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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
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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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