Largest Floating Ashtray
Posted by: butch at January 10, 2009 11:18 PM (UX1na)
110 The USS Barry Soetero: "Uh, um, err, well, ok..."
The USS John S McCain III: "ˇBienvenidos!"
The USS George W Bush: "That's George Fucking Bush to you, assholes!"
Posted by: t-bird at January 10, 2009 11:19 PM (FcR7P)
111 U.S.S. Obama: The Kool One
U.S.S. George W. Bush: The Liberator
Posted by: steve at January 10, 2009 11:25 PM (ijiwd)
112 Great book about the Forrestal fire: "Sailors to the End."
Posted by: butch at January 10, 2009 11:25 PM (UX1na)
113 Fun fact about the USS Jimmah Cahtuh: She can only refuel/refit on odd-numbered days.
Posted by: DPR VIII at January 10, 2009 11:29 PM (4XUD3)
114 101. Gotta blame someone, I can't blame my wife for everything!
Posted by: navycopjoe at January 10, 2009 11:29 PM (9uIAF)
115 navycopjoe at January 10, 2009 10:45 PM
Which cruises did you make?
Posted by: MCPO Airdale at January 10, 2009 11:29 PM (wba6w)
116 A great book about Taffy 3: "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors."
Yep. Fantastic book. The opening scene with the modern USS Roberts after the Iranian mining incident, where the crew is running by the ceremonial plaque as the ship is fighting for it's life, each man touching the plaque to maintain the connection to the Taffy 3 sailors....awesome.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 10, 2009 11:31 PM (MKNSy)
117 I'm getting a little tired of Navy ships and boats being named after people still alive, president or not. It's really a lousy new 'tradition'.
Posted by: RickZ at January 10, 2009 11:35 PM (7yEV+)
118 A few nicknames I remember:
USS Okinawa (old LHA) remember it being called the USS Brokinawa, because it was always in dry dock or unavailable for deployment.
USS Kitty Hawk - AKA Shitty Kitty or the Chicken Hawk
USS Constellation - AKA Connie or Crappy Connie
USS Blue Ridge - AKA The Love Boat
USS Mobile Bay AKA The MOB
USS Carl Vinson - AKA The Chuck Wagon
Posted by: Buck naked - Pron Star at January 10, 2009 11:35 PM (utes0)
119 There should be a rule not to name warships after recent Dem Presidents. Warships should be named after warriors, not flamboyant popinjays.
Posted by: Tushar at January 11, 2009 12:08 AM (PTWes)
120 USS HW Bush = the Scanner
As in cash register.
Posted by: Teri at January 11, 2009 12:26 AM (V8hq1)
121 USS Obama-Yes we Tin Can.
Posted by: Nahanni at January 11, 2009 12:33 AM (S4wMM)
122 Supposedly, when "In the Navy" was new, Navy brass briefly considered using it for a recruiting jingle, until they had the subtext explained to them.
I went to a Navy football game in the 90's, and the mids were playing a recording of"YMCA."
The Carter should be "Jaws", since he was first famous for his teeth, and as an ironic comment on his foreign policy.
Posted by: Ralph L at January 11, 2009 12:59 AM (1UZtD)
123 They can't name a carrier after President Tom Token unless it's a Transformer. Unless it can become all things to all men, the name just won't fit...
Posted by: richard mcenroe at January 11, 2009 01:19 AM (DBS+D)
124 CVN 79 USS William J.Clinton: "The Shaft"
Motto: "Always Hard!"
CVN 80 USS George W. Bush: "The Lone Ranger"
Motto: "Bring It On!"
CVN 81 USS B. Hussein Obama: "The Big 0"
Motto: "Can We Talk?"
Posted by: SuperCool at January 11, 2009 01:45 AM (a80B1)
125 USS Obama: "Typical White Person"
Posted by: Nicole at January 11, 2009 03:22 AM (3txVD)
126 USS Palin: "You betcha (motherfuckers)"--optional
Posted by: Nicole at January 11, 2009 03:25 AM (3txVD)
127 USS Barack Hussein Obama - "That One"
Posted by: Watcher at January 11, 2009 03:50 AM (+i9Cz)
128 USS Murtha: "Cold Blooded"
Not because of the marines he falsely accused, rather a reflection on his disloyalty to the corps for a political soundbite. Maybe both...
Posted by: JDB at January 11, 2009 05:17 AM (t2Fem)
129 USS Jimmy Carter - "Hope you brought a sweater"
Posted by: draveed at January 11, 2009 06:29 AM (bmdbG)
130 USS Jimmy carter - "the killer rabbit"
USS William J. Clinton - "wet willy"
George w bush "Vengeance"
Obama "The Organizer"
(as in, here comes some f-18's to reorganize your community)
Posted by: joe at January 11, 2009 06:58 AM (hUSia)
131 U.S.S. Obama: The Bullshit Barge
Posted by: Reiver at January 11, 2009 09:34 AM (oliA4)
132 1,000 yards is 500 fathoms. But you probably knew that already and was just testing us, huh?
It's also five cables. Or one half nautical mile.
