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New US Aircraft Carrier, CVN-77 George H. W. Bush to be Christened Saturday, October 7, 2006
Northrop Grumman Construction Site ^ | Oct 2006 | Northrop Grumman/US Navy

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 nation’s 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77). The ship’s 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 ship’s sponsor and will do the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship’s 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


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I thought many Freepers would be insterested in this US Navy news, and particularly, in this latest US aircraft carrier.
1 posted on 10/03/2006 8:06:55 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head

Great Ship. Still a shame to this day, that Bush 41 did not get a second term IMO.


2 posted on 10/03/2006 8:09:09 AM PDT by ChicagoConservative27
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To: Jeff Head

Thank you for starting this thread.

Old Sea Dog


3 posted on 10/03/2006 8:09:20 AM PDT by kilowhskey (Land of the free, because of the brave.)
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To: ChicagoConservative27
Still a shame to this day, that Bush 41 did not get a second term IMO.

Indeed, how things might have been different.

4 posted on 10/03/2006 8:10:16 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Jeff Head

When does construction begin on the USS Clinton?


5 posted on 10/03/2006 8:10:40 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (War Monger...In the name of liberty, let's go to war!!!!)
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To: Jeff Head

Le Corbusier counted ship building as architecture just as much as buildings sitting on dry ground. He prized functionality, and this is total functionality.


6 posted on 10/03/2006 8:10:46 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Jeff Head

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.


7 posted on 10/03/2006 8:10:50 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look over Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Jeff Head
...final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

So Ole Slick doesn't get a Nimitz named for him?

8 posted on 10/03/2006 8:11:25 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Jeff Head

Is the Reagan also Nimitz Class?


9 posted on 10/03/2006 8:11:51 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: kilowhskey
You are welcome. It will be an awesome ship and awesome Carrier battle group when formed. I absolutely love the following poster from that Grumman site:

Says it all!

10 posted on 10/03/2006 8:12:29 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Tenacious 1

They finished that garbage barge during his presidency.


11 posted on 10/03/2006 8:13:10 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

Thanks Jeff ~ Go Navy!!


12 posted on 10/03/2006 8:13:28 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Jeff Head

AWESOME!

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.


13 posted on 10/03/2006 8:13:44 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( Go Sooners!)
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To: Jeff Head

Thanks Jeff ~ Go Navy!!


14 posted on 10/03/2006 8:13:54 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Victor

Yes! and well deserved I might add.


15 posted on 10/03/2006 8:13:59 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: rhombus
"....So Ole Slick doesn't get a Nimitz named for him?...."

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.

16 posted on 10/03/2006 8:14:15 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: rhombus

Nope...he got a gatbage barge, commissioned on his last day in office.


17 posted on 10/03/2006 8:14:44 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

USS Clinton

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1510710/posts


18 posted on 10/03/2006 8:14:48 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Tenacious 1

I hope it's a floating VD and sexually transmitted disease treatment ship.


19 posted on 10/03/2006 8:14:59 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: rhombus

No, here is Clinton's ship:

http://home.att.net/~karen.crisafulli/CigarBoats.html


20 posted on 10/03/2006 8:15:04 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: blackie

Amen...GO NAVY!


21 posted on 10/03/2006 8:15:09 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Tenacious 1
When does construction begin on the USS Clinton?

When the next Democrat becomes president. CVN-78 or 79.

22 posted on 10/03/2006 8:15:27 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Jeff Head

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.


23 posted on 10/03/2006 8:16:14 AM PDT by TChris (The United Nations is suffering from delusions of relevance.)
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To: Jeff Head

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!


24 posted on 10/03/2006 8:18:15 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Jeff Head

Sorry for the double post, Jeff. ;)

Go Navy!!


25 posted on 10/03/2006 8:18:37 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Jeff Head

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.


26 posted on 10/03/2006 8:19:43 AM PDT by fredhead (Women want me....Fish fear me....I can dream can't I?)
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To: Jeff Head
AWESOME!!!!
27 posted on 10/03/2006 8:20:04 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: r9etb

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.


