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Friday, February 04, 2005

Pictures of PCU Jimmy Carter (SSN 23)

The Navy Newstand released two new pictures of the Jimmy Carter underway. These pictures, found here and here, show clearly the extra 100 foot section (the Multi-Mission Platform) that was added to the middle of the boat, making her much longer than her two sister ships. The markings painted on the aft escape trunk are there for sea trials only, and are painted over later. The picture contains the first official press announcement I've seen that she'll be commissioned on Feb. 19th, 2005. I'll be covering this commissioning in depth, since I'll be an "honorary plankowner"... or at least I should be, if they do it the same as every other boat that's been commissioned. (I was a member of the Pre-Commissioning crew who transferred before commissioning.)


Blogger WillyShake said...

I see only two hatches, both Aft. Is this similar to the SW? If so, what about weapons loads?

2/04/2005 6:25 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

There's another hatch immediately aft of the sail; the weapons go in there nosefirst at a 45 degree angle. The nice thing about that is that the stairs that attach to it are normal 45 degree stairs for visitors, so there's no vertical ladders for wives to come down in their skirts...

2/04/2005 6:33 PM

Blogger Michael said...

Looks like a great boat. Can't wait to see the reports on the commisioning.
I have a question on how the namming proccess agreed on Carter...(in all due respect given)

2/05/2005 11:25 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

The Seawolf class has real issues with the naming and numbering of the whole class. Since they didn't go with convention (with a class name of Seawolf, the rest should have been named after marine animals as well) and named the second boat after a state, I thought it was a good idea to complete the "trifecta of incongruity". Since we started naming ships for living people (Arleigh Burke) and then living Presidents (Ronald Reagan was the first, George H. W. Bush came later for aircraft carriers) it made sense for the Clinton administration to honor President Carter, who is a submariner himself. President and Mrs. Carter came up to Groton with some of their family to meet the crew when I was there; it was a pleasure for my wife and I to meet them.

2/05/2005 11:47 AM


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