Friday, January 28, 2011

Our U. S. Navy - The Newest Aircraft Carrier


"ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 25, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)"

Pictures such as this cause me to recall my own days at sea in the USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the early 1960s.  The Ranger was a fossil fueled Carrier.  The Carriers in our Navy today are powered by Nuclear Energy.  I always find it amazing that the average age of the crew members in our Carriers is in the 19 years some months range.  These dedicated Crew Members and what they accomplish seldom, if ever makes the evening news, yet we rely on them to protect the interest of the United States in every corner of the World. 

Now to be fair, the Carriers are not the only Ships or Boats who protect the U. S. interest around the world.  We have other surface ships and a plethora of Boats under the surface performing the same duties twenty-four hours of each day, seven days a week for 365 days a year.

Thank You!!!!!


Anonymous said...

I would hope that our Commander in Chief knows what he must do to protect the Interest of America and of all Freedom Loving peoples throughout the World.

Such does not appear to be the case at this time. Iran developing Nuclear Weapons and the rioting in Egypt.

Plus our Secretary of State encouraging the leader/s of Egypt to listen to the people of that country.

I would humbly suggest that maybe our own Leaders need to follow here advise.

Ken Estes said...

I served Ranger in 1959. A 20 year old PO3 when I went on, a 21 year old PO2 when I left. Fast grow-up time. Worked 16 on 8 off and ports of call, that now at my age, I would never get to return to see.

>b< You are right about the trust we put in those young guys. Thank God there are those who will serve!

>b< I am part of trying to save the USS Ranger as a museum ship in Fairview (Portland area), Oregon. We will do so or fail by 2014 with everyone's help (or lack of). is our homemade website. Any webmaster in Portland area who would like to help let us know!