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Naval submarine Jimmy Carter christened at Connecticut shipyard
AP ^ | 6.5.04

Posted on 06/05/2004 11:14:19 PM PDT by ambrose

Naval submarine Jimmy Carter christened at Connecticut shipyard

GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter was filled with emotion Saturday as the most advanced nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy was named after him at a Connecticut shipyard.

"This is a very wonderful day for me, to see my wife break the champagne on undoubtedly the finest and most formidable ship in the world," said Carter, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the only submariner to be elected president.

Carter's wife, Rosalynn, blessed the Seawolf-class nuclear submarine and its crew, then hesitated for a moment before cracking the bottle of champagne against the sail of the USS Jimmy Carter.

Amid much fanfare and cheers, a crowd of 4,500 Navy personnel, submarine workers and their families gathered at the Electric Boat shipyard for Saturday's christening ceremony. The Carters' daughter, Amy, also attended the ceremony.

Only nine people have had ships named after them while they are still alive in modern times, said Gordon England, Secretary of the Navy.

"President Jimmy Carter has surely earned his place in this elite group of citizens," England said.

Another was former President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday. The christening ceremony had ended before Reagan's death was announced.

The $3.2 billion Jimmy Carter is the third and last of the Seawolf-class submarine. It has been nearly nine years in the making and still has about a year of finishing on its interior before it can be tested and commissioned.

As the ship's sponsor, Rosalynn Carter has been corresponding with the crew and its families. The Carters were stationed at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton in the early 1950s during Carter's Navy service.

The submarine was built with extra capabilities to perform reconnaissance and surveillance missions, perform research and engage in undersea warfare. It also can handle different weapons and undersea vehicles than other ships in its class.

The ship will be "a needed constituent in the continued dominance of the seas by the United States Navy," said James Schlesinger, secretary of energy under Carter and also director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense under President Richard Nixon.

In the war on terrorism, the submarine is a symbol to terrorists of the United States' military domination, Schlesinger said.

Schlesinger recalled Carter's work during his presidency and since he left office in 1981.

Carter was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace in 2002 for helping solve international conflicts and for working for human rights and economic and social development around the world.

"This powerful instrument of war will be part of a deterrent that maintains the peace that Jimmy Carter has devoted so much of his life to preserve," Schlesinger said.

Vice Adm. Kirkland Donald, commander of Naval Submarine Forces, said the Navy is eager to get the ship into service. The crew already has been training to get ready for its commissioning.

The first ship in the class, the USS Seawolf, was commissioned in 1997. The USS Connecticut was commissioned the following year.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: killerrabbit; seawolf; submarine; thedivingpeanut; ussjimmycarter; ussmalaise
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1 posted on 06/05/2004 11:14:20 PM PDT by ambrose
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To: ambrose

I don't think the honor was deserved. Its not like they could have named the submarine for someone who wasn't completely out of his depth in managing America's affairs in the late 70s. Oh well.


2 posted on 06/05/2004 11:18:00 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ambrose
I hope the remember to keep the rabbits out and the screen doors closed.
3 posted on 06/05/2004 11:19:10 PM PDT by dts32041 (What is the exit strategy for Europe and Japan ? - I don't think there was one, we are still there..)
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To: ambrose
Naval submarine Jimmy Carter christened at Connecticut shipyard.

Despite the beautiful appearance, designers are baffled by the vessel's inability to propel in a forward direction.

4 posted on 06/05/2004 11:21:02 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.)
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To: ambrose

Hey, they named a sub after him that the Navy didn't even want. What an honor.


5 posted on 06/05/2004 11:21:24 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (06/07/04 - 1000 days since 09/11/01)
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To: ambrose

Had providence worked as it should, It would have sunk upon being christened. Like everything else jimma touched.


6 posted on 06/05/2004 11:21:26 PM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (john F'n kerry reminds me of a horse, I'm just not sure which end.)
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To: goldstategop

It could have been worse. Imagine a ship named for Willie.


7 posted on 06/05/2004 11:21:54 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: ambrose

8 posted on 06/05/2004 11:22:47 PM PDT by al baby (Hope I don't get into trouble for this)
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To: dts32041
And this new vessel is equipped with the latest American military technology, which takes the form of evasive radar, ensuring that flotillas of aquamarine rabbits are never able to penetrate its perimeter.
9 posted on 06/05/2004 11:24:04 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Remember St. Gerard. The prayers of expectant mothers are always heard.)
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To: ambrose

Sorry, but in spite of myself, I think I feel sorry for the guy. I mean, entirely aside from whether or not he deserved it, this was a big honor for Jimmy. This was going to be his day. And as it turned out, on that very day...once again, he got overshadowed by our man Ron. Just damn.


10 posted on 06/05/2004 11:25:47 PM PDT by RichInOC (Ronald Wilson Reagan, 2/6/11-6/5/04, R.I.P.)
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To: ItsonlikeDonkeyKong

Does that evasive radar protect against killer rabbits?


