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Navy to commission CVN-77, USS George H.W. Bush
WashTimes ^ | Saturday, January 10, 2009 | Sara A. Carter

Posted on 01/10/2009 6:19:47 AM PST by Joiseydude

Former President George H. W. Bush will be honored for his military career when the U.S. Navy commissions its new aircraft carrier Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk.

The president's son, President Bush, will speak as the Navy commissions the 1,092-foot CVN-77, which will be named the USS George H.W. Bush.

"The president is honored to participate in the commissioning of the USS George H.W. Bush both as the commander in chief and as a proud son," White House spokesman Carlton F. Carroll told The Washington Times.

On Friday, workers finished the last details on the nuclear-powered carrier, which towers 20 stories above the waterline and has a flight deck width of 252 feet. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the 11 a.m. event Saturday, according to Navy officials.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bush41; bush43; cvn77; georgehwbush; military; navair; navalaviator; navy; nimitzclass; norfolk; usnavy; ussgeorgehwbush
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1 posted on 01/10/2009 6:19:47 AM PST by Joiseydude
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To: Joiseydude
Last line of story - wapo is getting really sloppy....

"The aircraft carrier will be the 10th and final Nimitz-class sub and the ninth in the Navy's fleet."

2 posted on 01/10/2009 6:24:08 AM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Joiseydude
I wasn't crazy about President Bush 41, but he was one heck of an Navel Aviator, and certainly deserves this honor.
3 posted on 01/10/2009 6:25:37 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: Coldwater Creek

Navel=Navy


4 posted on 01/10/2009 6:26:52 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: Joiseydude

Jimminy Karter got a submarine. /Hah!


5 posted on 01/10/2009 6:29:10 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Coldwater Creek
I wasn't crazy about President Bush 41, but he was one heck of an Navel Aviator, and certainly deserves this honor.

LOL, you're thinking of JFK, who certainly was a 'navel aviator', at least when it came to Marilyn Monroe. ;)

I'm waiting to hear that the CVN-77's slogan will be "Wouldn't Be Prudent", lol
6 posted on 01/10/2009 6:31:20 AM PST by mkjessup ("An empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Hussein Obama got out")
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To: Coldwater Creek
I wasn't crazy about President Bush 41, but he was one heck of an Navel Aviator, and certainly deserves this honor.
I actually object to the abuse of the exception carved out for President Reagan who, although still alive, had given an entirely new meaning to the term "political suicide" with his farewell letter announcing his Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis. Now we are to take it as routine that a son names a capital ship after his yet-living father. It really isn't cricket, you know . . .

7 posted on 01/10/2009 6:32:03 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Change is what journalism is all about. NATURALLY "change" is a winning political slogan.)
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To: Don Corleone
Jimminy Karter got a submarine. /Hah!

Clinton and Obama will get carriers. The last three carriers have been Republicans - Reagan, Bush, and the soon-to-be-built Gerald Ford. My prediction is that the next four will be the John F. Kennedy(II), the William J. Clinton, the Brarack H. Obama, and the new Enterprise will be in the mix somewhere because they've gotta keep all the Star Trek fans happy.

8 posted on 01/10/2009 6:33:09 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: mkjessup
I'm waiting to hear that the CVN-77's slogan will be "Wouldn't Be Prudent", lol

I spent enough time in the navy, and know the enlisted mind well enough, to be able of think of half a dozen nicknames based on the name that will be applied to the ship by her crew.

9 posted on 01/10/2009 6:36:01 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Joiseydude
Just to tweak Zero's nose:

Two Bushes set to commission unfinished carrier

The Navy is rushing to commission its newest aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, while its namesake's son is still commander-in-chief. In an unusual move, the early January commissioning ceremony will take place before the Navy has accepted delivery of the ship or conducted sea trials. The Nimitz-class carrier, built by Northrop Grumman Corp. at its Newport News, Va., shipyard, is rated at 97% complete.


10 posted on 01/10/2009 6:39:27 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
I actually object to the abuse of the exception carved out for President Reagan who, although still alive, had given an entirely new meaning to the term "political suicide" with his farewell letter announcing his Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis.

What would that new meaning be?

11 posted on 01/10/2009 6:39:53 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Coldwater Creek
I wasn't crazy about President Bush 41, but he was one heck of an Navel Aviator, and certainly deserves this honor.

Amen - and we'll never see a movie or book about his heroic story - pubbies don't count

12 posted on 01/10/2009 6:42:55 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: Yo-Yo
Just to tweak Zero's nose

I doubt it's a tweak, just a courtesy. Why wouldn't Junior as commander in chief want to preside of the commissioning of a carrier named for his father?

Besides, the Navy isn't stupid. Obama holds the purse strings for the next 4 years. You don't tweak the man with the money.