28 posted on 10/03/2006 8:20:19 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (War Monger...In the name of liberty, let's go to war!!!!)
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To: Victor

...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.....


29 posted on 10/03/2006 8:20:44 AM PDT by Thunderchief F-105
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To: Jeff Head

She commissions in 2008. Just in time to replace the Kennedy and the Kittyhawk


30 posted on 10/03/2006 8:20:50 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: rhombus

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?


31 posted on 10/03/2006 8:20:54 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Jeff Head

Excellent news. Jeff, how is the next carrier class(I think the CVX?) going to be differant than the nimitz class?


32 posted on 10/03/2006 8:20:55 AM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: PhiKapMom
This will be just as inspiring an occurance. The next carrier, CVN-78 (no name yet), has already started initial stages of construction and will be an all new carrier design called CVN21. See my page about the CVN21 class on my World Wide Aircraft Carrier site.
33 posted on 10/03/2006 8:21:07 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Tenacious 1

Perhaps. There's 7 steps, including the top -- which is typically an 8-footer.


34 posted on 10/03/2006 8:21:55 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, I saved a copy of that poster on my computer. 90,000 tons of diplomacy says it all.

Kerry


35 posted on 10/03/2006 8:22:04 AM PDT by kilowhskey (Land of the free, because of the brave.)
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To: Tenacious 1
When does construction begin on the USS Clinton?

It's indefinite.

We don't need another garbage scow just now.

36 posted on 10/03/2006 8:22:19 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: Jeff Head

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.


37 posted on 10/03/2006 8:22:30 AM PDT by Thrusher (“There’s nothing like the B-2 when it comes to giving peace a chance.")
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To: Jeff Head
What caught my eye was the Headline and word "Christened".

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)

38 posted on 10/03/2006 8:23:43 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: TChris
It is ironic. After Desert Storm, he did preside over the beginning of the largest US Navy downsizing in history, next to after World War II.

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).

39 posted on 10/03/2006 8:23:53 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: namsman

Ping!!!


40 posted on 10/03/2006 8:24:14 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: Jeff Head
And it seems like yesterday they were christening CVN-76. [sniff]

Can't they just name all our aircraft carriers after Ronald Reagan?

41 posted on 10/03/2006 8:24:21 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Jeff Head

Discovery Channel HD has an episode of Extreme Engineering featuring this carrier. I just saw it last week.


42 posted on 10/03/2006 8:25:42 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I gigged your peace frog.)
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To: fredhead; cva66snipe

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.


43 posted on 10/03/2006 8:25:45 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: TChris
Ironic, isn't it? Bush 41 is the one who started the big downward slide in defense spending, IIRC.

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.

44 posted on 10/03/2006 8:26:18 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: Non-Sequitur

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!


45 posted on 10/03/2006 8:26:53 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

Great post, beautiful ship, but I hate seeing the German dock crane.


46 posted on 10/03/2006 8:27:40 AM PDT by Toby06 (Hydrogen is not a fuel source. Hydrogen is an energy storage method, like a battery.)
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To: Tenacious 1
When does construction begin on the USS Clinton?

Every U.S. Navy ship has several USS Clinton's aboard.

They are called "heads".

47 posted on 10/03/2006 8:27:45 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: MARKUSPRIME
CNV-78 is already under construction. See my post 33 and follow the link there.
48 posted on 10/03/2006 8:27:50 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: fredhead
"... I also did a tour on the JFK during my 20 year Navy career."

I worked on the JFK at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. in 1968 during the final phases of construction and outfitting. Last of the non-nuclear U.S. carriers, I think.
49 posted on 10/03/2006 8:27:52 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
I hope it's a floating VD and sexually transmitted disease treatment ship.

Now that would be a fitting ship to name for him. A US Navy Hostpital ship.

50 posted on 10/03/2006 8:28:14 AM PDT by Centurion2000 ("Be polite and courteous, but have a plan to KILL everybody you meet.")
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