11 posted on 06/05/2004 11:26:41 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: RichInOC

Life is funny that way. I wonder how such coincidences are arranged.


12 posted on 06/05/2004 11:27:13 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ambrose
Here's the new Kerry Class Aircraft Carrier:
 
 
 

13 posted on 06/05/2004 11:29:08 PM PDT by scott7278 ("FR will NOT be used to help replace Bush with a Democrat." -- Jim Robinson, 2/01/04)
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To: RichInOC
And as it turned out, on that very day...once again, he got overshadowed by our man Ron.

It's just freedom's way of letting Jimmuh know where he stood in the scheme of things. Now, when the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan sets sail, that will be a day that will not be overshadowed!

14 posted on 06/05/2004 11:31:01 PM PDT by hunter112
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To: goldstategop

It would appear that God has a playful sense of humor.


15 posted on 06/05/2004 11:31:14 PM PDT by RichInOC (Ronald Wilson Reagan, 2/6/11-6/5/04, R.I.P.)
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To: scott7278

It should designed with a flip flop deck. hehehe


16 posted on 06/05/2004 11:31:31 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ambrose

Using Jimmy instead of James is an insult to the ship and the Navy. It probably shoots torpedos that swim with the dolphins.


17 posted on 06/05/2004 11:31:55 PM PDT by microgood
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To: RichInOC
Sorry, but in spite of myself, I think I feel sorry for the guy. I mean, entirely aside from whether or not he deserved it, this was a big honor for Jimmy. This was going to be his day. And as it turned out, on that very day...once again, he got overshadowed by our man Ron. Just damn.

Charlie Brown would sympathize..

18 posted on 06/05/2004 11:33:21 PM PDT by ambrose (President Bush on Reagan: "His Work is Done and Now a Shining City Awaits Him")
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To: microgood

Now to be completely fair, Jimmy Carter served honorably in the Navy. So if they want to salute his service, far be it from me to express objections.


19 posted on 06/05/2004 11:33:33 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ambrose

I would be scared to death to be stationed on ANY vessel that had the name of Jimmy Carter on it. It just spells loser.


20 posted on 06/05/2004 11:33:34 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: ambrose

Another affirmation that Saturday was a very bad day.


21 posted on 06/05/2004 11:33:56 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: ambrose

Is this boat the moral equivalent of a banana? I wouldn't serve this POS for anything...until they rename it.


22 posted on 06/05/2004 11:34:09 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Paleo Conservative
As I stated in my previous post: "aqueous" mammals only.

Any terrestrial rabbits will have to be dealt with by the USMC or the United States Army.

Excuse me. I'd love to continue this stimulating discussion, but I have to take a whiz in a crucial way.

I'll return when I get back from the bathroom.

23 posted on 06/05/2004 11:35:38 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Remember St. Gerard. The prayers of expectant mothers are always heard.)
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To: ambrose

Perhaps Charles Schulz and Himself were reminiscing today, and sharing a chuckle or two, about the old Charlie-Lucy-and-the-football routine...


24 posted on 06/05/2004 11:38:38 PM PDT by RichInOC (Ronald Wilson Reagan, 2/6/11-6/5/04, R.I.P.)
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To: scott7278
A the french design charles de Gualle, kerry would love it.

To another point what lines will be renumbered from carter's lunacy, or klintoons.

Are there any as the boys of Pont du Huc, tear down this wall or a bright and shining city on the hill.

25 posted on 06/05/2004 11:41:53 PM PDT by dts32041 (What is the exit strategy for Europe and Japan ? - I don't think there was one, we are still there..)
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To: goldstategop
"It should designed with a flip flop deck. hehehe"

The coolest feature is that it can submerge and act like a submarine when it's in an area where submarines are more popular.

26 posted on 06/05/2004 11:42:55 PM PDT by scott7278 ("FR will NOT be used to help replace Bush with a Democrat." -- Jim Robinson, 2/01/04)
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To: ambrose
Carter has been "honored" by a nation that was harmed in EVERY way by his presidency and post-presidency behavior..

Carter was a dolt, far over his head....and made more bad decisions in his 4 years in office than any other president of our era......exceeded only by Clinton who had 8 years to screw up.

Carter did not deserve this "honor"...
He has always behaved as a partisan, anti-America lover of dictators..and an appeaser of the first order.

Semper Fi
27 posted on 06/05/2004 11:51:17 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek...But I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: goldstategop

28 posted on 06/05/2004 11:56:15 PM PDT by Salamander (John Kerry: Schroedinger's candidate)
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To: dts32041
I haaaaaaave sinned...in my heart. (Sob. Sniffle.)
29 posted on 06/05/2004 11:58:31 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Remember St. Gerard. The prayers of expectant mothers are always heard.)
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To: dts32041

The only line that comes to my mind is Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman (dramatic pause), Miss Lewinsky." How's that for a legacy?

