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Saturday Lecture Series: The USS Enterprise

by coldwarrior ( 67 Comments › )
Filed under Cold War, History, Military, Open thread, saturday lecture series, U.S. Navy at December 1st, 2012 - 8:30 am

The USS Enterprise is being retired today.

 

USS Enterprise

CVN-65

USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA-65, is the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Wikipedia
Weight: 94,780 tons
Length: 1,122 feet (342 m)
Construction started: February 4, 1958
Launched: September 24, 1960
Builder: Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding

End of the line for USS Enterprise

The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, crosses the Suez Canal near the Egyptian port of Ismalia on Oct. 12, 2012. STR/AFP/Getty Images

The Navy expected the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to last about 25 years running on reactors developed in West Mifflin.

Instead, the USS Enterprise sailed the globe for nearly 52 years, serving in conflicts from the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“To be an Enterprise sailor is very hard, since the ship is so old, lots of things break, and there aren’t parts to repair it,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Lippert, 21, of Duquesne Heights, who served on “The Big E” for 11 months over two deployments. “You have to be able to jury-rig things together to work.”

On Saturday, the Navy will deactivate its oldest operational ship in Norfolk during a ceremony expected to attract thousands of the estimated 250,000 people who served on her. Afterward, the Navy will decommission the ship. It expects to scrap the vessel within the next couple of years.

“It was a bitter pill to swallow,” Dennis Traeger, 65, of Murrysville said about the ship’s retirement. He served aboard the Enterprise from August 1966 to February 1970. “But I’d just hate to see it just rust away in some harbor somewhere. I don’t want to see it go down in disgrace. I’d rather see it reborn into something else.”

Traeger had what he described as “more of a city-slicker job,” performing clerical duties in the ship’s personnel office. One of his most vivid memories goes back to Jan. 14, 1969, when the ship was outside Pearl Harbor. About 8 a.m., he was sitting at his desk with his feet up when the ship suddenly rocked.

He asked his chief, “What are they doing, landing planes without landing gear?”

A rocket had exploded because of overheated equipment, setting off blasts that killed 27 and injured more than 300.

“For four, five, six hours, there was a lot of uncertainty,” said Traeger, a safety specialist for Davey Tree Service. Repairs to the ship in Pearl Harbor took about six weeks.

The Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin was involved in the design and support of the ship’s nuclear reactors. The reactors were built at another Bettis facility in Idaho, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Bettis officials said its commitment included research and development, design of the reactors, test procedures, training of sailors and safe disposal of the ship’s nuclear material.

“The long life of USS Enterprise, which supported our nation’s Navy in many critical moments throughout history, provides perspective on the importance of the work we do,” said spokesman Anthony Bradfield.

Many referred to the ship as a floating city because of its size and ability to make electricity and water to be self-sustaining.

“The biggest thing that stands out to me is the sheer amount of work we did there,” Lippert said.

It wasn’t unusual to work an 18- or 19-hour day inspecting and maintaining aircraft, he said.

Stan Martin Sr., of Elkview, W.Va., served aboard the vessel during the Cuban Missile Crisis, said his son, Stan Martin Jr. of Hopewell.

The elder Martin was acting chairman of the ship’s alumni association — the USS Enterprise CVAN/CVN-65 Association — before his death in May.

Martin said his father told him the ship’s crew “worked 12-hour shifts.”

“There were airplanes constantly in the air. They did their duty, did their job, ate and slept. My father said he could see cargo ships with missiles under tarps on the decks,” he said.

Thanks to his father, Martin said, he visited the Enterprise several times.

“It’s enormous,” Martin said. “You can look at pictures all day long and watch movies, but until you’re actually on board one of those things, you just can’t imagine.”

 

Please See the official USS Enterprise page here to review her history and service.

 

It appears that William Shatner will be in attendance as previously planned.

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  1. 1 | December 1, 2012 8:49 am

    Here’s a pic of the Enterprise alongside my old ship, the Hassampa (AO145) during an unrep in ’73 that I found. I spent ’73 board “the Hass” on WestPac, so I’m somewhere in that pic. Can you see me? ;)


  2. 2 | December 1, 2012 8:50 am

    That’s Hassayampa…


  3. coldwarrior
    3 | December 1, 2012 8:55 am

    @ MacDuff:

    i see ya!

