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Navy Names Next Aircraft Carrier For Gerald Ford
WCBSTV ^

Posted on 01/16/2007 10:24:22 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Navy Names Next Aircraft Carrier For Gerald Ford

(AP) WASHINGTON The Navy said Tuesday its next aircraft carrier will be named the USS Gerald R. Ford in honor of the late president, a tribute to his love of the Navy.

Ford, who served in the Navy during World War II, died Dec. 26 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 93. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had said the Navy was planning the honor during a eulogy at Ford's funeral.

"President Ford will always be an example to us of personal kindness, loyalty and coolness under pressure," said Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as Ford's chief of staff, during a Pentagon ceremony.

Susan Bales Ford said her father had mentioned the impending honor in a letter to a friend shortly before his death. He wrote, "In my life, I received countless honors, but none was greater than the opportunity to wear the uniform of lieutenant commander of the United States Navy."

Betty Ford did not attend the ceremony but planned to watch it on a Pentagon broadcast, said Bales Ford, who was joined by her three brothers. She said the family was grateful to the U.S. service branches for accompanying them during the services honoring their father.

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1 posted on 01/16/2007 10:24:23 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

If a Democrat gets elected President you can bet the next carrier will not be named after a Republican.


2 posted on 01/16/2007 10:26:10 AM PST by Albert Barr
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To: Sub-Driver
WOOHOO!

They already have impeached Clintons ac:


3 posted on 01/16/2007 10:26:23 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: Albert Barr

Jimmy had one named after him..it's a sub..out of sight, out of mind..


4 posted on 01/16/2007 10:26:59 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only problem is the second they put the word Ford on it they will have nothing but quality issues forever after...


5 posted on 01/16/2007 10:28:24 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar

And to think it took five posts before someone thought of the blue oval


6 posted on 01/16/2007 10:30:55 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Abathar

Since the next carrier (CVN 79) is lead ship of the new class of carriers (i.e. post-Nimitz class), do you suppose it will be the Ford class of carrier?


7 posted on 01/16/2007 10:32:42 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .....)
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To: Abathar

LOL...that's funnny


8 posted on 01/16/2007 10:32:48 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am sick of naming any naval vessels after mediocre Presidents. How about real names such as Lexington, Saratoga, or Leyte Gulf?


9 posted on 01/16/2007 10:35:35 AM PST by Agent Smith (Fallujah delenda est. (I wish))
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To: Sub-Driver

Hmmm. When this carrier is christened, perhaps attendees and sailors can all wear Ford's old "WIN" button only this time it will mean, "Whip Islamofascists Now".


10 posted on 01/16/2007 10:36:51 AM PST by miele man (Continually voting against iodine deficient libs for 42 years)
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To: Sub-Driver

They had best install extra large stabilization planes, we don't want the thing tripping in heavy seas!!!

JK of course.


11 posted on 01/16/2007 10:39:13 AM PST by stm (Believe 1% of what you hear in the drive-by media and take half of that with a grain of salt)
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To: Agent Smith

When a Dem becomes President, be prepared for the next vessel being named "Jimmy Carter"! (Although I doubt a Dem will built any vessels...)

Seriously, I agree with you. We should give our ships the names of battles, American Heroes and great Naval Officers.


12 posted on 01/16/2007 10:40:49 AM PST by SolidWood (Sadr lives. Kill him.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
The USS William Clinton is scheduled to be a hospital ship permanently based in Bangkok.

-Eric

13 posted on 01/16/2007 10:41:17 AM PST by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: SolidWood; Agent Smith

The NAVY has an attack sub named for Jimmy Carter


http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=17111


14 posted on 01/16/2007 10:43:44 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: SolidWood

There already is a USS Jimmy Carter - SSN-23, if memory serves.

What we really need is a USS Richard M. Nixon.


15 posted on 01/16/2007 10:44:29 AM PST by furquhart (Time for a New Crusade - Deus lo Volt!)
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To: SolidWood

Yep, I agree with you. Here in Canada our navy has taken to naming ships after cities but I'd love to see a fleet with names like Joseph Brant, Tecumseh, Billy Bishop, Guy Simmonds etc.


16 posted on 01/16/2007 10:44:43 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Pluto's been marginalized! Call the ACLU!)
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To: Agent Smith
We already have a Leyte Gulf in the fleet:

USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55)

17 posted on 01/16/2007 10:45:00 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
"Carter's statesmanship, philanthropy and sense of humanity earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. "

A shame to read this on the Navy site... and a shame to name anything after this traitor.

18 posted on 01/16/2007 10:45:51 AM PST by SolidWood (Sadr lives. Kill him.)
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To: furquhart
What we really need is a USS Richard M. Nixon.

It would probably be forced to decommission itself.

<----- Running away

19 posted on 01/16/2007 10:46:05 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Pluto's been marginalized! Call the ACLU!)
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To: SolidWood

Yep. If anything, it should be the iranians naming vessels for Carter.


20 posted on 01/16/2007 10:49:54 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: Squawk 8888
Tecumseh,

Why would they name a boat after a snowblower engine maker? Are they that well respected up there?

21 posted on 01/16/2007 10:51:21 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: furquhart
The USS Nixon is all right as long as they keep the "Watergate" closed.
22 posted on 01/16/2007 10:51:28 AM PST by fish hawk (. B O stinks. That would be body odor and Barak Obama)
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To: Squawk 8888
You forgot the great American patriots, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph and Osceola.
23 posted on 01/16/2007 10:53:26 AM PST by fish hawk (. B O stinks. That would be body odor and Barak Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is it possible inadvertanly to "shank" an airstrike into a friendly country?


