Skip to comments.New US Aircraft Carrier, CVN-77 George H. W. Bush to be Christened Saturday, October 7, 2006
Posted on 10/03/2006 8:06:52 AM PDT by Jeff Head
CVN-77 to be Christened on October 7th, 2006
From the Northrop Grumman site.
On Saturday, October 7, 2006, Northrop Grumman Newport News will christen the nations 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77). The ships namesake and 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, is scheduled to attend the ceremony along with his wife Barbara and their daughter, Doro Bush Koch, Mrs. Koch also serves as the ships sponsor and will do the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ships bow during the ceremony. Employees of Northrop Grumman Newport News and their families are invited. The general public is also invited to the ceremony. Visit the links below for additional information.Here are some of the latest construction pictures...a beautiful site to behold:
CVN-77 nearing completion
CVN-77 props added
CVN-77 Island lift
CVN-77 ready for christening
CVN-77 another view of CVN-77 ready for christening
Great Ship. Still a shame to this day, that Bush 41 did not get a second term IMO.
Thank you for starting this thread.
Old Sea Dog
Indeed, how things might have been different.
When does construction begin on the USS Clinton?
Le Corbusier counted ship building as architecture just as much as buildings sitting on dry ground. He prized functionality, and this is total functionality.
Thanks, Jeff! I hope they show this on Fox. I love the ceremonies surrounding the christening of a ship, and this one has sentimental value for many of us.
So Ole Slick doesn't get a Nimitz named for him?
Is the Reagan also Nimitz Class?
Says it all!
They finished that garbage barge during his presidency.
Thanks Jeff ~ Go Navy!!
I can still remember the ceremony when the USS Ronald Reagan was brought to life and watching all those sailors go running onto the USS Reagan to take their positions.
Thanks Jeff ~ Go Navy!!
Yes! and well deserved I might add.
After Mr. Peanut got a Seawolf sub named after him, I realized, sadly, that Clinton will probably get some sort of namesake. I hope it's a garbage barge.
Nope...he got a gatbage barge, commissioned on his last day in office.
I hope it's a floating VD and sexually transmitted disease treatment ship.
No, here is Clinton's ship:
When the next Democrat becomes president. CVN-78 or 79.
Ironic, isn't it? Bush 41 is the one who started the big downward slide in defense spending, IIRC. For giving national defense the finger, he gets a carrier named after him.
It's funny -- the pictures don't really give an idea of the size of this thing, until you find something to give it scale. For example, there's an 8-foot stepladder in the bottom pic, at the bottom of the bow.... That ship is f****ing huge!
Sorry for the double post, Jeff. ;)
I would love to go to that. I served on two of those, Nimitz and Eisenhower. Did an overhaul period in Newport News on Ike, where I got to walk underneath the ship while in drydock.
They are huge!!!!
BTW, I also did a tour on the JFK during my 20 year Navy career.
That is not an 8' ladder. It is much taller. Check out the scaffolding behind it or the JLG in front of it. I suspect it is more like a 10 or 12 foot ladder.
...believe it or not, there is such a thing for
Mr. Slick Willie...... the classification for
such as you mention, if I recall my Navy days,
is a "YGN" which stands for "Y" - utility vessel;
"G" - garbabe barge; "N" - non-self-propelled.....!!
a perfect vessel to be name after the former
Liar-in-Chief..... free cigars and blue dresses to
be given away at its commissioning.....
She commissions in 2008. Just in time to replace the Kennedy and the Kittyhawk
There used to be a great cartoon version on FR about the USS Clinton; it was like this ridiculous looking rubber raft....anybody have it?
Excellent news. Jeff, how is the next carrier class(I think the CVX?) going to be differant than the nimitz class?
Perhaps. There's 7 steps, including the top -- which is typically an 8-footer.
Jeff, I saved a copy of that poster on my computer. 90,000 tons of diplomacy says it all.
We don't need another garbage scow just now.
I wish they would hang that "Mission Accomplished" banner on the front of it and keep it there for good.
For whatever complaints one might have against him, I think at the very, very least, GW did accomplish the significant mission of getting us to start fighting back in a war that was declared against us a long time ago -- a very serious war that claimed the lives of a lot of innocent people and brave US soldiers, even before 9/11.
To wit; how long before the ACLU sues the gubmint to stop the "Christening" of ships and boats. You know darn well that sooner or later they'll dig up some Atheist, Jewish or Wiccan sailor who will 'feel offended' that he has to serve on a ship that was "Christened".
(Bet its sooner than later)
However, he was a good wartime president and did lead the nation trough Desert Storm and the fruit of Reagan's work in the fall of the Soviets (which in part was a result of Reagan building the 600 ship navy).
Can't they just name all our aircraft carriers after Ronald Reagan?
Discovery Channel HD has an episode of Extreme Engineering featuring this carrier. I just saw it last week.
God bless you, and thank you for that service. You should speak to Freeper CVA66snipe. You guys could probably sit for hours and trade stories...with that experience of yours, and the same that his FR name emplys, hehehe, I KNOW you could.
Well yes, but that was right after the fall of the Soviet Union. The long range plan then called for much lower levels of cuts than Slick 42 eventually put in, and that Bush 43 never reversed by building things back up, aside from a small increase in the Army, balanced by further cuts in the Air Force and Navy.
I think the Kennedy will go first. In the state she is in...she should IMHO. The Japanese shipyards have taken good care of the KH!
Great post, beautiful ship, but I hate seeing the German dock crane.
Every U.S. Navy ship has several USS Clinton's aboard.
They are called "heads".
Now that would be a fitting ship to name for him. A US Navy Hostpital ship.
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