Saturday, January 10, 2009

USS George H. W. Bush CVN 77

Today the USS George H. W. Bush was commissioned.
NORFOLK, Va. — It's the perfect gift for an old Navy flier: 1,092 feet of flattop.
"What do you give a guy who has been blessed and has just about everything he has ever needed?" asked President George W. Bush from aboard the Navy's newest ship. "Well, an aircraft carrier."
The USS George H.W. Bush, a steel-gray vessel longer than three football fields and built at a cost of $6.2 billion, was commissioned Saturday with its namesake, the 41st president, and other members of the Bush family on hand for the ceremonies at Naval Station Norfolk.
Adorned for the day with red, white and blue bunting, the USS George H.W. Bush is one of the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the largest warships in the world.
"The ship that bears our dad's name is more than 95,000 tons of aluminum and steel," Bush said from a podium tucked under the flight deck. "She will carry nearly 6,000 of the finest sailors and Marines in the world. She represents the craftsmanship of many skilled builders, and thousands of hours of preparation."
Read the rest here.
My favortie line came from the christening back in '06.
She is unrelenting, she is unshakable, she is unyielding, she is unstoppable,” Bush said, lauding the warship’s state-of-the-art design before pausing for a punch line aimed at his mother’s well-known steely constitution. “As a matter of fact, probably should have been named the Barbara Bush.”
Here is video of the former President touring the ship.

Congratulations to former President Bush and I wish fair winds and following seas to her crew.

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