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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
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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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