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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Jimmy Carter Commissioning Countdown

Only 4 days until PCU Jimmy Carter becomes USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)! DefenseLink has an official press release on the upcoming festivities. As I posted earlier, the link to the official Sub Group TWO Commissioning home page is here.

Staying at PD...


Anonymous Former NavET said...

Is the Jimmy Carter the first Submarine to be named after a living individual? I seem to recall all the old "41 for Freedom" SSBNs were named after dead Presidents or historic figures. Even the Trident Henry "Scoop" Jackson was going to be the USS Rhode Island until the hawk Democrat Senator from WA passed away.

Former NavET

2/16/2005 9:11 AM

Blogger lawhawk said...

The answer is no. The following ships were named after individuals then living:

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709) (The only LA class sub named for a person and not a city or state)
USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR-300)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
USS Nitze (DDG-94)
USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)

Courtesy of Targetpractice at LGF

2/16/2005 9:28 AM

Anonymous Former NavET said...

How could I forget the "RICKOVER"? If I had been a Nuke I could claim "post traumatic stress disorder". Those comments at LGF are brutal, It's a take no prisoners conversation, or is that "hostages"?

Former NavET

2/16/2005 9:49 AM

Anonymous FTCS(SS) Ret. said...

I sure hope the sub defends her country better than her namesake. Not only LGF But Scrappleface is having a bit of fun with Carter

2/16/2005 11:43 AM

Blogger ninme said...

I happen to know (yes, me!) that Carl Vinson was the first person to actually *attend* his own commissioning ceremony, or whatever it's called. So, even if they were all alive, very few of them actually made it. Aren't you all impressed with my vast knowledge?

*cough* sarcasm *cough*

2/16/2005 10:49 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Very impressive, Ninme! Also, lawhawk is of course right about the Rickover being the first sub named after a living person; The Rickover was commissioned on July 21, 1984, and the old man passed away July 8, 1986.

2/17/2005 6:31 AM


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