24 posted on 01/16/2007 10:59:44 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: fish hawk; Fierce Allegiance

Understandable that you don't much like Tecumseh (nor would you be a fan of Joseph Brant if you knew who he was), but it's a different story here. Tecumseh was a hero for the Good Guys in the War of 1812 ;-)


25 posted on 01/16/2007 11:17:15 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Pluto's been marginalized! Call the ACLU!)
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To: miele man
Now that there is funny, I don't care who you are!


26 posted on 01/16/2007 11:19:48 AM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: E Rocc

"The USS William Clinton is scheduled to be a hospital ship..."

Didn't they name the latest model of the Hummer after him?


27 posted on 01/16/2007 11:24:21 AM PST by beelzepug (the Nikonoclast)
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To: Sub-Driver
Names Next Aircraft Carrier For Gerald Ford

I suppose now this carrier can assume the role of bumping into everything, and give those submarines a break.

28 posted on 01/16/2007 11:26:58 AM PST by GingisK
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To: Fierce Allegiance

It was sunk by the Soviet Killer Rabbit.


29 posted on 01/16/2007 11:32:56 AM PST by sine_nomine (The United States...shall protect each of them against invasion. Article IV, 4. US Constition)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Tecumseh,
Why would they name a boat after a snowblower engine maker? Are they that well respected up there?


As one who has relied on a Tecumseh (Ariens) snowblower the last 20 years....YUP!
30 posted on 01/16/2007 11:33:10 AM PST by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: Squawk 8888

How about The Ontario, Eh?


31 posted on 01/16/2007 11:34:49 AM PST by sine_nomine (The United States...shall protect each of them against invasion. Article IV, 4. US Constition)
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To: Abathar

"It's a Forrrrrrd!"

or: Know what time it is when one Ford passes another"

Tin passed tin!


32 posted on 01/16/2007 11:46:30 AM PST by wizr (Do what you love, your God given talent, and God will provide the rest.)
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To: SolidWood

We're due for another Yorktown, Wasp, and Hornet. And after the Ford replaces CVN-65, we'll need another Enterprise!


33 posted on 01/16/2007 11:47:50 AM PST by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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To: Tatze
Well we're not too far from that.

We have a USS Wasp:

USS Wasp (LHD-1)

The last USS Hornet, CV-12, is a museum:

USS Hornet (CV-12)

The last Yorktown, CG-48, was decommissioned in 2004.

USS Yorktown (CG-48)

34 posted on 01/16/2007 12:14:03 PM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Severa

USS Ford F-150,000 ???


35 posted on 01/16/2007 12:21:27 PM PST by Chief_Joe (From where the sun now sits, I will fight on -FOREVER!!!)
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To: Severa

I forgot about the Wasp (LHD-1). And Yorktown needs to be a carrier! But is 20 years service normal for a Destroyer? Or was it just one of the casualties of a smaller Navy?


36 posted on 01/16/2007 12:22:52 PM PST by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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To: Chief_Joe

LOL Yeah I can imagine there's gonna be some interesting nicknames for the USS Ford. Case in point: My husband was in the Navy (2000-2006) and in that time we learned such nicknames as the PierWolf (for the Seawolf) and the Menopause (for the Minneapolis-St.Paul).


37 posted on 01/16/2007 12:24:11 PM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Tatze

I'd guess the latter. My husband's former command, the USS Rickover (SSN 709), is being decommissioned this March after *thinks, does the math* 23 years. Hell look at the USS Kitty Hawk, commissioned in '61 and according to Wikipedia not due to decom till 2009? Wow.


38 posted on 01/16/2007 12:27:28 PM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fitting tribute. President Ford served honorably in WWII with the rest of the Greatest Generation.


39 posted on 01/16/2007 12:30:19 PM PST by Jolly Swagman
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To: everyone

Very appropriate. A fine honor for a good guy.


40 posted on 01/16/2007 12:31:12 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Severa

Wiki also states that the USS JFK will be decommissioned this September. The USS Kitty Hawk will be decommissioned at the same time the USS George H. W. Bush is activated in 2008. If I'm reading this right, since nothing new is replacing the USS JFK, we're dropping a carrier group?


41 posted on 01/16/2007 1:03:35 PM PST by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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To: Tatze
Most of the carriers we have now are of the Nimitz class. *looks* ahh here we go...

Nimitz class

From that article: "Nimitz (CVN-68), the lead ship of the class, was commissioned in 1975. As of 2006, George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), the tenth and last of the class, was built by Northrop Grumman Newport News and will enter service in 2008. Bush will be the first transition ship to a new class of carriers (CVN-21) to start construction in 2007 and will incorporate new technologies including a new multi-function radar system, volume search radar and open architecture information network, and a significantly reduced crew requirement. To lower costs some new technologies were incorporated into Ronald Reagan, though not nearly as many as will be involved with Bush."

Course this all depends on future defense spending...

42 posted on 01/16/2007 1:12:35 PM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Fierce

All Hospital ships are currently run by MSC , Military Sealift Command . Civilian Sailors .The Hospital Ship would be USNS Bill Clinton .Bankok ? I am putting in for the crew . I did 15 years with MSC , Mostly tankers .


43 posted on 01/16/2007 5:53:10 PM PST by Haze Grey Forever (Haze Grey Forever)
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To: tgusa

CVN-78


44 posted on 01/19/2007 8:15:49 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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