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Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by Kris Ford, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Hell yes it will live on!

    CVN-80, USS Enterprise.
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    Gonna be the 3rd Ford Class CVN...Nimitz class is the lil guy now..
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_R._Ford-class_aircraft_carrier
    MANY inprovements..and size wise..damn,,
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  2. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Just immense!! Ford class is a giant!!
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    VS the Nimitz class..
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Sct13 Premium Member

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    Pretty amazing stuff!
     
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  6. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I do wish the Navy would return the names of historic carriers to the CVN, instead of giving them to cruisers or frigates.
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    They should go back to CVAN. Taking attack out of the name is a lie.
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    They may be starting, while CVN-80 is the Enterprise, CVN-79 is the John F. Kennedy.

    We relieved the JFK in '94.
     
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    eThis was our patch, we called ourselves the Lightning Fast Chicken F##kers :D
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    In the CZ, we were a detachment, and then we became part of the 193 Infantry Brigade.
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    Fun story:

    The 193rd had a big exercise, we were part of the "enemy force". We screwed them over so bad we were "asked" to not do it again. We found their comm frequencies, and not only did we feed the info to our guys, but we also dispatched them to all the places they were NOT supposed to be. It was a disaster for them. They learned a lot about secure comm that week :D
     
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  10. Bill Hicklin

    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    Anyone here besides Dave B a vet of a non-US armed force?
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    It's all good. I was thinking more Yorktown, Hornet, Wasp, Essex ... I know the Yorktown has been taken by a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, and Wasp by an LHD platform, but to my non-Navy mind, that downgrades the doughty service those ships and their crews delivered in dark goddamned times. They were capital ships which delivered capital service when the SHTF.

    Nothing against honoring JFK -- or Nimitz, who earnt his ship-name too! -- but relegating those fabled names to escorts seems like pulling a stripe off'n their sleeves, to me.

    It'd be nice to see that service from those ships and crews carried forward as a legacy, I'm thinking. Maybe I'm just sentimental?
     
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    Platte City Paul Senior Member

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    Digger fought with the Australian Army (RAR I think...) in Vietnam.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you are correct!
     
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    A Medic I knew in South Korea had dual citizenship...He was a US Soldier but born in Germany....

    One day he got draft orders to report to the Bundeswehr (German Army) he had 30 days to report.....It actually created a bit of a mess for for him....they got it figured out I guess.
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    LOL! Talk about a rock and a hard place!
    His head must have swelled from all the love of 2 armies wanting him!
     
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    Soul Tramp Speaker Snob MLP Vendor V.I.P. Member

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    That's very thoughtful of you! I'll speak with my wife about it. To be honest, I don't know if it would be a good thing or a bad thing. I'll let her decide.
     
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    It's something we've discussed. There are many good reasons for her to attempt it, but there is one huge reason not to. We travel to Vietnam and will be spending considerable retirement time there in a couple of years. A book that accurately and honestly shines a light on what those kids did during the war could be problematic.

    Whenever we're in Vietnam member of her squad are frequent visitors. The surviving members gather at least once each trip for a night out.
     
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    I don't even know where it is, so I'd have to find it first anyway.
     
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    I can dig it. But no honor lost if the name lives on. Escorts have a ruff job. As Nav types we are happy for just that. But the small boys can do some devastation too!
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    As can the amphib types!
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    Would love to see these too:

    CVN-81 USS Forrestal
    CVN-82 USS Midway
    CVN-83 USS Independence
    CVN-84 USS Constellation
    CVN-85 USS Kitty Hawk
    CVN-86 USS Saratoga
    CVN-87 USS Coral Sea

    And more!
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    Oh yeah, I did one westpac on CV-43 Coral sea. Wow, old skool at its finest. 152 days at sea (a record for carriers at the time) and had the pleasure of launching planes at Iran during the hostage rescue attempt. I was on loan to VA-27, the Royal Maces flying A7 Corsair II's E variant.
     

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