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USS ENTERPRISE ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA
ABC | 11-09-01 | dfu

Posted on 11/09/2001 5:57:41 AM PST by doug from upland

Well other time zones, I'm about to watch two hours of the ENTERPRISE. How was it in the other time zones???


TOPICS: Announcements; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ussenterprise

1 posted on 11/09/2001 5:57:41 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Had trouble getting Fox News this morning, and turned to this. The part I saw was old fashioned, feel good, patriotic we-love-our-country, we-love-our-military stuff. Worth watching.
2 posted on 11/09/2001 6:10:01 AM PST by joathome
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To: joathome
What? What? ABC??? They carried the President's speech last night as well.

Eisner must have laid down the law. That is the only explanation I can come up with.

3 posted on 11/09/2001 6:12:40 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: doug from upland
A great show so far. I just hope the ABC hosts don't steal the ship's merchandise like happened when a Scumbag gang visited a ship.
4 posted on 11/09/2001 6:15:51 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
I love the Big E but she is getting a little long in the tooth. Launched in 1963, I think. That is a very long time for a ship to spend in salt water. Maybe it is time to decommission her and transfer the name to a new carrier.
5 posted on 11/09/2001 6:17:24 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Blood of Tyrants
She recently underwent an extensive overhaul at Newport News.
6 posted on 11/09/2001 6:19:45 AM PST by csvset
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To: doug from upland
I thought the Enterprise was just one ship, but it's an entire fleet, including subs, frigates and battle ships. The parts on GMA that I saw were very inspiring, brought tears to my eyes knowing that these brave men and women were fighting to protect me. God Bless the United States military.
7 posted on 11/09/2001 6:25:23 AM PST by FRlurker
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To: FRlurker
WELCOME HOME JOSH!
8 posted on 11/09/2001 6:30:47 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: SLJP; goodieD; mtngrl@vrwc; Mama_Bear; patriciaruth
Ping
Will I see you tonight?
9 posted on 11/09/2001 6:39:48 AM PST by JustAmy
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I love the Big E but she is getting a little long in the tooth. Launched in 1963, I think. That is a very long time for a ship to spend in salt water. Maybe it is time to decommission her and transfer the name to a new carrier.

I beg to disagree. Her new cores are good for 20+ years. She is also the first and finest "Enterprise Class" carrier.

10 posted on 11/09/2001 6:46:23 AM PST by hut1hut2
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To: hut1hut2
You must look at the ship as a whole. A ship that is nearly 40 years old IS old. Nuke, or no nuke, steam pipes get rusty, things wear out, equipment becomes outdated.
11 posted on 11/09/2001 6:56:55 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: JustAmy
Will I see you tonight?

Yes, I wouldn't miss it for the world!

12 posted on 11/09/2001 7:12:43 AM PST by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: hut1hut2
She is actually the only one in her class.
13 posted on 11/09/2001 7:15:36 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: Blood of Tyrants
You must look at the ship as a whole. A ship that is nearly 40 years old IS old. Nuke, or no nuke, steam pipes get rusty, things wear out, equipment becomes outdated.

And they get replaced. Every inch of steam plant piping has been replaced more than once, every pump, valve, turbine, cooler etc. has been rebuilt, replaced overhauled UMPTEEN times.

14 posted on 11/09/2001 7:42:57 AM PST by hut1hut2
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To: doug from upland
She is actually the only one in her class.

She is actually in a class of her own.

Thanks, MOTO

15 posted on 11/09/2001 7:50:11 AM PST by hut1hut2
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Hey, what's going on? I wasn't invited.
16 posted on 11/09/2001 7:50:38 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: hut1hut2
What is it with you guys? It is a ship. An inanimate object that is wearing out. Just how long do think she will be seaworthy? How many times can a turbine be rebuilt?

Yes, she has a long proud history, but she also carries the name of ANOTHER ship that was decomissioned and scrapped.

Truthfully, she is nearing the end of her economical and useful life. I say retire her and make her a floating museum as soon as we have a replacement. (And we cn blame clontoon for NOT having a replacement.)

