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Friday, May 02, 2008

PCU North Carolina To Be Commissioned

PCU North Carolina (SSN 777) is in Wilmington, N.C., in preparation for her commissioning ceremony on Saturday. A quick video of the boat (including a cute tiny 21" torpedo tube) is available here. (The last link also has a link to the live webcast of the ceremony, which will start Saturday, May 3, at 1000 EDT.)

More videos from the local TV station, taken during an underway earlier this year, are available here, here, and here.

Update 0528 04 May: The ceremony apparently went off without a hitch; a report is here. Video of the ceremony can be found here.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess it can shoot "cute and tiny" 21" torpedoes, missiles, and mines just like one of the two and half Seawolf class boats can.

5/02/2008 9:16 AM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Yes, but the larger tubes on the Seawolf-class boats are much more manly and muscular-looking. It's understandable if you're jealous...

5/02/2008 9:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, those guys are jealous as well of the whole 50 weapons idea as well. SEAWOLF JO '02-'06

5/02/2008 11:16 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what you're saying is that the Seawolf boats have some sort of inferiority complex and are a little unsure of themselves and so to boost their self esteem they installed bigger tubes to appear more manly?

Show me a weapon over 21" and then I might be impressed by the size of your tubes. How many VLS tubes do they have again?

5/02/2008 6:14 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel, you seem to be confused over whether the tube or the torpedo is masculine. Given that the tube is, well, a tube, I think the torpedo would be the masculine characteristic and the tube the feminine. And let's just say that when I am choosing a mate, one of the qualifications I DON'T want is that she is roomy enough to handle something that is five inches bigger than me (which of course does not exist). Or that she has eight tubes.

5/03/2008 7:06 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paging Dr. Freud....

I think there are some Seawolf sailors to see you concerning overcompensation issues...

5/03/2008 7:59 PM

 
Blogger Free The Nucs said...

The Seawolf class was our last attempt at building an actual, no-lie Death Star. With the notable exception that the Death Star actually left the pier once it was built, of course. Now it's sort of the OS2-Warp of submarines.

5/03/2008 8:16 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A torpedo tube, no matter the size, is still just a big itchy vag that doesn't want your * in her.

5/05/2008 4:40 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many times can you load VLS at-sea, on station? That's right - none boys and girls.

5/06/2008 9:35 AM

 
Blogger pbsterling said...

My mom attended the commissioning ceremony on Saturday. Here is her write up:

It was truly a piece of history. Of course we couldn't go On board, only families of the officers got that privilege. But they had a band, many military Speakers as well as politicians and called the crew to board which was very impressive. A local Restaurant catered the event, nothing fancy, wraps, subs, bottled drinks, chips, fruit and cookies. But considering it was for 6,000, they sure had it under control.

5/07/2008 5:41 AM

 

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