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Navy to Commission Aircraft Carrier George H.W. Bush
Faxts News Australia ^ | January 1, 2009 | Staff

Posted on 01/07/2009 12:46:34 PM PST by La Enchiladita

The Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush will be commissioned Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

President George W. Bush will deliver the principal address. Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch, daughter of the ship's namesake, is the ship's sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"

The lastNimitz-class aircraft carrier is named to honor World War II naval aviator and America's 41st president George H. W. Bush. Born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Mass., Bush began a lifetime of service to America when he joined the Navy on his 18th birthday as a seaman. He became the youngest pilot in the Navy at the time, receiving his commission and naval aviator wings before his 19th birthday.

Bush flew the Avenger torpedo bomber in combat from the carrier USS San Jacinto. During an attack on enemy installations near Chichi Jima in September 1944, his plane was hit by enemy fire while making a bombing run. Although the plane was on fire and heavily damaged, he completed a strafing run on the target before bailing out of the doomed aircraft. Bush parachuted into the sea and was later rescued by the Navy submarine USS Finback. He was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for his Navy service in the Pacific theater during World War II.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush41; georgehwbush; ghwb; navair; president; usnavy; ussgeorgehwbush
Historic event. Check C-Span listings.
1 posted on 01/07/2009 12:46:37 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: GodBlessUSA; MEG33; Diver Dave; Lady Jag; LUV W; ConorMacNessa; freema; Jim Robinson; JustAmy; ...
Capt. Kevin O'Flaherty, from Los Angeles, Calif., and a 1981 Naval Academy graduate, will become the ship's first commanding officer, leading a crew of more than 5,500 men and women, including embarked air wing personnel. George H. W. Bush will be initially homeported in Norfolk, Va., assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

The ship will support a wide variety of aircraft, including the F/A-18C Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters, the E-2C/D Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning aircraft, the C-2 Greyhound logistics aircraft, the EA-6B Prowler and the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, multi-role SH-60 and MH-60 helicopters, and other future carrier-based aircraft.

2 posted on 01/07/2009 12:51:59 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: La Enchiladita

Cool event.

If anyone has the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it.


3 posted on 01/07/2009 12:53:51 PM PST by gate2wire
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To: La Enchiladita

“Read My Ships!”


4 posted on 01/07/2009 12:56:32 PM PST by meandog (A bird in this hand is worth the two (41 & 43) named Bush!)
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To: La Enchiladita
I can't even believe that an aircraft carrier will be commissioned the "George H.W. Bush"--

before the aircraft carrier "B. Hussein Obama" is commissioned!!! /s

5 posted on 01/07/2009 12:57:00 PM PST by stockstrader
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To: La Enchiladita

CVN 77

http://www.nn.northropgrumman.com/bush/


6 posted on 01/07/2009 1:04:13 PM PST by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire

Thank you for showing up, gate2wire. I was trying to remember names to ping and am a little rusty. Wouldn’t it be great to be there? I wonder if my friend’s son, who is USNA freshman, will be able to attend. That would be so great.


7 posted on 01/07/2009 1:08:43 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: Professional Engineer

ping


8 posted on 01/07/2009 1:08:43 PM PST by Peanut Gallery ("...evolution doesn't fully explain the mystery of life" ~ George W. Bush)
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To: La Enchiladita

President-Elect Obama is said to be thrilled by the new carrier and looks forward to sending it on missions to the persian gulf, so he can tell nations in the area he’s sending in George Bush and they know their screwed.


9 posted on 01/07/2009 1:17:08 PM PST by jbwbubba
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To: La Enchiladita

“Wouldn’t it be great to be there?”

They could have waited ‘til spring. :-)


10 posted on 01/07/2009 1:19:02 PM PST by gate2wire
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To: La Enchiladita
USS Barack Obama Pictures, Images and Photos
11 posted on 01/07/2009 1:24:52 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: gate2wire
They could have, but we need something to be happy about this month...*sigh*
12 posted on 01/07/2009 1:34:26 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: La Enchiladita

I imagine my boy will be there ... he is stationed next door on the Truman.


13 posted on 01/07/2009 1:42:18 PM PST by RainMan
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To: stockstrader

The U.S.S. Obama will be a leaky destroyer with a perpetual 10 degree list to port.

The U.S.S. Clinton will be a Cigar boat.


14 posted on 01/07/2009 1:42:18 PM PST by Hazwaste (Feeling bitter and clingy since 1963.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Thanks for the ping, Dita!

I would imagine that the sailors would be SO proud and honored
to serve on this ship!


15 posted on 01/07/2009 1:44:09 PM PST by LUV W (Now....on to 2012........Palin/Jindal)
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To: Hazwaste; La Enchiladita
The U.S.S. Clinton will be a Cigar boat.

...or


U S S Clintoon

16 posted on 01/07/2009 1:48:39 PM PST by LUV W (Now....on to 2012........Palin/Jindal)
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To: RainMan

Outstanding!


17 posted on 01/07/2009 1:54:34 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: Vroomfondel; SC Swamp Fox; Fred Hayek; NY Attitude; P3_Acoustic; Bean Counter; investigateworld; ...
SONOBUOY PING!

Click on pic for past Navair pings.