    :lol:


  4. coldwarrior
    4 | December 1, 2012 8:59 am

    hmmm…makes ya wonder why both sides of the aisle just ADORE the muslim brotherhood, but those more democratic minded in egypt despise them. makes me want to put on a tinfoil hat

    CAIRO — Some Egyptian liberals accuse Washington of provoking a weeklong political crisis here by backing President Mohamed Morsy and his ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

    America is “breeding a monster that they will not be able to control,” said Fatima Metwali, a protester in the capital’s Tahrir Square.

    The Obama administration has been seen as complimentary of Morsy, particularly in its praise of him for helping broker a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Protests and clashes with police erupted last week after Morsy assumed near-absolute power.

    On Friday, a constitutional assembly dominated by the Brotherhood approved a document that will be put to a referendum within weeks.

    Morsy has threatened to retain his sweeping powers if it is rejected.

    Liberal Egyptians and Western human rights advocates say the new constitution restricts individual liberties and increases religious influence.

    The Brotherhood has called for pro-Morsy marches on Saturday.

    A growing number of Egyptians accuse the Obama administration of backing Morsy and refusing to condemn his actions.

    “The people hate the Muslim Brotherhood; they have no popularity, and (the future) will be lost for the Americans,” said protester Mona Demerdash.

    Muhammed Own, 29, a businessman in Tahrir Square, called Morsy a “devil’s advocate.”

    “Look at how the constitution is being written and sold to the people,” Own said. “If people say yes to his constitution, he will give up his new powers. If people say no, he keeps them.

    “We are choosing between two very bad things.”

    Protesters have vowed to remain in Tahrir Square, as many did during the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. They have attracted support from some of Egypt’s leading political and cultural figures.

    Tarek Heggy, a liberal author and petroleum strategist, said he joined the Tahrir Square protest to help in “recovering Egypt” from the Brotherhood.

    He described the unrest as a “snowball” gathering downhill momentum.

    “I am confident we are in a revolt,” said Heggy. “Anything related to this constitution, for me, is poisoned.”

    Heggy predicts Egypt “will recover eventually, but a price will be paid.”

    Own said Morsy’s power grab threatens Egypt’s flat-lined economy. He likened the situation to “driving a car with no brakes (and) a brick wall is right in front of us.”

    Nebal Osman, waving Egyptian flags in the square with her three daughters, said: “We are all Muslim, but we don’t want Morsy.”

    Nearby, young protesters sang: “Morsy is finished, he has lost his way. The revolution has returned, take a picture, Morsy.”

    Magdi Negm, 59, stood watching with his daughter. He said Morsy has divided the country, adding: “(We) must be worried … that there could be blood.”


  5. 5 | December 1, 2012 9:03 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    @ MacDuff:

    i see ya!

    Good eyes! :) The Enterprise occupies a special place in the Navy, The Captain announce the Enterprise was coming alongside the day before and the crew cheered. It’s a travesty that we’re going to have a Navy without an Enterprise.


  6. coldwarrior
    6 | December 1, 2012 9:06 am

    MacDuff wrote:

    It’s a travesty that we’re going to have a Navy without an Enterprise.

    even as an army guy i can see that the navy without a big E is just flat out wrong


