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Saturday, September 09, 2006

PCU Texas Being Commissioned Today

PCU Texas (SSN 775) will officially join the fleet as a commissioned warship today at 100o CDT in Galveston. A live webcast of the commissioning ceremony is going to be offered at this link. It should be a lot of fun!

Update 2314 10 Sept: By all accounts, the ceremony was a big success! Commenter SubSunk provides this report:
It was a pretty large turnout and a pretty decent ceremony. I couldn't hear well where I was standing, but the webcast is a great touch. Apparently the speeches were well recieved, the crew was extremely polite to all, and the dignitaries were well liked by the locals.
All in all, a good performance by the crew, the commissioning committee, and the supporting commands who assisted. Well done, all. Mrs. Bush was particularly popular, and was very gracious to the entire crew and the dignitaries and their families. We are very lucky to have such a lady representing the country, and the state of Texas.
Those who missed the ceremony can still view the webcast here. (It's about 90 minutes long.) For me, the most boring part of the ceremony is always the gun salute -- for some reason, at commissioning ceremonies, they always use only one gun, so it seems to take forever, and those rendering salutes look kind of silly holding it for so long. (For USS Connecticut's commissioning, I had the "traditional" Engineer's role of being in charge of the formation of crew members who didn't do anything else for the ceremony, so I was one of those who got to salute the whole time.)

The Sub Report has lots of links to coverage of the event, including these pictures. (The Navy's pictures can be found here.)

SubSunk's comments about the First Lady caused me to think back to the last time we had the First Lady serve as a sponsor of a submarine. Hillary Clinton (now Senator Clinton) served as the sponsor of USS Columbia (SSN 771). Like Mrs. Bush, she attended the ship's christening (2nd picture down here). However, when it came time to commission the boat, she couldn't find time in her schedule to attend.

And as petty as it might sound, that is the #1 reason I could never vote for her to be President.

4 Comments:

Blogger WillyShake said...

I believe they have a change of command coming up in a couple weeks as well--and the new CO is a long-time friend of my sister's husband.

Guess that makes SSN 775 my new favorite boat to keep an eye on!

Thanks for keeping us abreast of the news about them.

9/09/2006 7:01 AM

 
Blogger Subsunk said...

It was a pretty large turnout and a pretty decent ceremony. I couldn't hear well where I was standing, but the webcast is a great touch. Apparently the speeches were well recieved, the crew was extremely polite to all, and the dignitaries were well liked by the locals.

All in all, a good performance by the crew, the commissioning committee, and the supporting commands who assisted. Well done, all. Mrs. Bush was particularly popular, and was very gracious to the entire crew and the dignitaries and their families. We are very lucky to have such a lady representing the country, and the state of Texas.

Don't mess with Texas, indeed. A fine ship going in harms' way.

Subsunk

9/09/2006 10:27 PM

 
Blogger Subsunk said...

B,

You're right. RADM Hilarides is a buddy of mine and his comment about the saluting cannon was "they should have kept their powder dry". The CSS 8 Commodore is also a buddy and he didn't seem to be real happy with his saluting crew.

Mrs. Clinton was apparently very gracious to all the sailors during the launch. But since I wasn't around at their commissioning (I was at sea), I didn't know she didn't attend the commissioning. That is pretty amazing. First I've ever heard of a ship's sponsor not being there for the commissioning.

Our sponsor was a beauty. Mrs. O'Keefe (Sean O'Keefe's daughter actually) was a wonderful sponsor and frequently wrote us really great encouraging letters. We posted them on the bulletin boards. Crew loved 'em.

My buddy George (XO Columbia) said Mrs. Clinton was a jewel in person, but her staff was a huge group of pricks. Ya think?

Subsunk

9/11/2006 8:46 AM

 
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