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Subject: Aircraft Carrier Names
Ispose    8/10/2010 3:38:00 PM
Am i the only one annoyed that the US Navy is naming the latest Aircraft carriers after politicians? The should be required to name them after famous WW2 Aircraft Carriers..Hornet, Wasp, Yorktown, Saratoga, Essex, Enterprise, etc. I know that some Amphibious ships and Cruisers have been named after these but I still think that that New Carriers should be renamed after retired famous Carriers.
 
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eldnah       8/11/2010 10:56:33 AM
Well the corruption started at the end of WWII with one of the three Midway class carrier being named after FDR. He had recently died and he had after all been the C-in-C during the first carrier war so there was a certain logic to it. A number of  years passed before the next group, the non-nuclear supercarriers, were built. The first was named after James Forrestal (CV-59) the last independent Secretary of the Navy, a promoter of Carrier Strike Groups, who had killed himself while in office. The navy then reverted to tradituional names till CV-67 which they named after the recently assasinated JFK. With the next class of CVNs the navy decided to honor its own, Nimitz, who command US naval forces in the pacific during WWII. Well, the army wanted one of theirs honored and Eisenhower (No way there would ever be a USS MacArthur) who command the ETO and had been a President, got the nod. The first generation SSBNs were being retired and the names Washington, Lincoln, TR were becoming available, add a couple of old fashioned southern congressmen who were strong supporters of the navy, Stennis and Vinson, throw in Truman who dropped the "Big One", Regan who "Won" the cold war, George HW Bush, who flew missions off a carrier in WWII and Ford who served on one and you see where we are. Now one of our new LPDs which transport marines into combat and had been named after cities will be named after John Murtha who had done a good job of slandering our troops. That's real corruption.
 
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AThousandYoung       8/11/2010 11:49:12 AM
Why won't there ever be a USS MacArthur?
 
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Juramentado       8/11/2010 12:00:42 PM
Why won't there ever be a USS MacArthur?
 
Because MacArthur deliberately carved out his own command in the SW Pacific, bypassing Nimitz and even taking control of what should have been Navy assets as he island-hopped towards the Philippines. FDR allowed it to happen knowing he needed both leaders to defeat Japan. The Navy has a long memory of that acrimonious relationship, so there will probably never be a major (or even minor) combatant ship named after the General.
 
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NWBill    Carrier names   10/23/2011 3:52:30 AM
This is what you accept when you ask the government to pay for something you want. When the Navy asks Congress to drop 6 billion for a new carrier, it doesn't spend a lot of time really worrying about the ship's name - just that it GETS THE SHIP. Far as I'm concerned, it could be called the USS Bugs Bunny - as long as it defends this country and destroys its' enemies.
 
Having said all that, I would prefer that they use military history names rather than the names of politicians; even if those pols served in the Navy.
 
My pick for the Ford-class carriers?  "USS SeaView"
 
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Thomas       10/23/2011 7:11:55 AM

 
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eldnah       10/23/2011 2:03:34 PM
The follow on to CVN-78, the USS Gerald Ford, will be CVN-79 reprising the name of the recently retired CV-67 USS John F Kennedy. Can't wait for CVN-80 the USS William Jefferson Clinton.
 
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LB       10/24/2011 4:52:22 AM
It's a crime there is not in commission a USS Andrew Jackson nor USS Thomas Jefferson.
 
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eldnah       10/29/2011 5:49:03 PM
They've done it again. The Virginia class submarine after the New Hampshire, SSN 785 will pass on a state name and will be named for a pol, the John Warner.
 
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