  7. Tanker
    7 | December 1, 2012 9:12 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    hmmm…makes ya wonder why both sides of the aisle just ADORE the muslim brotherhood, but those more democratic minded in egypt despise them. makes me want to put on a tinfoil hat
    CAIRO — Some Egyptian liberals accuse Washington of provoking a weeklong political crisis here by backing President Mohamed Morsy and his ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
    America is “breeding a monster that they will not be able to control,” said Fatima Metwali, a protester in the capital’s Tahrir Square.
    The Obama administration has been seen as complimentary of Morsy, particularly in its praise of him for helping broker a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians.
    Protests and clashes with police erupted last week after Morsy assumed near-absolute power.
    On Friday, a constitutional assembly dominated by the Brotherhood approved a document that will be put to a referendum within weeks.
    Morsy has threatened to retain his sweeping powers if it is rejected.
    Liberal Egyptians and Western human rights advocates say the new constitution restricts individual liberties and increases religious influence.
    The Brotherhood has called for pro-Morsy marches on Saturday.
    A growing number of Egyptians accuse the Obama administration of backing Morsy and refusing to condemn his actions.
    “The people hate the Muslim Brotherhood; they have no popularity, and (the future) will be lost for the Americans,” said protester Mona Demerdash.
    Muhammed Own, 29, a businessman in Tahrir Square, called Morsy a “devil’s advocate.”
    “Look at how the constitution is being written and sold to the people,” Own said. “If people say yes to his constitution, he will give up his new powers. If people say no, he keeps them.
    “We are choosing between two very bad things.”
    Protesters have vowed to remain in Tahrir Square, as many did during the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. They have attracted support from some of Egypt’s leading political and cultural figures.
    Tarek Heggy, a liberal author and petroleum strategist, said he joined the Tahrir Square protest to help in “recovering Egypt” from the Brotherhood.
    He described the unrest as a “snowball” gathering downhill momentum.
    “I am confident we are in a revolt,” said Heggy. “Anything related to this constitution, for me, is poisoned.”
    Heggy predicts Egypt “will recover eventually, but a price will be paid.”
    Own said Morsy’s power grab threatens Egypt’s flat-lined economy. He likened the situation to “driving a car with no brakes (and) a brick wall is right in front of us.”
    Nebal Osman, waving Egyptian flags in the square with her three daughters, said: “We are all Muslim, but we don’t want Morsy.”
    Nearby, young protesters sang: “Morsy is finished, he has lost his way. The revolution has returned, take a picture, Morsy.”
    Magdi Negm, 59, stood watching with his daughter. He said Morsy has divided the country, adding: “(We) must be worried … that there could be blood.”

    Change just a few words and that could be describing the situation we find ourselves in, but without the people having the balls to do anything about it. I salute their will/balls to stand-up! Wonder if our people (those seeing the fall on the horizon) will ever do the same, or will we all try to keep our heads hung low hoping it only hurts someone else (the rich) and we keep our piece of the pie!


  8. 8 | December 1, 2012 9:17 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    Don’t put on a tinfoil hat -- follow the money instead. Look for lobbyists, MB front organizations, campaign contributors, stuff like that. You can bet your bottom dollar that foreign money a/k/a petrodollars have been laundered and used for campaign contributions.


  9. 9 | December 1, 2012 9:19 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    even as an army guy i can see that the navy without a big E is just flat out wrong

    Geez, we’re going to have a “Gerald R. Ford” but no Enterprise? Each of the branches of our military have traditions and many seem to be vanishing. Thanks for honoring “The Big E” with a post.


  10. coldwarrior
    10 | December 1, 2012 9:22 am

    @ 1389AD:

    guaranteed


  11. coldwarrior
    11 | December 1, 2012 9:23 am

    Tanker wrote:

    Change just a few words and that could be describing the situation we find ourselves in, but without the people having the balls to do anything about it. I salute their will/balls to stand-up! Wonder if our people (those seeing the fall on the horizon) will ever do the same, or will we all try to keep our heads hung low hoping it only hurts someone else (the rich) and we keep our piece of the pie!

    indeed. at what point do the real protests start here.


  12. 12 | December 1, 2012 9:24 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    The Muslim Brotherhood is a mostly secular organization, right? That is the Obama Administration’s position on it. Obama loves him some Mohammedans, the more radical the better.


  13. huckfunn
    13 | December 1, 2012 9:26 am

    Drone follies.
    Talk about waste, numerous drone crashes resulted primarily from pilot error… inexperienced pilots.

    The U.S. Air Force drone, on a classified spy mission over the Indian Ocean, was destined for disaster from the start.

    An inexperienced military contractor in shorts and a T-shirt, flying by remote control from a trailer at Seychelles International Airport, committed blunder after blunder in six minutes on April 4.

    He sent the unarmed MQ-9 Reaper drone off without permission from the control tower. A minute later, he yanked the wrong lever at his console, killing the engine without realizing why.

    As he tried to make an emergency landing, he forgot to put down the wheels. The $8.9 million aircraft belly-flopped on the runway, bounced and plunged into the tropical waters at the airport’s edge, according to a previously undisclosed Air Force accident investigation report.

    The drone crashed at a civilian airport that serves a half-million passengers a year, most of them sun-seeking tourists. No one was hurt, but it was the second Reaper accident in five months — under eerily similar circumstances.

    “I will be blunt here. I said, ‘I can’t believe this is happening again,’ ” an Air Force official at the scene told investigators afterward. He added: “You go, ‘How stupid are you?’ ”

    The April wreck was the latest in a rash of U.S. military drone crashes at overseas civilian airports in the past two years. The accidents reinforce concerns about the risks of flying the robot aircraft outside war zones, including in the United States.


