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Aircraft carrier to be named after Bush the first...Clinton?(6 posts)

Aircraft carrier to be named after Bush the first...Clinton?ClydeTri
Dec 9, 2002 1:49 PM
A Nimitz class aircraft carrier will be named after the elder Bush, USS G.H.W.Bush. Assuming someting will be named after Clinton, what will it be? An old El Camino with artificial turf in the back????
aircraft carriermohair_chair
Dec 9, 2002 2:03 PM
That's an easy one. If anything is named after Clinton (which is doubtful) or any other President, it will be an aircraft carrier. That is the Navy tradition in naming ships. Some of the current carriers are named Kennedy (CV-67), Eisenhower (CVN-69), Teddy Roosevelt (CVN-71), Washington (CVN-73), and Truman (CVN-75), with Reagan (CVN-76) and Bush (CVN-77) under construction.

Recently they broke with tradition to name a submarine after Jimmy Carter (SSN 23), but that was because Carter was a submariner in the Navy.
re: Aircraft carrier to be named after Bush the first...Clinton?sn69
Dec 9, 2002 5:02 PM
There's been a running joke within the Navy's TACAIR (carrier) aviation community for some time that the USS Ronald Reagan will wander around the oceans aimlessly and not be able to recall where it's been. Incidentally, that joke preceded his diagnosis with Alzheimer's.

Actually, it's not uncommon, and I really don't have too much heartburn with naming the ship after a president. We also have the JFK, the Eisenhower, the Truman, the Roosevelt (all carriers), and the Carter (a submarine). Presidents' names are fine for a ship...senators? That's another story, although the XO of that one is a friend of mine.

What will be the most humorous will be when the pilots check-in on the ship's various ATC frequencies: "Bush Tower," "Bush Control," "Bush Center," "Bush Strike," and "Bush Actual." It makes me giggle just thinking about it....
If the military names anything after Clinton...Spoke Wrench
Dec 10, 2002 9:28 AM
I think that it would have to be one of those air-to-air refueling tankers.
good one; very visual :-) nmDougSloan
Dec 10, 2002 9:41 AM
Rocket system w/ little control. Always going off... nmBrooks
Dec 10, 2002 9:56 AM