13 posted on 01/10/2009 6:43:37 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Don Corleone
Jimminy Karter got a submarine. /Hah!

Yep!


14 posted on 01/10/2009 6:44:04 AM PST by jslade (People who are easily offended......OFFEND ME!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

I don’t like the naming after presidents except the Reagan.
bring back names like uss Midway and Lexington


15 posted on 01/10/2009 6:46:05 AM PST by omega4179 (Bush Abandoned Ramos and Compean)
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To: Non-Sequitur
I spent enough time in the navy, and know the enlisted mind well enough, to be able of think of half a dozen nicknames based on the name that will be applied to the ship by her crew.

I'm sure you do!

[I spent some time at NAVSEASYSCOM, so I have an inkling of what you're talking about, lol]
16 posted on 01/10/2009 6:47:45 AM PST by mkjessup ("An empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Hussein Obama got out")
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To: Coldwater Creek

...Navel= Naval...<[-:)=


17 posted on 01/10/2009 6:48:49 AM PST by gargoyle (..."If this be treason, make the most of it.". Patrick Henry...)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Bush can be a problematic last name if you want to get a carrier named after you.

Oh well. At least his name wasn’t “Target” or “Relic.”


18 posted on 01/10/2009 6:49:12 AM PST by Our man in washington (Before Bush, there were no Iraqi journalists, shoe-throwing or otherwise)
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To: mkjessup

“Bush” alone conjures up any number of possible nicknames.


19 posted on 01/10/2009 6:49:32 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: omega4179
I don’t like the naming after presidents except the Reagan

They've been doing it for 60 years.

20 posted on 01/10/2009 6:50:58 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Coldwater Creek
certainly deserves this honor

Deserves it, my ass.

Major fleet units, capital ships, should be named after historic military victories (Lexington, Yorktown) or states (Missouri, Iowa). Since SSB(N)s have taken over the state name tradition of the BBs, I think we should stick with tradition.

However much you think of them, the USS George H.W. Bush and the USS Gerald Ford make inevitable the USS William J. Clinton and the USS Barack Hussein Obama.

Naming ships after politicians, especially living ones, should never have been permitted.

And now, it's made the future disgrace of a USS Clinton inevitable. It's shameful.

21 posted on 01/10/2009 6:53:56 AM PST by Jim Noble (Long May Our Land Be Bright With Freedom's Holy Light)
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To: Our man in washington

I went through Department Head School with another officer who had done a tour with a squadron off the Kennedy. He had a patch on his flight jacket from a Med Cruise that had a picture of an outhouse and the words “Big John” and “The Head of the Med”. You can imagine what Bush will be like.


22 posted on 01/10/2009 6:55:04 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: mkjessup

Now! I corrected that error!


23 posted on 01/10/2009 6:56:00 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: Non-Sequitur

I know the worship of politicians started after the war but the ships named after battles and admirals are all retired now.


24 posted on 01/10/2009 6:57:05 AM PST by omega4179 (Bush Abandoned Ramos and Compean)
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To: Non-Sequitur

“a new world order”


25 posted on 01/10/2009 6:57:50 AM PST by omega4179 (Bush Abandoned Ramos and Compean)
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To: xcamel
Last line of story - wapo is getting really sloppy....

Not WaPo, WaTi. Even less excusable.

26 posted on 01/10/2009 6:57:57 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Non-Sequitur

Yes, you are correct. But it makes ME feel better thinking it is just to tweak Zero’s nose!


27 posted on 01/10/2009 7:01:19 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Jim Noble
I repeat 41 deserves this honor due to his WW2 service to this country, not to mention all of his other accomplishments.

Clinton and Dear Leader have never served a second in our Armed Forces.

The naming of ships for living presidents began with Ronald Reagan.

28 posted on 01/10/2009 7:03:16 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: Coldwater Creek

Noted! LOL


29 posted on 01/10/2009 7:04:26 AM PST by mkjessup ("An empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Hussein Obama got out")
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To: omega4179

Nimitz is still around.


30 posted on 01/10/2009 7:10:10 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Coldwater Creek
The naming of ships for living presidents began with Ronald Reagan.

The naming of ships for living politicians started with the Carl Vinson and continued through the John Stennis.

31 posted on 01/10/2009 7:12:30 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur
I didn't mention living pols, just presidents.
32 posted on 01/10/2009 7:15:54 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: Jim Noble

I can’t stand to think of a USS Clinton. Lets go back to using state names.


33 posted on 01/10/2009 7:16:36 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I can’t stand to think of a USS Clinton.

Too late.

What did you think would happen after Jerry Ford and Poppy Bush got carriers, when the wheel turned?