Our nickname for Belleau Wood was "Balsa Wood." Tarawa was "Chicken of the Sea" (because they were stupid enough to put "Eagle of the Sea" on their ball caps, the dumbshits). My dad served aboard thecarrier Kearsarge (CVA 33) which was unfortunately known as Queer Barge, through no fault of his own. Hancock was Hand Job. I was also aboard the oiler Navasota, known as Never Sober. Interestingly, I served aboard four oilers, three of them named for Texas rivers (Navasota, Pecos, and Guadalupe). The one oiler of minenot named for a river was Walter S. Diehl, known to us as the B.F. Deal.
Posted by: Steve Skubinna at January 11, 2009 10:04 AM (Vcyz0)
133 #96 -- Shh, Ginger, lest my husband read this one.
We don't bring up that little incident in the Mog -- the reaction is a guaranteed "not pretty".
Posted by: unknown jane at January 11, 2009 11:11 AM (wyaGP)
134 A new aircraft carrier? Why bother? We should just sell it off; so that we can afford to pay ransom to pirates we don't have the balls to fight. Or we could use the money to subsidize the 13 million illegals we didn't have the balls to keep out of the country. Or maybewecould just givethe Bushto China as gift, so wecan hope they'll keep lending us money.
All the military hardware in the world is useless without the will to use it. The jihadi's are already calculating how big a dinghy it would take toput aCole holein the Bush.Of course, even a little dinghy will do.Thejihadi's know that all theyhave to do isput one little hole in it, and the Americans will panic and runaway to fix it.
We have the good fortune that the jihoodi's are idiots, and they have the good fortune that we have low testosterone levels.
Posted by: Chas at January 11, 2009 11:56 AM (1XTjz)
135 A thousand points of hurt.
Posted by: Vincent Van Moe at January 11, 2009 12:48 PM (S7zPk)
136 USS Carter- The Sweater
USS Clinton- The Pain Feeler
USS George W- The Decider
Posted by: cadetwithchips2 at January 11, 2009 01:43 PM (B6Fis)
Bush takes last Air Force One flight to honor dad... [Drudge Report]
The sorry “total loser” flies the olde man home at taxpayer
expense…”41” was much smarter by a complete generation than his simpleton
41... thanks to Powell’s perception and guidance; understood the folly of
invading Iraq…the strategic consequences, of which… his dimbulbe son, with no
mind of his own and surrounded by neocon advisors, could have never contemplated,
or discerned the despicable folly of his judgment.
Posted by: J_Gocht at January 11, 2009 02:43 PM (lf14X)
138 Wow. Coherent, ridiculously wrong but coherent. Sober?
Posted by: toby928 at January 11, 2009 03:18 PM (PD1tk)
139 “Mr. Bush flew 58 combat missions. He received the Distinguished Flying
Cross, three Air Medals...."
As it happens, I've got one hundred and fifty eight combat missions, a DFC and five Air Medals. Where's my carrier?
Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at January 11, 2009 04:10 PM (LZx2b)
PersonFromPorlock at January 11, 2009 04:10 PM (LZx2b)
being too impertinent Sir?
"...Porlock...did you ever bail out on your bomber crew over open
Posted by: J_Gocht at January 11, 2009 05:52 PM (iMqeM)
PFP, damn, a DFC and 3 AM's! Nice! Bravo Zulu.
My Air Medal is the dec that I'm most proud of. The rest aren't worth squat.
Posted by: thebronze at January 11, 2009 05:57 PM (cwNXc)
Posted by: thebronze at January 11, 2009 05:57 PM (cwNXc)
tb...you've [I've] been had...?
...The Person from Porlock was an unwelcome visitor to Samuel Taylor Coleridge who called by during his composition of the oriental poem Kubla Khan. Coleridge claimed to have perceived the entire course of the poem in a dream (possibly an opium-induced haze), but was interrupted by this visitor from Porlock (a town in the South West of England, near Exmoor) while in the process of writing it. Kubla Khan,
only 54 lines long, was never completed. Thus "Person from Porlock",
"Man from Porlock", or just "Porlock" are literary allusions to
Hah that description fits "yours truly"...and you the perp...!
AceHat and Gabe are online...!
....and copasetic ...Lil Debbie...!
Olde soldier sends...!
Posted by: J_Gocht at January 11, 2009 06:56 PM (lf14X)
Question still remains...
Pilot, and commanding officer, H.W.Bush,did you ever bail out on your bomber crew over open
water in southeast Asia...?
Were you rescued...and did they perish...?
Posted by: J_Gocht at January 11, 2009 07:04 PM (jKhW+)
Posted by: J_Gocht at January 11, 2009 07:29 PM (3ZUJz)
Posted by: J_Gocht at January 11, 2009 07:30 PM (3ZUJz)
Last question pelot...~!~
Were you rescued...and did they perish...?
Posted by: J_Gocht at January 11, 2009 07:35 PM (lf14X)
147 Hm. Thought I posted this question before, but I don't see it: the VP vid was filmed on the Turner Joy . . . no?
Posted by: Attila Girl at January 11, 2009 10:26 PM (TpmQk)
148 As unbelievable as it may seem, the powers to be refused the Carrier Veterans Assoc.'s request to name a carrier for the USS America CVA-66.
The former America was blasted to the floor of the Atlantic a few years back.
Posted by: Sid at January 17, 2009 05:07 PM (d7p5c)
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