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USS Fort Worth Commissioning Ceremony
U.S. Navy Facebook Livefeed | 09/22/2012 | Me

Posted on 09/22/2012 9:18:45 AM PDT by Sporke

I just finished watching the Commissioning Ceremony for the USS Fort Worth, on Facebook.

First of all, it was an outstanding ceremony. There is nothing quite like adding a new ship into our Navy.

Something happened during the ceremony that made me think our Secretary of the Navy might want to start looking for a new job.

The Secretary of Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, was making his speech. It was a typical speech for the most part. What got my attention, however, were a few comments he made. First, he mentioned President Bush once or twice, but not a single mention of Obama, which I found curious. Next, he mentioned a quote from President Truman, "Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."

When I heard that I knew that Obama or his people did NOT get an advanced copy.

He said later in his speech again, that "this is not the time to be apologetic to the world."

I was floored. Maybe no one will notice in DC, but if they do, Mabus is about to be unemployed.

God Bless the crew of the USS Fort Worth....


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: lcs3; military; navy; news; obama; vanity

1 posted on 09/22/2012 9:18:49 AM PDT by Sporke
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To: Sporke

>>I was floored. Maybe no one will notice in DC, but if they do, Mabus is about to be unemployed.

Or he’s auditioning for the new boss.


2 posted on 09/22/2012 9:24:24 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

I hope you’re right but Maybus is an unapologetic lefty. Of course it’s possible he’s been mugged by reality in the last few weeks.


3 posted on 09/22/2012 9:31:30 AM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Sporke

I read a blog or article the last week that said sometimes those speaking loudest are those not saying anything at all. Have we been hearing from the military or CIA the past week? About the only thing I’ve seen was a statement from the Marines regarding there not being Marines protecting Ambassodor Stevens ... “talk to the State Department” because State is responsible for the ROE (document with Hillary’s signature) is what the Marines said. Now, the Sec of the Navy is using this opportunity to make these comments - I’m guessing the Administration never thought they’d have to vet comments for a launching. I don’t think the armed forces are liking the way Omuslim and Hillary are (not) handling the mess they’ve gotten us into. It looked to me like the Marines were sharply defending their honor (and so they should).


4 posted on 09/22/2012 9:33:01 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Sporke

Comments like that are guaranteed to be omitted from any stories in the dinosaur media... unless they run a special story about what a hateful racist he is.

But it’s completely true and accurate that we need to knock the enemy back on their heels and keep pressing until we achieve a complete and devastating victory and there should never be an apology from us for winning.


5 posted on 09/22/2012 9:35:59 AM PDT by Two Kids' Dad
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To: Sporke
Great photo of USS Fort Worth pre-commissioning trials last year.

PCU Fort Worth conducts sea trials.

6 posted on 09/22/2012 10:18:05 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Menehune56

Yep, great pic. I hope those ships are safer than I think they are. As of now, I’m not a fan of LCS’s, but I do pray that I’m wrong. :-/


7 posted on 09/22/2012 10:24:55 AM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

I was just there, and enjoyed it immensely. Those comments drew a rather large round of applause from those present. On Wednesday, I played hooky from work (personal day), and toured the ship. Small crew (40 or so), aluminum hull, 57 mm main gun, 21 missiles, plus various mission packages.

Some guy gave my daughters a ships coin, which was nice.

If anyone wants pics, email me at txbolt_man@yahoo.com.


8 posted on 09/22/2012 12:28:09 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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To: ro_dreaming

Cool. I wish I could have been there. I haven’t been to a Commissioning since my old ship had the honor (vice president George Bush Sr. did the honors).

It is a nice lookin ship, and the crew has to be some of the Navys best, with all the cross-training they had to do.

I noticed on the broadcast that the lines about not apologizing went over well with the crowd, as they did with me. Another thing I noticed was when the crew brought the ship to life, there were only 3 or 4 noticeable female crew members. To me that is a total waste. Having separate berthing/bathing spaces for less than a dozen crewmembers. I’ll never understand putting women on combat ships.


9 posted on 09/22/2012 12:53:32 PM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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SecNav Mabus was responsible for naming an LPD-17 class ship after that consummate scumbag Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA). This man was one of the chief accusers of fellow Marines of war crimes at Haditha, Iraq, before the facts of the case were known. He was aided and abetted in his accusations by Sen. John F’img Kerry (D-MA) — said to have served in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia doing secret missions there. [How do we know this? Kerry told us and he’d never lie.]


10 posted on 09/22/2012 1:12:54 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

Oh hell, after readin up on him a little, I’m not thrilled with him. He named a ship after Gabrielle Giffords too. Now I wonder why he had harsh words for obama. :-/


11 posted on 09/22/2012 1:19:05 PM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: MissMagnolia
I think this maybe the blog article you were taking about.

Ulsterman Report : WHITE HOUSE INSIDER:”

White House Insider " Did you notice how Defense said very little? And the CIA…Petraeus… has said nothing? In this town, some times the ones speaking the loudest are the ones not saying a word. "
12 posted on 09/22/2012 1:39:21 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Sporke
A much younger me is in this photo at the last commissioning I attended, USS CROMMELIN (FFG-37) in 1983.

Now CROMMELIN is being decommissioned at the end of next month. With that, only one of the seven ships I was stationed on will still be active.

13 posted on 09/22/2012 2:45:09 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: American Constitutionalist

That was the blog! Very interesting stuff .....


14 posted on 09/22/2012 4:17:30 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: GATOR NAVY

I have a hard time thinking the new LCS’s will be very useful with a crew of only 40. :-/


15 posted on 09/22/2012 6:00:25 PM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

Essentially, there are two crews (blue and gold). They sort of hopscotch, so one is on land and one is out to sea on the ship at all times. They rotate, from what one CPO told me. (I asked how the ship has two CO’s).


16 posted on 09/22/2012 6:43:45 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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Oh! Also, because of the small number of crew to begin with, there I no more than 8 in one berthing space, but it’s a space as large as the galley.


17 posted on 09/22/2012 6:45:31 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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To: ro_dreaming

I think I had 32 in my berthing space. It wasn’t bad though, because they arranged it where you’d only bump into maybe 3 people at a time. lol

I knew about the blue/gold thing. It’s done on all the subs. I don’t know why they would need two crews though, it seems like a waste. I know the shore crew will be doing more training but there is only so much someone can train.

I suppose I’m just too old-school. When I was in the Navy, I wanted to be at sea, not sitting in some classroom.


18 posted on 09/22/2012 7:41:53 PM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

That’s just one of their many, many problems. I (and many others) fear this class of minimal capability ships will be a disaster for the Navy.


19 posted on 09/22/2012 8:12:30 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: ro_dreaming
The blue-gold concept does no good for the crew that is actually at sea. There was a study released recently that said that due to the minimal manning on these ships crew fatigue during normal at-sea operations was the same as that of a CG crew at high intensity ops. That does not bode well.
20 posted on 09/22/2012 8:18:57 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

I think of the LCS’s the same way I did the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. They designed it to do a little bit of everything, but it can’t do anything well.

I think we’d be better off with more frigates and destroyers, hell, even cruisers.

What good is a LCS if you can’t send it into harms way without a destroyer escort? They literally can’t go anywhere without an escort, and from what I’ve read, a kid with a slingshot has a decent chance of sinking one. I do pray I’m wrong, and that the Navy has worked out at least some of the major problems with them, but right now, I’m not a fan.

Oh, and for the record, I think we should bring back all four of our Battleships. :)


21 posted on 09/22/2012 9:29:39 PM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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