34 posted on 01/10/2009 7:21:22 AM PST by Jim Noble (Long May Our Land Be Bright With Freedom's Holy Light)
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To: Joiseydude; mkjessup; Non-Sequitur

Lessee, here... Fun Facts about CVN-77:

They don’t serve broccoli in the Officers’ Mess;

The all-hands call “Now Hear This!” is replaced by “Read My Lips!”

The first accident sustained by CVN-77 will involve a torpedoing accident by the USS Ross Perot.


35 posted on 01/10/2009 7:55:48 AM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: Old Sarge

Now THAT’s some funny stuff!!! LOL


36 posted on 01/10/2009 7:59:38 AM PST by mkjessup ("An empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Hussein Obama got out")
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To: Coldwater Creek
Naval
37 posted on 01/10/2009 8:04:22 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: maine-iac7
Flyboys, by James Bradley.

Not nearly as good as was Flags of Our Fathers, but it was in part about GHWB's exploits in the Pacific.

38 posted on 01/10/2009 8:15:54 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Yo-Yo
Just to tweak Zero's nose:

A few weeks ago, I watched while they towed the USS Bush "deadship" from the Newport News builder's yard over to the NOB (Naval Operations Base) Norfolk for the Commisioning...The timing being for the sole purpose of allowing President Bush to get this done while still in office. The mighty Bush being able to get out its own way? No way. A tweak of Zero's nose? YOU BETCHA!

39 posted on 01/10/2009 8:32:41 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES (Always bring a liberal to a gunfight)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Besides that Clintoon already has that GARBAGE SCOW with his name on it.


40 posted on 01/10/2009 8:35:57 AM PST by snowman1 (SHAMNESTY.)
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To: Joiseydude
I am certain there will be no US Navy ship named after Obama or Clinton. It is a travesty enough that a US submarine bears the name of Jimmy Carter.
41 posted on 01/10/2009 8:38:01 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

I corrected that error long ago!


42 posted on 01/10/2009 8:39:20 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: Joiseydude

After hearing the things said about former George H.W. Bush, I can’t for this life of me imagine anything close ever being said about the next president to be sworn in....


43 posted on 01/10/2009 8:45:23 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Joiseydude

Shoot!!! Too bad they didn’t call the new ship “The Read My Lips”.


44 posted on 01/10/2009 8:46:21 AM PST by kenmcg (cOMMBYAH)
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To: xcamel

Ship’s Name Hull Number Homeport / Status
NIMITZ CVN 68 San Diego, CA
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CVN 69 Norfolk, VA
CARL VINSON CVN 70 Newport News, Va.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN 71 Norfolk, VA
ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN 72 Everett, WA
GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN 73 Yokosuka, Japan
JOHN C. STENNIS CVN 74 Bremerton, WA
HARRY S. TRUMAN CVN 75 Norfolk, VA
RONALD REAGAN CVN 76 San Diego, CA
GEORGE H. W. BUSH CVN 77 precom


45 posted on 01/10/2009 8:50:04 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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To: Joiseydude
Watching live...gosh, I will miss this family. What a wonderful ceremony. Gov. Kaine's remarks were very gracious to the Bush family and our military. W speaking now...what an honor for him to celebrate his dad.
46 posted on 01/10/2009 8:50:56 AM PST by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Jim Noble

“Naming ships after politicians, especially living ones, should never have been permitted.”
Totally agree - or anything, for that matter. Like the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage.


47 posted on 01/10/2009 8:56:26 AM PST by dainbramaged (the Tree of Liberty needs watering)
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To: Miss Didi

A very moving ceremony indeed. I hate to think what it would have been like if President Elect Barack Hussein Obama had been in office already. He would most likely have had representatives from the Kenyan Navy there. After all he has no U.S. Military background nor does he have any close relatives who served in the U.S. Military. I guess thats a problem for all of the African Americans running around wondering who be their daddy.


48 posted on 01/10/2009 9:23:17 AM PST by cquiggy
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To: Miss Didi; Freee-dame

I wonder if this is the last time we will see President Bush give a speech? Very bittersweet occasion, I am so glad that the commissioning was able to be done before January 20, 2009.

This was a very special Bush family ceremony.

GHWB: born June 12, 1924 - a Carrier pilot before he was twenty years old!

The Captain of CVN 77 stated that pilot Bush flew 58 combat missions. The cspan crawl stated that he flew “several” missions! The staff of cspan responsible for wriing the crawl messages continue their mission of insulting anything Republican-related. They must all be totally devoted to their prime viewers - the radical leftist callers, and the cable companies who pay the bills.


49 posted on 01/10/2009 9:26:40 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Weathermen Project.)
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To: Don Corleone

Carter’s Navel career was on Submarines.


50 posted on 01/10/2009 9:32:29 AM PST by ThomasThomas ( Never mind.........it may go both ways...)
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