Skip to comments.*Commissioning USS George H.W.Bush LIVE on C-SPAN*
Posted on 01/10/2009 9:20:06 AM PST by Syncro
Tune in now, it's in the middle of the ceremony at this time.
Hay Jim, are you watching this?
C-SPAN doesn't cut away to talking heads though.
C-SPAN Link live feed.
Really cool ceremony. Loved the flyover of the WWII aircraft that Bush flew!
I wish I’d watched it on CSPAN. The FOX reporters wouldn’t SHUT UP
“Loved the flyover of the WWII aircraft that Bush flew!”
TBF or TBM Avenger.
Northrop Grumman christened the nations 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), on October 7, 2006. The ships namesake and 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, attended the ceremony and became the first president in the shipyards 120-year history to participate in the christening of his namesake ship.
Several members of the Bush family were on hand for the special occasion, including the former presidents wife Barbara and their daughter, Doro Bush Koch. Mrs. Koch serves as the ships sponsor and performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ships bow during the ceremony.
President George W. Bush also attended and honored his father during the ceremony as a special guest speaker.
This morning on Fox, one of the talking heads called the ship, a Battleship. We don’t make them anymore. Must be that public edumacation.
The George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) is the 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. This evolutionary ship will pave the way to a new class of carriers. Named after the nations 41st president, this powerful warship of the 21st century will feature numerous improvements and modernizations. Learn more about this state-of-the-art ship by visiting the links below.
Saw it on Fox. I felt a sense of melancholy. We might not see anything like this again for a long time. Obamalamadingdong will probably start gutting our military like a fish.
They are going sooooo Mainstream...
So what will be the next series be? bigger and by what name?
To be replayed at 8pm eastern tonite on C-SPAN
I watched this with tears in my eyes, such a moving tribute to Pres Bush 41’s service to our country. I loved it when he talked about feeling a special connection to the hand of God, when he gazed at the night sky aboard a carrier so many years ago...what a journey he has taken...and what a journey so many young servicemen are just begining. May God be with them all.
At least they talked about it, while the others ignored it.
Let's hope the need a garbage scow at that time...
Thanks. I needed a good laugh.
Loved it..May God bless this ship, it’s crew and President Bush.
Yes, I am glad the showed it.
Thanks for that info.
It will *sink* after taking a minor *blow*.
I am glad THEY showed it.
You are welcome.
I’m sure Jim Robinson will like to see it, as he is a United States Navy veteran and served on a destroyer.
I just checked C-SPAN.org for future airings...”2” doesn’t have it listed, and “1” doesn’t have anything listed for most of the day.
Could you ping me if you see it listed for future viewing, and I will reciprocate if I see it first? Thanks.
The retired military person helping with the commentary made a noteworthy comment when he said “...The last officer to take command of this ship before it is decommissioned hasn’t even been born yet”
It doesn't show up on their schedule yet.
CVN-78 will be the first of a new class of carriers, and will be named the USS Gerald R. Ford.
I agree. The FOX coverage was TERRIBLE. The "commentators" blabbered on incessantly when I wanted to hear what was happening AT THE CEREMONY THEY WERE COVERING. JEEEZ! Nonetheless, she's a beauty, with a fine crew. What an excellent addition to our forces.
Point taken. I should be thankful for that.
Good. Thank goodness for my Directv DVR so I can record it and not miss the NFL playoff game.
I just had a horrid thought! One day there will be a ‘USS Obama.’ Ugggh!
Enjoyed watching...what a great addition.
And I liked the flight across the ship of the WWII Fighter that President 41 piloted in the Pacific Theater.
My hubby is retired Navy, went through Pensacola OCS in ‘67.He didn’t get to Vietnam, but put in years at the Navy department. The pomp and ceremony was very moving. Thank goodness for C-Span. Talking heads, you just want to shoot them. We won’t see this military stuff as long as the dems are in charge. So glad they got this done while 43 is still in charge and 41 is still with us. They both made missteps, but I appreciate that they led with decency, not scandals. Our 4 year old grandson says that new “big boat” is awesome.
The CVN 21 began as the CVX, a new ship class that is the second and long-term part of the Navy's two-track strategy for aircraft carrier recapitalization. The Navy's vision for CVX is to develop a new class of aircraft carriers to significantly reduce total ownership cost and incorporate an architecture for change and flexibility, while maintaining the core capabilities of Naval aviation (high-volume firepower, survivability, sustainability and mobility) for the 21st Century and beyond. Achieving this vision will require significant design changes to incorporate advances in technology and to focus the design on enhanced affordability since little carrier research and development has been undertaken since the 1960's.
"We wont see this military stuff as long as the dems are in charge. So glad they got this done while 43 is still in charge and 41 is still with us. ...I appreciate that they led with decency, not scandals."Great comments, thanks!
"Our 4 year old grandson says that new 'big boat' is awesome."Cool, my grandson loves those big ships too and his uncle is on his way into the Navy.
“It will *sink* after taking a minor *blow*.”
You are sooooo bad...
They are soooo MSN these days.
But like one other poster mentioned, they did show parts of the ceremony.
They don't want to be too patriotic, might lose some of their "moderate" viewers.
Thanks for the thread...I couldn’t find it while I watched. I found the Fox hosts to be quite good and enjoyed their guest. I also thought they were very moved by the ceremony and very respectful of the military. What a wonderful honor for the Bush family. How we will miss them.
“You are sooooo bad...”
I missed my chance to see if you were too, didn’t I? :)
I hope not. There aren’t many warships named after presidents that did not serve either in the military or as Commander-in-Chief during a war. Reagan of course built up the US Navy after a dangerous decline and restored its confidence.
I think the best one is that we named a submarine after a war time president that asked Congress to declare war on Germany because of unrestricted submarine warfare.
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77)
PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619)
USS James Monroe (SSBN-622)
USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624)
USS James Madison (SSBN-627)
USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631)
USS James K. Polk (SSBN-645)
USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)
There was also a frigate USS Van Buren (PF-42), but that was named after the town in Arkansas.
Geez how did I miss this guy!?!
USS George Washington (SSBN-598)
USS George Washington (CVN-73)
First president and only one to have both a submarine and an aircraft carrier named after him.
That’s a relief, althougth Jimmy Carter made it in. Just so long as no ‘USS Obama’ or ‘USS Clinton.’
I feel your pain. However, at least Mr. Peanut was a officer in the US Navy and trained in the nuclear field. He was discharged from the navy before nuclear submarines were in service though. Yet some of his career included service on a diesel submarine.