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Carrier George H.W. Bush Heads Out On First Deployment
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 11, 2011 | By Kate Wiltrout

Posted on 05/11/2011 7:07:20 AM PDT by Strategy

NORFOLK

EVEN FIGHTER PILOTS need some help carrying their luggage when they're embarking on a six-month cruise.

Lt. William Fincher, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 15, had his mother help carry his gear to the aircraft carrier Bush on Tuesday afternoon. The Bush and its sister ships in Carrier Strike Group 2 leave today for an expected six-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian seas.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: carrierbush; ghwbush; islam; israel; libya; middleeast; wikipedia

1 posted on 05/11/2011 7:07:21 AM PDT by Strategy
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To: Strategy
Fair winds and following seas!


2 posted on 05/11/2011 7:17:11 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Strategy

I did this 5 times on carriers over my 20-year Navy career.

I too, am wishing her fair winds and following seas.

But in all my years, I never saw one pull out so early, underway at 0545 this morning!


3 posted on 05/11/2011 7:19:49 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: Strategy

Is this the second ship named for a living person? I know that the Carl Vinson was the first.


4 posted on 05/11/2011 7:20:19 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: Strategy
Lt. William Fincher, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 15, had his mother help carry his gear to the aircraft carrier Bush on Tuesday afternoon.

Not exactly the Top Gun image.

5 posted on 05/11/2011 7:21:00 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Strategy
..., had his mother help carry his gear to the aircraft carrier

???..........

6 posted on 05/11/2011 7:22:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: fredhead

But in all my years, I never saw one pull out so early, underway at 0545 this morning!

maybe it bugged out early in case zer0bama decided to scrap her....


7 posted on 05/11/2011 7:23:34 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: decimon

She’s glad to get her basement back................


8 posted on 05/11/2011 7:24:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: decimon

If she’s like my mother, she insisted on “helping” her son.


9 posted on 05/11/2011 7:26:37 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: jimfree

Wasn’t the Reagan launched while he was still alive?


10 posted on 05/11/2011 7:29:00 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper
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To: Strategy

There is a ship named for Jimmy Carter. How long will it be before there is a ship named USS Obama got Usama? (gag)


11 posted on 05/11/2011 7:31:45 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare!)
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To: Vaquero
Going out on an ebbing tide at the pier.
12 posted on 05/11/2011 7:37:17 AM PDT by a6intruder (downtown with big bombs, 24/7, rain or shine, day or night)
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To: All

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13 posted on 05/11/2011 7:48:23 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

There is no SHIP named after carter....it is a submarine...a BOAT, not a ship...


14 posted on 05/11/2011 7:59:02 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Can’t happen. Don’t you have to be a US Citizen to have a warship named after you?

Let the fun begin ;-)


15 posted on 05/11/2011 8:00:24 AM PDT by jerryc1976
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To: jerryc1976
Her it is. The USS Barack Hussein Obama:


16 posted on 05/11/2011 8:08:58 AM 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: jimfree

The USS Ronald Reagan was, too.

It’s sad that Ronnie Reagan didn’t know about it.


17 posted on 05/11/2011 8:10:48 AM PDT by unkus
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; WinOne4TheGipper; jimfree

1900s

USS Holland (SS-1) was commissioned in 1900; John Philip Holland, pioneer of submarine design, died August 1914.
USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156) was laid down in July 1918, launched in December, and commissioned the following June. Joshua Frederick Cockey Talbott, 25-year member of the House Naval Affairs Committee, died October 1918.
USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20) was laid down in January 1961, and Retired Admiral Richmond K. Turner died in February. The ship was launched in 1963 and commissioned in 1964.
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was named in 1980; Carl Vinson, former chair of the House Armed Services Committee, died in 1981, before the ship was commissioned.
USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709) was named in 1983; Retired Admiral Hyman Rickover, known as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy”, died in 1986.
USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) was named in 1989; Retired Admiral Arleigh Burke, former 3-term CNO, died in 1996. Burke spoke at the ship’s commissioning on July 4, 1991.
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) was named in 1993; John Stennis, former chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, died in 1995, before the ship was commissioned.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) was named in 1995; former President Ronald Reagan died in 2004.
USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR-300) was named in 1997; Bob Hope, veteran of USO shows spanning 50 years, died in 2003.

2000s
Jimmy Carter and a model of the SSN-23

USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) was named in 1998 for former President and submariner, Jimmy Carter.
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) was named in 2002 for former President and carrier pilot George H. W. Bush.
USS Nitze (DDG-94) was named in April 2004; Paul Nitze, former Secretary of the Navy, died in October 2004, before the ship was commissioned.
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) was named in October 2006; Gerald R. Ford, former President and carrier officer, died December 2006.
USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) was named on November 27, 2006, for Wayne E. Meyer, acclaimed as the “father” of the Aegis combat system. Meyer died in September 2009 a few weeks before the ship was commissioned.
USS John Warner (SSN-785) was named on January 8, 2009, five days after John Warner, former Secretary of the Navy, retired from the U.S. Senate.[1


18 posted on 05/11/2011 8:11:16 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: jerryc1976
Don’t you have to be a US Citizen to have a warship named after you?

