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Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush Visit CVN 77
NAVY ^ | June 11 2012 | Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Kelly

Posted on 06/11/2012 12:18:37 PM PDT by moonshot925

USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) hosted the ship's namesake, former President George H.W. Bush, and his son, former President George W. Bush, for a promotion and reenlistment ceremony off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine, June 10.

"It's a great honor to be out here," said George H.W. Bush. "I'm thrilled to be on this vessel that bears my name, and I'm very proud of all of those that re-up'd for service to our great country."

The ship's sponsor, Doro Bush Koch, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and other members of the Bush family accompanied the Navy's newest aircraft carrier during a regularly scheduled training evolution to encourage the crew and raise morale.

While onboard CVN 77, the former presidents presided over a mass reenlistment, enlisted advancements, and officer promotions. This ceremony was the highlight of the visit and the crew to expressed their gratitude towards the ship's namesake.

(Excerpt) Read more at navy.mil ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aircraft; bush; carrier; george


1 posted on 06/11/2012 12:18:46 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Did they fix the heads yet?


2 posted on 06/11/2012 12:23:46 PM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: moonshot925

Wow, what a beauty!

That truck parked on the bow creeps me out, though. Brrrr. Has anyone ever driven one overboard?


3 posted on 06/11/2012 12:25:25 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Old Sarge
Yes, “green” collection, holding, and transfer (CHT) system that doesn't work. Go back to the good ol’ days when we pumped the $h!t overboard. Nothing worse for morale aboard ship than non-functioning heads — clogged / dirty crappers, no hot water, no water at all. Away the Turd Buster Team!
4 posted on 06/11/2012 12:29:00 PM PDT by twister881
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To: carriage_hill

If anyone has, their last name was probably McCain. Imagine that, being a reverse ace in supply trucks too. ;^)


5 posted on 06/11/2012 12:32:42 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: carriage_hill
That truck parked on the bow creeps me out, though. Brrrr. Has anyone ever driven one overboard?

That's an aviation firefighting rig (white color gives it away). And yes, they have gone overboard in the past.

Even bigger pucker-factor is for the flight deck director to spin an aircraft around on the bow at night, with the nosewheel behind the pilot and inches from the edge. Almost as nerve-wracking for the pilot as the night trap just occurred!

6 posted on 06/11/2012 12:36:24 PM PDT by twister881
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To: moonshot925

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iewHcmH9As


7 posted on 06/11/2012 12:37:42 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: carriage_hill

The plane hanging over the left side looks a little precarious too.


8 posted on 06/11/2012 12:40:56 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Average Al

Yes, called tail over water (TOW), as opposed to tail over deck (TOD). Maximizes deck space for launches and recoveries. Aircraft are securely chocked and chained before being shut down. Greater risk is for plane captains or maintenance crew to slip off the back of the bird and into the water when things get slick.


9 posted on 06/11/2012 12:44:38 PM PDT by twister881
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To: twister881

Here’s perhaps a dumb question. Are all of the planes (and trucks!) stored underneath and brought up - or do they use the flight deck for long-term parking as well? I imagine the former?


10 posted on 06/11/2012 12:48:21 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Average Al
"The plane hanging over the left side looks a little precarious too."

PORT side, dammit! :-) (Unless you mean your left, in which case it would be starboard)

11 posted on 06/11/2012 12:48:26 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: twister881

How many stories up is the deck from the water?
Would someone normally survive falling that far?


12 posted on 06/11/2012 12:50:35 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Edward Teach

Hey I’ve never been on a ship. What do you think I am a pirate? :-)


13 posted on 06/11/2012 12:52:47 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I heard about that sad ‘incident’, back in ‘08.


14 posted on 06/11/2012 12:59:53 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Average Al

I’ve served on board a sub and two carriers.


15 posted on 06/11/2012 1:00:26 PM PDT by brivette
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To: twister881

I can’t even imagine what that feel like! Yikes.


16 posted on 06/11/2012 1:02:26 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Average Al

Just noticed THAT, AA! Holy carp; it looks like it’s going over, any second.


