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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

PCU Hawaii To Be Christened Saturday

In what appears to be just about the stealthiest christening in a long time, PCU Hawaii (SSN 776) will probably be christened on Saturday. I really haven't seen anything out about this happy event until today, when a Hawaii paper reported that the submarine will be "blessed":

"Gov. Linda Lingle, the ship's sponsor, and U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye will represent Hawaii at the blessing. Retired Hawaii Army National Guard Master Sgt. Raymond Ganotise will give the blessing. Also in the audience will be Adm. Gary Roughead, Pacific Fleet commander."

The article doesn't once use the word "christened"; it does, however, have some other useful "information":

"At 7,800 tons the Hawaii also is lighter than a 8,100-ton Seawolf-class submarine. Six Virginia-class submarines are contemplated, but so far only one, the USS Virginia, is in service, with the USS Texas expected to join the fleet next month."

I probably shouldn't be too hard on these reporters who don't normally cover submarines, but if you're going to put information down, why not make it correct? For the record, Seawolf-class boats displace 9,100+ tons (with SSN23 displacing more) and there are at least 10 Virginia class boats planned.

Despite no mention of the upcoming event that I could find on either the Electric Boat or SubGru TWO homepages, I was able to confirm that the upcoming "blessing" is actually a christening -- the protesters are planning on being there, and provided the scheduling information. Here's what the boat they're going to protest looked like when she was rolled out of the big green building at EB:

Who could protest against something so pretty?

Update 2325 14 June: Here's the DoD press release on the christening.


Anonymous disguted (aka EW3) said...

Just a guess, blessing is the PC version of christened. The word's root word might offend someone.

6/13/2006 2:28 PM

Blogger Trickish Knave said...

No, they use the term 'blessed' in context of the polytheistic religion the Hawaiian's have.

I hope the people that bless the USS HAWAII aren't the same ones who bless the road designs in this state- otherwise the HAWAII is in for a short operational life span.

6/13/2006 4:04 PM

Blogger Skippy-san said...

Technical question. What is the round thing on the bottom of the bow? I was suprised the bow did not go back smooth along the keel. Does that not make noise/ less speed?

6/15/2006 2:41 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

I have no idea -- might be plastic wrap they've taped onto the bottom of the sonar dome to cover a still-open access hole that'll be welded up soon. You're right that such a bump would really make a lot of flow noise and slow the ship down (even more than Virginias are already slow).

6/15/2006 6:13 AM

Blogger Buck said...

I attended the ceremony (my son's an MM3 nuke3 aboard). The protesters turned out to be a little old lady handing out leaflets near the main entrance. Not disruptive at all.

As for the use of the word blessing, in an odd case of accuracy winning out over political correctness, it actually was a blessing! A retired Hawaiian MSgt said a prayer in Hawaiian over the boat at the end of which he pronounced that 'this war canoe is free of taboo.' It was actually a pretty cool part of the ceremony.

The political folks maintained a common theme among each other that they want the Navy to ramp up demand to 2 Virginia's per year. That, and 'thanks' to Hawaii for the generations of sailors who sailed out of Pearl Harbor.

Yes, the sponsor (Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle) did break the bubbly successfully and all by herself :-)

6/19/2006 11:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That round thing at the bottom of the bow is a CHIN Array. It doesn't make any flow noise.

7/09/2006 10:14 AM


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