17 posted on 11/09/2001 8:01:42 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: hut1hut2
She is actually in a class of her own.

BMP to the Big E...still a beauty after all these years and the fastest carrier in the fleet.

18 posted on 11/09/2001 8:01:58 AM PST by Al B.
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To: doug from upland
I give credit to the show I've not watched in years. They did a pretty good job. Thank goodness Katie wasn't there.
19 posted on 11/09/2001 8:09:59 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: Blood of Tyrants
A 50 year life span is not unreasonable for a capital ship.
20 posted on 11/09/2001 8:13:32 AM PST by wny
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Yes, she has a long proud history, but she also carries the name of ANOTHER ship that was decomissioned and scrapped.

That mark in history is a shame, too. The most decorated ship in WWII, reduced to scrap in 1959. They needed to raise $2 million in the period of a few months to save it.

I disagree with you that it's just a piece of steel. So would just about every sailor in the U.S. Navy.
21 posted on 11/09/2001 8:16:23 AM PST by hawkeyeBetsy
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To: doug from upland
That old barge will last forever.

(Well, at least Main Machinery Room #4 will. I know, because I lubed and painted a good deal of it...)

B-chan
Former MM3, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65)

22 posted on 11/09/2001 8:20:52 AM PST by B-Chan
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"Big E" completed a SLEP overhaul/Refueling in '95. This was intended to extend her life 20-30 years.

Does it make economic sense to keep her commissioned? The overhaul money has been spent. As long as it is cheaper to operate Enterprise than construct a new carrier, the answer is yes.

A peice of equipment can be rebuilt many times. You replace all the parts subject to wear. When does your computer wear out? How many times can you replace the hard drive or motherboard? Equipment can be replaced and upgraded almost infinitely.

Another thing to consider: Ask a squid how often he has taken apart a valve or pump or other piece of equipment. Or chipped and painted a bulkhead whether it needs it or not. These ships are generally well cared for.

23 posted on 11/09/2001 8:25:25 AM PST by hut1hut2
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To: hawkeyeBetsy
I was also in the Navy. VAQ-140 out of Whidbey Island, Washington. Served aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in '86. She was 18 years old then and was starting to look old. Ask any sailor that has served aboard a 40 year old ship about the problems with electrical, plumbing, and other things. You will find that they would much prefer to serve aboard a new ship.

The JFK is in the reserves and the USS America has already been retired and is 3 years younger than the Enterprise. The MAIN reason that the Enterprise is still on active duty is because she is a nuke. If she weren't, she would have long been decomissioned.

24 posted on 11/09/2001 8:26:04 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: doug from upland
We who live in the "hinterlands" i.e. Chicago, know little about the great capital ships of our navy, save pictures and articles written about them. Some, however, have had the opportunity to experience, in person what one of these magnificent ships look like and "feel" like.

I am one of those lucky ones. I have one picture of an aircraft carrier in my mind. When I hear the words I see only one ship in my minds eye.

U.S.S. Enterprise.

I can still see the majesty and feel the power of that ship as it sat in Alameda(sp?) when I visited San Fransico over 20 years ago.

25 posted on 11/09/2001 8:27:26 AM PST by MarketR
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To: Blood of Tyrants
What is it with you guys? It is a ship. An inanimate object that is wearing out. Just how long do think she will be seaworthy? How many times can a turbine be rebuilt?

Stop trolling!!

26 posted on 11/09/2001 8:27:38 AM PST by hut1hut2
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To: B-Chan
(Well, at least Main Machinery Room #4 will. I know, because I lubed and painted a good deal of it...)

Er, was it pushing #1 and pulling 2 and 3?

27 posted on 11/09/2001 8:29:32 AM PST by hut1hut2
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To: doug from upland
I happened to be in Virginia last April and watched the Big E battle group sail out. It was truly an awesome experience for this landlubber. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine at that time what the Enterprise's ultimate mission would be. Welcome home, well done.
28 posted on 11/09/2001 8:30:07 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: hut1hut2
At the time I served in her, ENTERPRISE had eight nuclear reactors. Each RX drove four steam generators; eight steam generators each fed into the four Westinghouse turbine systems that drove the four screws that drove the ship. Each of the four turbines (and gearboxes) was located in a space called a Main Machinery Room. I worked in #4 MMR, port side amidships.

