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The newest Ford Class Aircraft Carrier, CVN 80, due to be commissioned in 2018, will carry the name of the USS Enterprise. This class of ship will utilize magnetic launching systems and advanced automation that will replace some of the dangerous tasks performed by sailors today.
From WAVY10 here:
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Saturday via video message at the USS Enterprise inactivation ceremony that the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named Enterprise.
Mabus selected this name to honor USS Enterprise, the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was inactivated today in Norfolk.
Commissioned in 1961, the USS Enterprise served for more than five decades. The carrier participated in the blockade of the Cuban Missile Crisis, launched strike operations in Vietnam, and conducted combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“The USS Enterprise was the first of its kind, and for 51 years its name has been synonymous with boldness, readiness and an adventurous spirit,” said Mabus. “Rarely has our fleet been without a ship bearing the name. I chose to maintain this tradition not solely because of the legacy it invokes, but because the remarkable work of the name Enterprise is not done.”
The future USS Enterprise, designated CVN 80, will be the ninth ship to bear the name.
You know, it doesn’t seem like that long ago when I was a welder on the USS Enterprise CVN 65 when it was in drydock at Newport News Shipyard. But I guess it was indeed a long time ago, since it was 1990. I spent a couple of years aboard helping with the overhaul, crawling through the catapults, hanging suspended below the flight deck, and mostly learning to hate welding. But I was proud of the work I did for that vessel, the Big E. I am really excited and happy that the fleet will once again have an Enterprise at sea.
I got a chance to visit the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum this afternoon. The scaffolds around the Enterprise Space Shuttle are so workers can do something with the rear of the fusalage. Workers were busy either reattaching it or separating it for some reason.
I was disappointed too because they had the rear doors open and stairs leading up and into the orbiter. I first thought they were letting museum visitors aboard but it was only to give workers internal access to do their jobs.
The Captain of the USS Enterprise made several videos poking fun at gays, lesbians and shipboard jerking off sessions. Now some pissed off gays, emboldened by the repeal of DADT want him fired, because getting rid of the best of the military leadership is the next step to an all gay military and a defenseless country.
From the VaPilot here:
In one scene, two female Navy sailors stand in a shower stall aboard the aircraft carrier, pretending to wash each other. They joke about how they should get six minutes under the water instead of the mandated three.
In other skits, sailors parade in drag, use anti-gay slurs, and simulate masturbation and a rectal exam. Another scene implies that an officer is having sex in his stateroom with a donkey.
They’re all part of a series of short movies produced aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier Enterprise in 2006 and 2007 and broadcast to its nearly 6,000 sailors and Marines. The man who masterminded and starred in them is Capt. Owen Honors – now the commander of the carrier, which is weeks away from deploying.
The videos, obtained by The Virginian-Pilot this week, were shot and edited with government equipment, many of them while the Enterprise was deployed supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the time, Honors was the carrier’s executive officer, or XO, the commanding officer’s deputy. He took command of the ship in May.
In the videos, Honors indicates that he’s trying to entertain the crew. They were shown roughly once a week on closed-circuit shipwide television, according to a handful of sailors who were assigned to the Enterprise at the time. The sailors requested anonymity for fear of retribution.
One of them said he mailed a complaint about the videos to the Navy Inspector General this week. Others said crew members who raised concerns aboard the ship in 2006 and 2007 were brushed off.
It’s unclear why the videos recently resurfaced, although one sailor who spoke to the newspaper said they remain on at least one shipboard computer.
Over the next few years anyone who has ever called anyone a fag while wearing the uniform is going to be fired. And guys who give other guys oral sex in bathrooms at rest stops are going to applaud this.