History will treat neither man too kindly, or, I should say, any more kindly. Thank you, by the way, for your service in the Army to protect this "Shining City on a Hill." Because of men like you, we remain free.


30 posted on 06/05/2004 11:58:32 PM PDT by scott7278 ("FR will NOT be used to help replace Bush with a Democrat." -- Jim Robinson, 2/01/04)
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I realize you have to do what you are told in the military, do to me what they will, insubordinate or whatever, but I would absolutely refuse to serve in any vessel named after J. Carter, or B. Clinton.


31 posted on 06/05/2004 11:59:28 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: goldstategop

I object to the name Jimmy because that is against Navy tradition. I respect his service as a Nuclear Engineer in the Navy, but some of the things he has said about this country and its leaders since his presidency has shown extremely poor judgement. It is hard to overlook.


32 posted on 06/06/2004 12:13:21 AM PDT by microgood
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To: microgood

Why do you think they did that? I know that he's known by the name Jimmy Carter and not James Carter, but it sounds so stupid and informal to be put on a yet-to-be-commissioned United States Ship.


33 posted on 06/06/2004 12:17:46 AM PDT by scott7278 ("FR will NOT be used to help replace Bush with a Democrat." -- Jim Robinson, 2/01/04)
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To: scott7278

I have no idea. But if I find out I will let you know.


34 posted on 06/06/2004 12:20:04 AM PDT by microgood
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To: ambrose

Anybody have the full test of Carter's speech?Did he blame America for anything?How many protester's at the shipyard?Did Carter praise the protesters?


35 posted on 06/06/2004 12:20:25 AM PDT by dancusa
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To: goldstategop

What about the fact that the rudder seems to be jammed to port?


36 posted on 06/06/2004 1:09:11 AM PDT by jonascord
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To: goldstategop

I don't think the honor was deserved. Its not like they could have named the submarine for someone who wasn't completely out of his depth in managing America's affairs in the late 70s. Oh well.


"I agree"


37 posted on 06/06/2004 2:07:52 AM PDT by garylmoore (The word "gay" means to be happy not abnormal!)
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To: goldstategop

I don't think the honor was deserved. Its not like they could have named the submarine for someone who wasn't completely out of his depth in managing America's affairs in the late 70s. Oh well.


"I agree"


38 posted on 06/06/2004 2:07:53 AM PDT by garylmoore (The word "gay" means to be happy not abnormal!)
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To: ambrose

I wouldn't want to be stationed on a submarine that immediately sinks, then takes 20 years to struggle back to the surface again.


39 posted on 06/06/2004 2:10:40 AM PDT by HHFi
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To: ambrose

Too bad brave and honorable people will sail under such a name as this.


40 posted on 06/06/2004 2:12:41 AM PDT by True Grit
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To: ambrose

I still don't like the idea of naming anything after a living person.


41 posted on 06/06/2004 2:30:21 AM PDT by Clock King
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To: goldstategop

May this mighty ship do more than President Carter ever did to defend America and democracy, and may its crew be safe!


42 posted on 06/06/2004 3:41:44 AM PDT by solzhenitsyn ("Live Not By Lies")
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"President Jimmy Carter has surely earned his place in this elite group of citizens," England said.

Really? How? Allowing Iranian idiots to embarass our country for over a year? Inept rescue attempt? 20% interest rates? Out of control oil supply? Out of control inflation? on, on, on...
43 posted on 06/06/2004 3:44:48 AM PDT by schaketo (Never skinny dip in the same pond as snapping turtles.)
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To: ambrose

And that brilliant nuclear expert, AMY, should be the first commander of the boat!


44 posted on 06/06/2004 3:52:23 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: microgood
It is not equipped with torpedoes, it shoots PEANUTS!
45 posted on 06/06/2004 3:56:09 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: ambrose

every time it encounters an enemy, it will "full reverse" immediately.

Should have named it "Monica"...she was really good at going down or so i heard.


46 posted on 06/06/2004 4:00:46 AM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: goldstategop
Now to be completely fair, Jimmy Carter served honorably in the Navy. So if they want to salute his service, far be it from me to express objections.

Lots of people serve honorably in the Navy, and they don't have vessels named after them.

47 posted on 06/06/2004 4:02:42 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod ('I went to Vietnam, yada yada yada, I want to be President...")
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48 posted on 06/06/2004 4:07:55 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: ambrose
"...advanced nuclear nucular submarine..."

Jimmy couldn't pronounce the word, either. And, he was a "nucular" engineer!

Wonder why the "press" didn't give him a hard time about that. Oh, nevermind.

49 posted on 06/06/2004 4:14:17 AM PDT by Thom Pain (Quisling - from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), a synonym for "traitor")
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To: ambrose

I feel sorry for the lads who have to say they serve aboard the "Carter". Sheesh.


50 posted on 06/06/2004 4:21:02 AM PDT by LibKill (Once more into the breach, dear friends!)
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