It's hot and noisy down there.

29 posted on 11/09/2001 8:35:50 AM PST by B-Chan
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To: doug from upland

ENTERPRISE website

30 posted on 11/09/2001 8:41:09 AM PST by B-Chan
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To: B-Chan
I was referring to a sign that was posted above the ladder to the MMR from "the flats".

It may have been in #2, with similar wording.

It's hot and noisy down there.

EOS and RCER were cool and quiet.

Free the Nukes!

31 posted on 11/09/2001 8:43:46 AM PST by hut1hut2
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To: doug from upland
The Big E's fighter wings are landing at Oceana now. It's on Fox.
32 posted on 11/09/2001 8:49:00 AM PST by Al B.
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To: hut1hut2
Heh! I don't remember seeing that sign, but it is funny!

To be honest, I spent as little time in the reactor spaces as I could...

33 posted on 11/09/2001 9:40:16 AM PST by B-Chan
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Yes, she has a long proud history, but she also carries the name of ANOTHER ship that was decomissioned and scrapped.

More than one other ship in history had that name!

And, she also carries the name of a starship yet to be built....

34 posted on 11/09/2001 9:43:53 AM PST by Jay W
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To: JustAmy
You might have, except last nite, my hubby and I realized at the same time that it was our wedding anniversary..LOL! Since we figured it out too late to do anything yesterday, we are celebrating tonite! If anyone wishes, however, I will drop off my "Honk If You Love America" sign, and perhaps a couple of chairs for y'all?
35 posted on 11/09/2001 1:02:22 PM PST by goodieD
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To: doug from upland
Hey, what's going on? I wasn't invited.

You are always invited to our once a week peacenik counter-protest in Fresno which is being held every Friday as long as the peaceniks show up.

Anytime you would like to join us, we would love to have you!

36 posted on 11/09/2001 2:35:01 PM PST by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: JustAmy; mtngrl@vrwc; AFVetGal; goodieD; Jim Robinson; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; spirit_free...
Ping. Will I see you tonight?

Not me, unfortunately. Nashville still , despite all my begging and selfish prayer, hasn't moved a single inch closer to FResno! (Waaaahhhhhh!!)

However, my suspicions and worst fears have been realized. Our sailor is no longer fighting on the front lines, and is -- in fact -- home now! The USS Vinson will be leaving for home soon as well. We'll need to find a name of a soldier/sailor -- who is STILL THERE! -- and who is willing to serve as a point of contact! I have three or four leads. AFVetGal -- you have any kinda pull in this area? Our "stuff" needs to be sent out to some homesick troops ASAP!! That is a full-time job for this weekend, and (hopefully) the first part of next week! Otherwise, I'll keep on keepin' on til we've got our guy, or gal!

Fear not! God is with us!! A wee bit o' prayer wouldna be hurtin' us any atall, neither! *G*

;-}

Hope you all are having a FReepin' good time on FReeper Island tonight!! Can't wait to hear about it when you have time to post!!

Mucho FReepy Hugs,
Sharon

37 posted on 11/09/2001 6:25:05 PM PST by Beep
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To: SLJP
We'll need to find a name of a soldier/sailor -- who is STILL THERE! -- and who is willing to serve as a point of contact!

Yes, ma'am! I can deliver to you the name and mailing address of one Navy reservist who is serving in Bahrain. He is a teacher who works with my sister and I've chatted with him by email. I just bought a bunch of stuff today that I'm sending him in a care package, so he knows to expect a box of stuff from me. I'm sure he'd be delighted to get more stuff from FReepers and share with his buddies.

I'll FReepmail the name and address and will let him know to expect more packages!

38 posted on 11/09/2001 8:08:02 PM PST by Jen
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To: SLJP
You have FReepmail!
39 posted on 11/09/2001 8:15:46 PM PST by Jen
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