Post or FReepmail me if you wish to be enlisted in or discharged from the Navair Pinglist.
The only requirement for inclusion in the Navair Pinglist is an interest in Naval Aviation.
This is a medium to low volume pinglist.

18 posted on 01/07/2009 1:57:07 PM PST by magslinger (I talk to myself but sometimes I like a third opinion.)
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To: La Enchiladita; Jarhead2844; USMCWriter; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; ...

Exciting Weekend in Norfolk Ping!


19 posted on 01/07/2009 5:20:45 PM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: La Enchiladita
Meanwhile, a Thai syndicate is commisioning the "SS Bill Clinton"...


20 posted on 01/07/2009 5:32:20 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck)
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To: freema

May they all have fair weather and a safe time.


21 posted on 01/07/2009 6:24:08 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice. Now once again please. Duncan Hunter in 2012.)
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To: gate2wire

There have been delays in the commissioning. According to the local paper (last month) the original commissioning date was last April, then it was changed to Veteran’s Day, and now to this Saturday. the paper also stated that the ship is still not ready to turn over to the Navy (some electronics systems upgrades) but the commissioning is happening because the “Navy did not want to delay its commissioning.”

My thought is that they want to commission it while W is still in office.

Link to the virginian-Pilot story:
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/12/carrier-george-hw-bush-pulled-norfolk


22 posted on 01/08/2009 4:04:07 AM PST by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: fredhead

“My thought is that they want to commission it while W is still in office.”

Makes sense.

IIRC, CVN 76 was delayed also. Probably a common occurrence.


23 posted on 01/08/2009 4:53:42 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire

Its about time, they had a fire on the Bush and it pushed them back timewise.

carriers are good but new ultra modern subs are better.

I think that is the new frontier, more stealth, more speed, sub launched drones, I love subs.


24 posted on 01/08/2009 5:01:55 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: Eye of Unk

“...but new ultra modern subs are better.”

Hard to land a plane on though. :-)


25 posted on 01/08/2009 5:07:58 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire

The Japanese had underwater aircraft carriers, they were called I boats, and the Navy has plans for a 21st century version, including submersible aircraft.

I kid you not.


26 posted on 01/08/2009 5:12:17 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: Eye of Unk

Sounds good.


27 posted on 01/08/2009 5:22:28 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire
My next model will be a Japanese sub of the I-400 that launched aircraft.
28 posted on 01/08/2009 5:23:02 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: gate2wire

29 posted on 01/08/2009 5:28:53 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: COBOL2Java; Marine_Uncle; freema; magslinger; gate2wire; LUV W
Captain Kevin O'Flaherty

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Aye, aye, Sir!

Poppy and the Cap'n

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30 posted on 01/08/2009 12:23:16 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: La Enchiladita

Nice pic.


31 posted on 01/08/2009 12:43:20 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice. Now once again please. Duncan Hunter in 2012.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Terrific news! Thanks so much for your ping, Dita! :)


32 posted on 01/09/2009 8:03:54 AM PST by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: La Enchiladita

It is also being carried on Fox. President George H W Bush is speaking now. PMSNBC and CNN have both ended coverage.


33 posted on 01/10/2009 9:07:07 AM PST by rwa265 (Christ, My Cornerstone)
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To: La Enchiladita

It is also being carried on Fox. President George H W Bush is speaking now. PMSNBC and CNN have both ended coverage.


34 posted on 01/10/2009 9:07:11 AM PST by rwa265 (Christ, My Cornerstone)
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To: fredhead

Exactly!


35 posted on 01/10/2009 9:12:53 AM PST by Colonel Jim
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To: rwa265

Thank you so much. I’m glad you saw this.
I’m going to have to catch a re-run or clips online.
I don’t have cable and wasn’t at the ‘puter earlier:).


36 posted on 01/10/2009 11:09:05 AM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: Eye of Unk; gate2wire

Quite amazing that!!

Did you guys see the dedication? I would appreciate knowing where I can see a re-run, thanks.


37 posted on 01/10/2009 11:10:43 AM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: La Enchiladita

I saw it on Fox, Bush Sr. was so proud and totally overwhelmed, it was cold and windy, and as a final tribute a Torpedo Bomber such that Bush flew in WW2 did a fly by.

An event like this will never happen to Obama unless he gives us eternal life and no taxes.


38 posted on 01/10/2009 11:18:48 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: Eye of Unk; magslinger; gate2wire; Marine_Uncle; All

I found the replay on C-Span: http://www.cspan.org/Watch/watch.aspx?MediaId=HP-R-14162

For anyone who missed, hurry up and watch before they take it down!!


39 posted on 01/10/2009 11:57:51 AM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us)
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To: La Enchiladita
"For anyone who missed, hurry up and watch before they take it down!!"
Thanks for the heads up. I will go to the link now.
40 posted on 01/11/2009 5:46:23 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice. Now once again please. Duncan Hunter in 2012.)
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To: La Enchiladita
I watched the service activation ceremony of the USS G.W.Bush Nimitz class carrier CVN77.
Thank you for providing the easy to get to CSPAN link.
Needless to say, my friend a few bits of moisture seemed to cloud my eyes on occasions.
41 posted on 01/11/2009 7:23:09 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice. Now once again please. Duncan Hunter in 2012.)
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