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Navy Christens Newest Aircraft Carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (Awesome Video)
Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 11/10/2013 1:51:44 PM PST by lbryce

The Navy has christened its newest aircraft carrier, which will join the fleet in 2016.

The USS Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship in the Navy’s next class of aircraft carriers. It was christened Saturday at the Newport News shipyard where it was built.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aircraftcarrier; geraldrford; usnavy
The Ford class represents the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years. Among other things, it will be able to launch jets faster than previous aircraft carriers and will require fewer crew members. The Navy anticipates that having fewer crew members on board will save $4 billion over the ship’s 50-year life span.

For only a brief moment, let us all harken back to the halcyon days in which America ruled supreme at the very pinnacle of all its preeminent glory, power and prestige, to escape the harsh, sobering reality in which America continues to be diminished in shameless, unabated manner.

We all have this intense fantasy in which we somehow persevere through this horrifically surreal existence in which we find ourselves in, to have finally arrived to the long awaited moment when we will be set free to undo that which has been meticulously unleashed upon us all to elicit maximum irrevocable damage but that which I fear we might have already crossed the Rubicon in regard to a return to an earlier age of American strength and vitality, global supremacy.

I shudder to think how in the tradition of naming navy ships after former US presidents, even Carter has a submarine named after him, of the day when a naval vessel gets named USS Zero.

Wikipedia:List of U.S. military vessels named after Presidents

The Navy already having done enough to shame itself in the naming of a ship after one as infamous and ignominious as that of which is cited below, nothing would surprise me.

CNN:May 18, 2011:Navy Names Ship After Labor Activist Cesar Chavez

The U.S. Navy has named one of its newest ships after Mexican-American labor organizer Cesar Chavez, officials said Wednesday.

The decision was an ideal fit for the latest in the Lewis and Clark class of ships, which bear the names of legendary pioneers and explorers, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement.

B-A-A-A-A-A-R-R-R-R-R-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F!!!!!

1 posted on 11/10/2013 1:51:45 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

I’m just glad it’s not named the USS Harvey Milk.

Obama’s should be a garbage scow.


2 posted on 11/10/2013 1:59:11 PM PST by Argus
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To: lbryce

Except for tripping over a small stool, the USS Ford Christening went perfect.


3 posted on 11/10/2013 1:59:43 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: lbryce

Agreed...


4 posted on 11/10/2013 2:01:09 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
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To: lbryce
I shudder to think how in the tradition of naming navy ships after former US presidents, even Carter has a submarine named after him, of the day when a naval vessel gets named USS Zero.

You know it's going to happen. Probably before he's dead and maybe before Clinton gets one named for him.

5 posted on 11/10/2013 2:02:23 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Argus

I wouldn’t a suck pump after nobama...although it would be appropriate in an a way!


6 posted on 11/10/2013 2:03:37 PM PST by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: lbryce

It`s nice to know that the U.S. Navy still uses a Christian term
[christen = to baptize]
to launch its ships
instead of Allahu Akbar...


7 posted on 11/10/2013 2:04:14 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ((("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)))
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To: Argus

“USS Harvey Milk.”

It’s a surveillance vessel.

Parked by a boys only elementary school.


8 posted on 11/10/2013 2:05:05 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: lbryce

Frankly, naval ship naming is a soup sandwich.

No ship should be named after anyone who hasn’t been dead for 50 years, or awarded the Medal of Honor. Certainly not after a politician tha that hasn’t been dead for 50 years.

That said, capital ships shouldn’t be name after people at all.


9 posted on 11/10/2013 2:10:22 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Usagi_yo

LOL! Very well said!


10 posted on 11/10/2013 2:13:40 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

Cool. But the navy has to stop naming carriers after politicians.


11 posted on 11/10/2013 2:18:06 PM PST by skeeter
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To: ldish

Obama could have one of those Port a Potty suction pumps named after him and it would be an insult to the pump.


12 posted on 11/10/2013 2:38:16 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: lbryce

What most people do not realize is Cesar Chavez was a great supporter of border control. He was primarily a union organizer of field workers. He realized that an influx of illegals would depress the wage scale of his United States Citizens union members.

If Ceasar Chavez had of been successful we might be paying $1.50 for a head of lettuce but would not have 30 million illegals in our nation that are draining the social welfare system day after day after month after year.

I vote for lettuce that is $1.50 and no illegals! It is worth the price.


13 posted on 11/10/2013 2:38:30 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: lbryce

I heard a crazy story(urban legend?) about a traditional Marine birthday dash that happens in D.C. at night with a drunk Marine in a naked sprint to touch the White House columns while Secret Service agents aim to block that from occurring. Any truth to this story?


14 posted on 11/10/2013 2:45:14 PM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: lbryce
Obozo’s ship will be canoe, sinking in Lake Victoria.
15 posted on 11/10/2013 2:59:18 PM PST by Fungi
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To: lbryce

Did the gov’t provide “imams” to curse the ship in Arabic at the ceremonies?


16 posted on 11/10/2013 3:01:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: lbryce

Nobody fell down the gangplank?


17 posted on 11/10/2013 3:06:31 PM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: lbryce

The USS Gerald R. Ford: christened, launched and immediately plowed into the pier. (ala Chevy Chase SNL).


18 posted on 11/10/2013 3:26:23 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: DoodleDawg

If and when the name a ship the Obama it will be called the biggest naval ship ever. But like its namesake it will be a rowboat and it will be another lie just like he is.


19 posted on 11/10/2013 3:35:27 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: SampleMan
That said, capital ships shouldn’t be name after people at all.

Your whole post was very sensible. And since the fleet carriers are today's capital ships, it might be a good idea to name them after the states.

20 posted on 11/10/2013 3:54:24 PM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: lbryce

Does it have a 9 hole golf course?

When flight ops are thru,why not?


21 posted on 11/10/2013 4:49:05 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: SampleMan
That said, capital ships shouldn’t be name after people at all.

Agreed. It would be nice to name them after events like famous carrier battles (Midway, Coral Sea) or historic patriotic events. I'm happy to hear there will be another Enterprise.

22 posted on 11/10/2013 4:51:48 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

It looks like the magnetic launch system is going to work. I was reading about it and it has closed-loop control so that the stress/strain on the airframe is minimized (controlled acceleration/loading). This might make the planes last longer, and might make it possible to launch modified planes that would otherwise be impossible to launch. The takeoffs are supposed to beat the daylights out of the airframe (and pilot) even if everything goes just right with a steam catapult.


23 posted on 11/10/2013 5:57:01 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Argus

He would be one of those smaller assault boats that travels inside the hull of a larger ship. He wouldn’t really have to work then, like now. We could call it a golfing trawler.


24 posted on 11/10/2013 6:55:51 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: lbryce

after it’s christening, it promptly stumbled down the dry dock.


25 posted on 11/10/2013 7:46:38 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: lbryce

after it’s christening, it promptly stumbled down the dry dock.


26 posted on 11/10/2013 7:46:40 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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