Two foreigners that I'm aware of have been honored with namings: Winston Churchill and the Marquis de Lafayette.

19 posted on 05/11/2011 8:16:06 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: unkus
It’s sad that Ronnie Reagan didn’t know about it.

He may have, early on. He wrote his letter to the American people in 1994, and the ship's name was announced in 1995.

20 posted on 05/11/2011 8:18:23 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) was the first ship to have its namesake present at the christening, commissioning, and to ride the ship.


21 posted on 05/11/2011 8:24:16 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: buccaneer81

You’re right! Now I remember a photo of RR and Nancy standing behind a model of the USS Ronald Reagan.

God bless Ronald Reagan.


22 posted on 05/11/2011 8:28:22 AM PDT by unkus
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To: fredhead

I can see GHW Bush matching that if given a chance to ride in the next year or two.


23 posted on 05/11/2011 9:05:01 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

It could be named “72 Versions”


24 posted on 05/11/2011 9:15:18 AM PDT by omega4179 (enhanced interrogation of Dems)
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To: Strategy

May God bless and protect our troops!


25 posted on 05/11/2011 9:29:48 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: joe fonebone

***There is no SHIP named after carter....it is a submarine...a BOAT, not a ship...****

Then I will rephrase that. There is a US Navy vessel named after Jimmy CARTER....


26 posted on 05/11/2011 9:42:40 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare!)
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To: buccaneer81
USS John Warner (SSN-785) was named on January 8, 2009, five days after John Warner, former Secretary of the Navy, retired from the U.S. Senate

A ship named after an ex husband of Elizabeth Taylor and ex boyfriend of Barbara Walters. 'Tis a shame what our once proud Navy has been reduced to.

27 posted on 05/11/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: fredhead
"underway at 0545 this morning!"

Usually between 1000 and 1200 for deployment. Yes, unusual.

Probably a new Captain or BG Commander just being a hard-a$$.

28 posted on 05/11/2011 9:54:28 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: jimfree

Jimmy Carter


29 posted on 05/11/2011 10:33:15 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Mariner

Oh, yeah that’s it. First time a woman in command of the carrier strike group.


30 posted on 05/11/2011 11:01:56 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: buccaneer81

Good history Buc. Thanks very much. I guess the Carl Vinson was the first named for a live politician.


31 posted on 05/11/2011 12:06:47 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: decimon
Not exactly the Top Gun image.

That was the point the liberal female author and her Leftist editor are making in this little story. Pulling off nasty little social sabotages like this is why they went to J-school, donchaknow. Us peons ain't supposed to recognized when our betters are doing it to our feeble little brains - and we're certainly never supposed to object.

Meanwhile, all the soccer moms are taking notes and running off to repeat it in excited packs.

32 posted on 05/11/2011 1:02:19 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: Talisker

Which ship would you not want to serve aboard?
1. USS Michael Murphy
2. USS George H W Bush
3. USS John Murtha


33 posted on 05/11/2011 2:34:46 PM PDT by marinhottub (go navy!)
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To: NCC-1701
A garbage barge is an honourable vessel, serving a necessary purpose.

Why besmirch one with the foul name of the usurper-in-chief?

34 posted on 05/11/2011 2:37:45 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: fredhead

RDML Tyson, the Commander of Carrier Strike Group 2, is an EA6B pilot, I think. Was she the most capable 1 star available or is the Navy pushing diversity? Does Gary Roughead (CNO) speak at many Carrier Strike Group change of commands? If she is the best, awesome; if this assignment was in the name of diversity...


35 posted on 05/11/2011 4:39:34 PM PDT by marinhottub (go navy!)
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To: buccaneer81

I met Bush, Sr. recently. He’s wheelchair bound. I was surprised.


36 posted on 05/11/2011 5:15:58 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

He’s had Graves Disease for over 20 years. It may be catching up with him.


37 posted on 05/11/2011 5:24:28 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Jewbacca
Time magazine reports that he suffers from Parkinsonism
38 posted on 05/11/2011 5:32:42 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Churchill was granted honorary US citizenship, his mother was American, I don’t know about Lafayette.


39 posted on 05/11/2011 5:59:15 PM PDT by PotatoHeadMick
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To: unkus; buccaneer81
FYI...

Former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, as well as Newport News Shipbuilding Chairman and CEO Bill Fricks stand in front of the model of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). The aircraft carrier model was presented to President Ronald Reagan in May of 1996.

40 posted on 05/11/2011 10:50:02 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (The 'Land of Opportunity'... NOW BECOMING... The 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Ah ha! You found the photo. Thanks very much, Stand Watch Listen. Very nice of you. You made my night/bed time.


41 posted on 05/11/2011 11:00:35 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Mariner

What is a BG Commander?

I know about the hard-a$$es. Thanks.


42 posted on 05/11/2011 11:07:12 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Thanks!


43 posted on 05/12/2011 1:18:00 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Strategy

We should name the next aircraft carrier George W. Bush!


44 posted on 05/12/2011 2:20:19 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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