  14. coldwarrior
    14 | December 1, 2012 9:26 am

    MacDuff wrote:

    Geez, we’re going to have a “Gerald R. Ford” but no Enterprise? Each of the branches of our military have traditions and many seem to be vanishing. Thanks for honoring “The Big E” with a post.

    the navy without a big E is like the army without the 1 ID ‘the big red one’


  15. coldwarrior
    15 | December 1, 2012 9:27 am

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ coldwarrior:
    The Muslim Brotherhood is a mostly secular organization, right? That is the Obama Administration’s position on it. Obama loves him some Mohammedans, the more radical the better.

    so does mccain and his ilk.

    this fish stinks from the head down


  16. coldwarrior
    16 | December 1, 2012 9:28 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    An inexperienced military contractor in shorts and a T-shirt, flying by remote control from a trailer at Seychelles International Airport, committed blunder after blunder in six minutes on April 4.

    video gamer gone pro


  17. Tanker
    17 | December 1, 2012 9:32 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    Only when the burn (make no mistake, the burn has started) starts effecting their daily lives. They have to feel the heat, but with bandages being applied, people don’t feel it personally yet unless they are without work or income. Thus my approach of let’s get it over with. The pain now will be less now than when the whole collapse happens.

    I don’t want to see people hurt physically or otherwise, but it’s coming and I don’t see anything but delay happening now!


  18. 18 | December 1, 2012 9:33 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    I really count McCain as a Democrat. He votes with the Democrats more than he does with the Republicans , at any rate. Neither Party will really take on the Mohammedans, though. They can’t really believe the Religon of Peace bullshit, so I figure it is either money or treason. Or a little bit of both.


  19. heysoos
    19 | December 1, 2012 9:34 am

    my first trip down to VA Beach, I came over the bridge and right there below us to our right was the USS Eisenhower putting along toward it’s birth…I ’bout shit my pants, I’d never seen such a sight…so huge and so powerful…Norfolk is a very cool place to visit if you are into stuff that floats


  20. huckfunn
    20 | December 1, 2012 9:35 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    video gamer gone pro

    That’s my take. One would think the “adults” in charge would vet the gamers just a little more rigorously.


  21. coldwarrior
    21 | December 1, 2012 9:36 am

    @ Tanker:

    give the dems everything they want, let the place burn.

    if we fight for lower taxes / decreased spending we are just prolonging the inevitable because we really dont have the guts to really win the fight anyway at this point.


  22. 22 | December 1, 2012 9:36 am

    @ Tanker:
    The longer the delay, the worse the eventual collapse will be. I don’t see anything that can stop it. They are going to tax and spend and borrow and spend until we are in the same shape as Greece. And there won’t be anyone to bail us out.


  23. coldwarrior
    23 | December 1, 2012 9:37 am

    @ Iron Fist:

    the gop is well infested with the MB disease as well. it can be both money and treason.


  24. coldwarrior
    24 | December 1, 2012 9:37 am

    @ heysoos:

    the biggest ship i was on was the uss iowa for a tour.

    BIG!!!


  25. coldwarrior
    25 | December 1, 2012 9:39 am

    Iron Fist wrote:

    The longer the delay, the worse the eventual collapse will be

    indeed, it isnt worth the effort because we will not win in the long run under these circumstances. any gains made by the right just push the pain farther down the road and end up costing more anyway.

    time to let it collapse.


  26. heysoos
    26 | December 1, 2012 9:41 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    @ heysoos:
    the biggest ship i was on was the uss iowa for a tour.
    BIG!!!

    we toured the Navy area at Norfolk…next day visited the Wisconsin, deck only…then a few days later toured the old Alabama in Mobile…I just love that stuff


  27. 27 | December 1, 2012 9:42 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    the biggest ship i was on was the uss iowa for a tour.

    BIG!!!

    I toured the Alabama in Mobile and the North Carolina in Wilmington. Now THOSE were some old-school warships that struck fear in the hearts of our enemies! It’s a shame we can’t afford to keep just one of the ol’ battle wagons operational, they could come in handy now and then.


  28. Tanker
    28 | December 1, 2012 9:42 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    @ Tanker:
    give the dems everything they want, let the place burn.
    if we fight for lower taxes / decreased spending we are just prolonging the inevitable because we really dont have the guts to really win the fight anyway at this point.

