Navy to Christen Aircraft Carrier George H.W. Bush

#1
Thank god is not named after Bush Jnr!!!

Bush flew the Avenger torpedo bomber in combat from the carrier USS San Jacinto. During an attack on enemy installations near Chichi Jima in September 1944, his plane was hit by enemy fire while making a bombing run. Although the plane was on fire and heavily damaged, he completed a strafing run on the target before bailing out of the doomed aircraft. Bush parachuted into the sea and was later rescued by the Navy submarine USS Finback. He was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for his Navy service in the Pacific theater during World War II.

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#2
will do the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship’s bow during the ceremony
So no damn cheese eating, surrender monkey champagne then, only the very best Freedom® sparkling plonk! :D
 
#3
What, the yanks want another carrier?

or are they retiring an older one?

why don't we buy one of the older ones?
 
#4
"The ceremony of christening a British ship was invariably performed by a male member of the Royal Family or by a dockyard commissioner until 1811 when King George IV introduced the first lady sponsor.

One lady’s aim was so bad that she hit a spectator who was injured and sued for damages."- :p
 
#5
Crab_Cadet said:
What, the yanks want another carrier?

or are they retiring an older one?

why don't we buy one of the older ones?
-There's been some very serious talk of retiring the USS John F. Kennedy
 
#6
I thought for a monent that we were going to name one of our carriers HMS George Bush. The ultimate in political subservience. Might guarantee funding however.

PB
 
#7
PassingBells said:
I thought for a monent that we were going to name one of our[\b] carriers HMS George Bush. The ultimate in political subservience. Might guarantee funding however.

PB



No - lets call them HMS Tone, and HMS Prezza...
 
#11
PassingBells said:
I thought for a monent that we were going to name one of our carriers HMS George Bush. The ultimate in political subservience. Might guarantee funding however.

PB
Give it another war!
 
#12
From Wikipedia's Churchill article;


Churchill is the only active U.S. Navy warship named after a foreign national (though Churchill was granted honorary American citizenship), and is the first destroyer and only the fourth U.S. warship named after an Englishman. (The others were Alfred, an armed merchantman named after King Alfred the Great;

Raleigh, a continental frigate, named after Sir Walter Raleigh and Effingham, named after Thomas Howard the 3rd Earl of Effingham who resigned his commission rather than fight the Americans during the American Revolutionary War.)

Churchill is the only U.S. Navy vessel to have a Royal Navy Officer assigned to the ship's company. The U.S. Navy has a permanent U.S. Navy Officer on the Royal Navy ship, HMS Marlborough.
 
#16
And probably a good way of ensuring the thing won't get scrapped in a round of defence cuts. Rather like the RN announcing one of their ludicrously expensive projects is to be the Queen Elizabeth...
 
#17
I believe the two new RN CVF Carriers are to be named HMS Queen Elizabeth, and HMS The Prince of Wales.

In any case, we do need them. Have you seen the state of our current carriers? They’re a joke.

The CVF Carriers will be the second biggest in the world (comparatively 3 times larger than our current Invincible carriers), and will carry payloads that pretty much match the yanks, extending the RN’s power projection considerably. Very much overdue.

I mean, hell the costs aren’t even that high, about £3 Billion for the worlds two most advanced aircraft carriers. The US aircraft carrier Nimitz-class by comparison costs about £4.5 Billion for a pair.

Hell, if anything I'd say we should add a 3rd heli model, such as a CVF version of HMS Ocean.
 
#18
LineDoggie said:
Churchill is the only U.S. Navy vessel to have a Royal Navy Officer assigned to the ship's company. The U.S. Navy has a permanent U.S. Navy Officer on the Royal Navy ship, HMS Marlborough.
My bold.

You serve IN a ship, not on one.... :x
 
#19
LineDoggie said:
From Wikipedia's Churchill article;


Churchill is the only active U.S. Navy warship named after a foreign national (though Churchill was granted honorary American citizenship), and is the first destroyer and only the fourth U.S. warship named after an Englishman. (The others were Alfred, an armed merchantman named after King Alfred the Great;

Raleigh, a continental frigate, named after Sir Walter Raleigh and Effingham, named after Thomas Howard the 3rd Earl of Effingham who resigned his commission rather than fight the Americans during the American Revolutionary War.)

Churchill is the only U.S. Navy vessel to have a Royal Navy Officer assigned to the ship's company. The U.S. Navy has a permanent U.S. Navy Officer on the Royal Navy ship, HMS Marlborough.
We did a battlefield tour to the USA last year and got a nice little tour of this ship..the Female RN Officer is quite fine 8)
 

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