17 posted on 06/11/2012 1:04:36 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Average Al; Edward Teach; brivette

I remember port & starboard, bow & stern, from my Boy Scout Canoe Trip excusions on the Illinois Fox River, back in the 50s. Whoooooooooe, what great times those were!

http://village.millbrook.il.us/sites/default/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/1/fox%20river%20web2.jpg


18 posted on 06/11/2012 1:10:09 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: brivette
Can anyone fathom the injustice in naming one of these fine ships after a self-proffessed draft dodger and a muzzie sympathizer? I think everyone knows who I'm talking about
19 posted on 06/11/2012 1:16:07 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: Average Al

“How many stories up is the deck from the water?”

80-90 feet

“Would someone normally survive falling that far?”

No. They would hit the water with such velocity that it would be like hitting concrete.


20 posted on 06/11/2012 1:23:21 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

funny, I’ve never met anyone who’s done it...


21 posted on 06/11/2012 1:35:14 PM PDT by brivette
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To: moonshot925

Thanks for the info. :-)


22 posted on 06/11/2012 1:35:51 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: NCC-1701

“Can anyone fathom the injustice in naming one of these fine ships after a self-proffessed draft dodger and a muzzie sympathizer? I think everyone knows who I’m talking about “

I think the Muzzie Sympathizer already has his it is called USS ODumbo which was named for a flotilla that sail by his terrorist buddies to protest against Isreal. Well luck has it, it never went to its final destination =)


23 posted on 06/11/2012 1:52:10 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: moonshot925

It’s closer to 60 feet, and yes, there have been people who have fallen or been blown off the flight deck and survived the fall. One of them was in my squadron!


24 posted on 06/11/2012 1:55:24 PM PDT by castowell (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: carriage_hill

Yea, but on a canoe how could you go wrong? If you look at the other end of the canoe you would probably be right.


25 posted on 06/11/2012 1:56:36 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: 21twelve
Aircraft and ground service equipment (GSE) are kept on both the flight deck and hangar deck. Outside of normal flight operations and at certain times, must have fixed and rotary wing aircraft on the flight deck and in ready alert status for quick launch, if the need arises.
26 posted on 06/11/2012 1:57:19 PM PDT by twister881
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To: 21twelve
or do they use the flight deck for long-term parking as well?

Yes. The get cheaper daily rates for uncovered spaces up there.

27 posted on 06/11/2012 1:57:38 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: 21twelve

The short answer is both. The planes in the hangar bay (below deck) are usually undergoing some sort of maintenance. The planes on the flight deck are the “up” aircraft that will be used for that day’s flight operations. The hangar bay can only hold so many aircraft, so it is usually the call of the Handler to determine where the aircraft is to be parked. Most of the vehicles remain on the flight deck, unless space is needed or again, if they need maintenance.


28 posted on 06/11/2012 2:00:06 PM PDT by castowell (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: carriage_hill

Golleh. Where’d you go from/to on the Fox?

I did a scout canoe trip about 15 miles down the Rock River once, although we lived within walking distance of the Fox.


29 posted on 06/11/2012 2:00:15 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Average Al

Looks the same coming or going, except sideways thru the rapids. That was fun.


30 posted on 06/11/2012 2:02:16 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Average Al

It’s about 60 feet up, and yes, personnel have survived the fall. Some haven’t. Everyone on the deck during flight quarters must wear an inflatable vest, helmet, and signaling device.


31 posted on 06/11/2012 2:02:25 PM PDT by twister881
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To: NCC-1701
USS Obama = Orbital Garbage Scow


32 posted on 06/11/2012 2:05:19 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: castowell
That's pretty amazing. Did you give him an interesting nick name?
33 posted on 06/11/2012 2:09:03 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Erasmus

We’d be driven up and start in Wisconsin and go down thru central Illinois, where we’d be met by the Troop trucks and trailers. We had to portage in some areas, in Summer, when the river flow went shallow, and it took 8-12 days/nights, IIRC. We all lived in Arlington Hts/Mt Prospect, NW ‘burbs of Chicago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_River_(Illinois_River_tributary)


34 posted on 06/11/2012 2:09:03 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: moonshot925

Beautiful. Now sail it up the Strait of Hormuz and tell the f’ing Saudis “We’re taking the oil ragheads, you don’t like it, tough’’.


35 posted on 06/11/2012 7:33:58 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: 21twelve
Yes, they're stored below the flight deck in a ‘’hanger deck’’. They're bought up on a massive hydraulic lift. I believe on every carrier there are two to three of these massive lifts.
36 posted on 06/11/2012 7:38:19 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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