    I agree, I also know that the thought of doing that upsets some and I really understand their concerns.

    The Republicans let themselves get set up or they are just f__king stupid (you decide) on this whole crisis crap.


  29. 29 | December 1, 2012 9:45 am

    heysoos wrote:

    we toured the Navy area at Norfolk…next day visited the Wisconsin, deck only…then a few days later toured the old Alabama in Mobile…I just love that stuff

    I used to fly into Norfolk every couple of weeks. The high point of my trip was always flying ofer the shipyards and the berths. I definitely share your love of that stuff!


  30. coldwarrior
    30 | December 1, 2012 9:47 am

    Tanker wrote:

    I agree, I also know that the thought of doing that upsets some and I really understand their concerns.

    The Republicans let themselves get set up or they are just f__king stupid (you decide) on this whole crisis crap.

    the problem is that without real an serious spending cuts we end up at greece no matter what we do, it will just take longer and cost more if only a few cuts are made.

    let the dems raise the taxes and max out the debt. then after the collapse we can let the adults back in to run the family business.


  31. heysoos
    31 | December 1, 2012 9:48 am

    MacDuff wrote:

    heysoos wrote:
    we toured the Navy area at Norfolk…next day visited the Wisconsin, deck only…then a few days later toured the old Alabama in Mobile…I just love that stuff
    I used to fly into Norfolk every couple of weeks. The high point of my trip was always flying ofer the shipyards and the berths. I definitely share your love of that stuff!

    I remember asking some guy, what are those huge buildings out there across the way?…drydocks, so huge I just could not fathom all of it…barges and gantrys, cranes, subs, F-18s all over the place


  32. 32 | December 1, 2012 9:53 am

    @ cold warrior:

    It’s debatable, but I’m not at all convinced that Republicans could have done anything to change the path we’re on. The American People are like substance abusers, they’re going to have to either hit bottom or otherwise WANT to change before they’ll accept any assistance from “the adults” as you so aptly put it.

    As it’s said, to paraphrase “change the things you can change, accept the things you cannot change and have the wisdom to know the difference”


  33. huckfunn
    33 | December 1, 2012 9:53 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    @ heysoos:
    I love the Navy’s big iron. I’ve been on the battleships Texas, Alabama and North Carolina and the carrier Lexington, all after they were de-commissioned. The Texas was launched in 1912 and it is of the same class (and essentially a sister ship of) the Maine which was blown up in Havana at the start of the Spanish-American War. I believe it is the only one of that class surviving.


  34. Tanker
    34 | December 1, 2012 9:56 am

    heysoos wrote:

    MacDuff wrote:
    heysoos wrote:
    we toured the Navy area at Norfolk…next day visited the Wisconsin, deck only…then a few days later toured the old Alabama in Mobile…I just love that stuff
    I used to fly into Norfolk every couple of weeks. The high point of my trip was always flying ofer the shipyards and the berths. I definitely share your love of that stuff!

    I remember asking some guy, what are those huge buildings out there across the way?…drydocks, so huge I just could not fathom all of it…barges and gantrys, cranes, subs, F-18s all over the place

    Norfolk is an amazing place. I was lucky in my late teens to have had a BIL (Senior Chief) stationed at Norfolk. Got to see some amazing things up close. I think my favorite was the Big E. I was able go into the guts and see just how much it operated as a city.


  35. Bumr50
    35 | December 1, 2012 9:57 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    That’s my take. One would think the “adults” in charge would vet the gamers just a little more rigorously.

    A lot of the really good gamers probably can’t pass the security clearances.


  36. 36 | December 1, 2012 10:04 am

    @ MacDuff:
    That is essentially the way I see it. The American people think that they are getting something for free, when we are really simply borrowing on the country’s credit card. Ultimately we are broke. We already owe more than our entire GDP in debt. That is simply unsustainable in the long run. Collapse is inevitable. I just want to get my house in order to weather the storm when it comes.


  37. Tanker
    37 | December 1, 2012 10:07 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    huckfunn wrote:
    That’s my take. One would think the “adults” in charge would vet the gamers just a little more rigorously.
    A lot of the really good gamers probably can’t pass the security clearances.

    I don’t think many in the WH could pass the back ground check for a security clearance, but they have their hands in every aspect of our lives.


