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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Big News!

Word on the street today is that President Obama is going to confirm the existence of the secret submarine base under the Nevada desert.


Additionally, I'm hearing that, in support of the efforts of the city of Topeka to win the Google broadband network, the Navy will be changing the name of my old boat to USS Google (SSN 754).

Update 1440 01 Apr: More big news coming out today! From the U.S. Navy Facebook page:
Today the Navy announced a new and unprecedented partnership with the U.S. Air Force on the next Aircraft Carrier. The next Ford class aircraft carrier will be jointly crewed by both Navy and Air Force personnel becoming the first fully joint warship. In the spirit of this partnership the ship will be named the "James Doolittle" after Lt Col. James Doolittle that famously led a raid on Tokyo in April 1942. In the spirit of environmental efforts in the Navy, the ship will include a new 'Green Flight Deck' designed to Air Force specifications. Naval aviators have never been so excited about an upcoming deployment.
They even have a picture:

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good line: "When the BIG ONE finally hits, many scientists in the know believe that most of California will break off like a cold Hershey bar and slide into the ocean!"

But I think it'd be more like a Baby Ruth bar in Caddyshack: "It's no big deal."

4/01/2010 10:55 AM

 
Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

The Hawthorne station is really an army depot with a Navy bomb squad. FYI.

Oh, and they've recently put in a McDonalds in town, and now have pay-at-the-pump technology in Hawthorne!!

4/01/2010 11:13 AM

 
Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

Actually, Walker Lake could be a good place for NR-1 to end up! Imagine venturing into the depth of a 90-foot deep lake to take part in the submarine experience. How exciting would that be.

4/01/2010 11:18 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish they would close the damn place down. The transit is awful; 1/2 the year it was too hot to be topside; being inside was worse than operating in the IO (I swear the water temp was nearly as high as the air temp);

By necessity - Anonymous

4/01/2010 11:23 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Happy April Fools to y'all too.

4/01/2010 12:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Certainly wouldn’t seem deep enough for a Ohio, Virginia, Seawolf, Los Angeles. Maybe that little nuclear powered Fast Attack Sub. But I know nothing about submarines."

With the posters on this site talking endlessly about every minor submarine-related story, how did you guys miss the launch of an entire new class of ship? I read all the time and I've never once seen a mention of the LNP-FAS class. You guys got scooped by someone who admits he knows nothing about subs!

So what kind of naming convention do these "little nuclear-powered Fast Attack subs" use? I figure Tridents are big => named after states. LAs are smaller => named after cities. LNP-FAS much smaller => named after buildings. And since they're stationed out of Nevada, the first ship of the class is probably the USS Circus-Circus.

4/01/2010 1:11 PM

 
Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

And no nukes in the crew! No propulsion! No nukes!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy.

DBF uber alles!

4/01/2010 1:30 PM

 
Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

I actually read that the second ship of the LNP-FAS class is going to be named the USS Grand Sierra (LNPFAS-2). The estimated cost is $150M for this ship.

Also note that the Driving (Golf) Range next to the Grand Sierra will be converted to allow refueling and drydocking of LNP-FAS-class ships.

4/01/2010 2:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out for that water hazard.

4/01/2010 3:12 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using the steam catapult instead my #1 wood would probably help my tee-off!

4/01/2010 7:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about that distiguished Georgia congressman asking ADM Willard about Guam capsizing...

4/01/2010 7:39 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would truly be the best floating Air Force base in the Navy. This would be stiff competition for the other best Air Force bases in the Navy at KB and Bangor.

4/01/2010 9:03 PM

 
Anonymous 3383 said...

You can't expect a base to remain secret when you put a sign out like that, however good the camouflage is.

I blame Obama.

4/02/2010 12:02 AM

 
Blogger SJV said...

Shoulda made the flight deck covered with the new blue camo.

4/02/2010 6:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many hole in ones could Tiger get on that course?

Assclown Granddaddy

4/02/2010 7:26 AM

 
Blogger Mark said...

I wonder if he will be giving up the secret of the refueling site at Ballston Spa? hope the crd don't track me down. The maneuvering watch through the tunnel from the Hudson is one of the roughest...

Math Teacher from UpState NY
EMCS/SS

4/02/2010 8:17 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3383,

Golf course USAF Carrier been showing up on April 1 since "Bush 43 Mission Accomplished" in 2003. recycled by current SecDef. Pay attention dude!!

Last year it was all female Submarine Crew, close but no cigar--pun intended......

Keep a zero bubble.........

DBFTMC(SS)USNRET

4/02/2010 9:03 PM

 
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