Skip to comments.Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush Visit CVN 77
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.
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Did they fix the heads yet?
Wow, what a beauty!
That truck parked on the bow creeps me out, though. Brrrr. Has anyone ever driven one overboard?
If anyone has, their last name was probably McCain. Imagine that, being a reverse ace in supply trucks too. ;^)
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!
The plane hanging over the left side looks a little precarious too.
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.
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?
PORT side, dammit! :-) (Unless you mean your left, in which case it would be starboard)
How many stories up is the deck from the water?
Would someone normally survive falling that far?
Hey I’ve never been on a ship. What do you think I am a pirate? :-)
I heard about that sad ‘incident’, back in ‘08.
I’ve served on board a sub and two carriers.
I can’t even imagine what that feel like! Yikes.
Just noticed THAT, AA! Holy carp; it looks like it’s going over, any second.
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!
“How many stories up is the deck from the water?”
“Would someone normally survive falling that far?”
No. They would hit the water with such velocity that it would be like hitting concrete.
funny, I’ve never met anyone who’s done it...
Thanks for the info. :-)
“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 =)
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!
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.
Yes. The get cheaper daily rates for uncovered spaces up there.
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.
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.
Looks the same coming or going, except sideways thru the rapids. That was fun.
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.
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.
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’’.