  38. huckfunn
    38 | December 1, 2012 10:11 am

    Tanker wrote:

    I don’t think many in the WH could pass the back ground check for a security clearance, but they have their hands in every aspect of our lives.

    I wonder how much of a security clearance the Top-Turd-in-Chief ever got.


  39. 39 | December 1, 2012 10:12 am

    @ huckfunn:
    Clinton was the same way. He couldn’t have gotten a clearance, but he was elected so he could see everything.


  40. huckfunn
    40 | December 1, 2012 10:15 am

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ huckfunn:
    Clinton was the same way. He couldn’t have gotten a clearance, but he was elected so he could see everything.

    I’ve got a thread in the hopper about the “more flexibility” thing.


  41. Tanker
    41 | December 1, 2012 10:17 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    Tanker wrote:
    I don’t think many in the WH could pass the back ground check for a security clearance, but they have their hands in every aspect of our lives.
    I wonder how much of a security clearance the Top-Turd-in-Chief ever got.

    He isn’t required to have one because of his position!


  42. RIX
    42 | December 1, 2012 10:18 am

    @ huckfunn:

    I wonder how much of a security clearance the Top-Turd-in-Chief ever got

    .

    He never needed one. According to Jayz Obama is Our
    Lord & Savior. So he knows everything anyway.


  43. huckfunn
    43 | December 1, 2012 10:22 am

    @ Tanker:
    @ RIX:
    Strange daze indeed.


  44. Tanker
    44 | December 1, 2012 10:23 am

    @ Iron Fist:
    I believe a security clearance should be the first prerequisite to run for any office! That would be the easiest way to clean out the whole political system!


  45. Bumr50
    45 | December 1, 2012 10:23 am

    I know we talk about this a lot, but has anyone else noticed that television shows are on a full-court liberal agenda press lately?

    Even MORE so, I mean?

    I was watching an episode of ‘Leverage,’ and they basically made it about card check.


  46. Bumr50
    46 | December 1, 2012 10:24 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    card check.

    As if it were a good thing.


  47. 47 | December 1, 2012 10:24 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    I love the Navy’s big iron. I’ve been on the battleships Texas, Alabama and North Carolina and the carrier Lexington, all after they were de-commissioned. The Texas was launched in 1912 and it is of the same class (and essentially a sister ship of) the Maine which was blown up in Havana at the start of the Spanish-American War. I believe it is the only one of that class surviving.

    Nothing stirs my heart quite like a Navy warship. I look back and cherish my time at sea, alongside such legendary warships as the Enterprise and the Hornet for unreps. My only regret is that I think I was just too damned young to fully appreciate it, but at least I have the memories. I still have the salt in my veins, though.

    I get warm fuzzes and just a little choked up when I hear “The Navy Hymn” and a charge of adrenaline with “Anchors Aweigh”.


  48. Purre
    48 | December 1, 2012 10:24 am

    Another Finnish politician showed his true nature as fellow traveller of David Duke, when Pertti Salolainen made the classical antisemitic charge of Jewish control of media and power in USA (here’s literal translation):

    “- The United States finds it difficult to take a more neutral stance on the Israel-Palestine issue, because they have such an influential Jewish population, which has both money and the media in its hands to a large extent. The U.S. Administration has not dared to venture, due to internal political reasons, enough with this issue. This is terrible truth about U.S. policy.”

    Link 1

    Link 2

    The usual suspects are circling wagons around the bastard. I used to vote that party (National Coalition Party… sorta rightist party in Finland), but in last election I jumped ship to True Finns as they at least recognized the horrible state of EU economy and the direction it has been going to -- and because it is most pro-Jewish and pro-Israeli party in Finland. That second reason stems from my own (weak, but still) personal contacts in Israel and because I am full of the antisemitic crap hurled by other paries’ politicians.


  49. RIX
    49 | December 1, 2012 10:25 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    @ Tanker:
    @ RIX:
    Strange daze indeed.

    Most peculiar.


  50. 50 | December 1, 2012 10:26 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    A lot of the really good gamers probably can’t pass the security clearances.

    …..much less the drug test.


  51. huckfunn
    51 | December 1, 2012 10:26 am

    Tanker wrote:

    @ Iron Fist:
    I believe a security clearance should be the first prerequisite to run for any office! That would be the easiest way to clean out the whole political system!

    The guy running to fill Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s vacant seat is a convicted felon sex offender. In Chicago, that’s a golden resume.


  52. Guggi
    52 | December 1, 2012 10:28 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    Talk about waste, numerous drone crashes resulted primarily from pilot error… inexperienced pilots.

    Oh, I thought piloting a drone is as easy as playing with some toys//////


  53. 53 | December 1, 2012 10:31 am

    @ MacDuff:
    I think they should drug test the Legislature, the upper level Executive branch, and all judges, and put the results on the Web. That’s bring a quick shift in drug policy, I suspect.


  54. Tanker
    54 | December 1, 2012 10:31 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    Tanker wrote:
    @ Iron Fist:
    I believe a security clearance should be the first prerequisite to run for any office! That would be the easiest way to clean out the whole political system!

    The guy running to fill Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s vacant seat is a convicted felon sex offender. In Chicago, that’s a golden resume.

    Pardoned by that other great women’s rights advocate Billy Boy Clinton!


  55. 55 | December 1, 2012 10:40 am

    @ Tanker:
    Hey, he was just doing underage little girls. Democrats don’t have a problem with that.

    [/spit]


  56. huckfunn
    56 | December 1, 2012 10:45 am

    MacDuff wrote:

    Nothing stirs my heart quite like a Navy warship. I look back and cherish my time at sea, alongside such legendary warships as the Enterprise and the Hornet for unreps. My only regret is that I think I was just too damned young to fully appreciate it, but at least I have the memories. I still have the salt in my veins, though.

    I get warm fuzzes and just a little choked up when I hear “The Navy Hymn” and a charge of adrenaline with “Anchors Aweigh”.

    I salute your service. My brother was in the Navy for 5 years. He was aboard the U.S.S. White Plains when it caught fire off the coast of China. 7 or 9 guys were killed. At any rate, Rob can still recite most of the Barnacle Bill prose.


  57. huckfunn
    57 | December 1, 2012 10:48 am

    Regarding security clearances for top WH officials, check out the new Special Report. If it doesn’t piss you off, nothing will.


  58. Bumr50
    58 | December 1, 2012 10:53 am

    @ Iron Fist:

    He passed the one test that was required: he’s black.


  59. 59 | December 1, 2012 10:56 am

    @ Bumr50:
    Yep. I’ve been saying that he’d be a formidable candidate. I don’t know that any Republican could have beat him this year. The free shit army was just too powerful .


  60. Bumr50
    60 | December 1, 2012 10:57 am

    @ Iron Fist:

    I was talking about the pedophile that want’s Jackson Jr.’s seat, but yeah, still holds true.


  61. huckfunn
    61 | December 1, 2012 11:06 am

    BREAKING:
    KC Chiefs player kills woman, self.


  62. 62 | December 1, 2012 11:10 am

    The USS Enterprise was the only ship of her class. An astounding run for a great lady. Sad day indeed.


  63. Prebanned
    63 | December 1, 2012 11:35 am

    I used to stand at the portside aft catwalk (left rear corner of the ship, opposite the Island) and since the catwalk was lower than the flightdeck, I could look down the length of the flightdeck and see it twist and bend as Enterprise cruised along.
    It was only inches in many hundreds of feet but it was moving.
    There are all sizes of waves in the ocean the little ones you see at the beach travel on the surface of waves that are much further apart from crest to crest.


  64. 64 | December 1, 2012 12:57 pm

    Thanks to the many thousands who served on the Enterprise over the years.


  65. Da_Beerfreak
    65 | December 1, 2012 3:47 pm

    Without this one you wouldn’t have the other one. :mrgreen:


  66. 66 | December 1, 2012 4:49 pm

    If people talk about a environmentally ‘green fleet’ they should look at the ships like the USS Enterprise CVN-65. Think about the MILLIONS of gallons of bunker fuel it DIDN”T have to use.

    Now we have an administration that wants the Navy to use super-expensive bio-bunker fuel to power the ships to ‘show’ the world we care.

    The nuclear fuel spent was worth it, many times over, both environmentally and monetarily!


  67. huckfunn
    67 | December 1, 2012 4:53 pm

    Peter wrote:

    Now we have an administration that wants the Navy to use super-expensive bio-bunker fuel to power the ships to ‘show’ the world we care.

    We can now slaughter our enemies in an environmentally friendly manner. You gotta problem with that? // :roll: //


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