Browsing: Carriers

For the second year in a row, the flight deck of the USS Yorktown will shine pink every night in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Live 5 News in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. reported. The retired aircraft carrier-turned-museum, also known as the “Fighting Lady,” is docked at Patriots Point. It has been fitted with pink lights to illuminate the flight deck. “As a part of the greater Charleston family, Patriots Point is proud to support this important initiative, which shines light on a disease that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will develop over the course of…

Despite having young workers and a high rate of turnover, business execs could stand to learn five lessons from the Navy, according to a report by Forbes. One thing the Navy is really good at, according to the report, is making sure knowledge isn’t lost when someone leaves the service. That means multiple generations’ worth of experiences and knowledge informs a newly enlisted sailor’s actions today. The five things the service excels at are training, qualification boards, practice, reviews and progression. The author of the article, Craig Malloy, who is the CEO of Bloomfire, also gives tips on how to…

A flag officer who has led the effort to supply all aircraft carriers with Torah scrolls just got nominated for a second star. Rear Adm. Herman Shelanski is commander of Carrier Strike Group 10. Shelanski also will receive the Jewish Military Leadership Award at the JCCs of North America Biennial in May 7. In its announcement, the organization noted Shelanski’s support for Torah for Our Troops, a Jewish Welfare Board/Jewish Chaplains Council initiative to commission lightweight Torah scrolls for chaplains to use in the field and as they move throughout the fleet. The Torah is Judaism’s holy book. The Torah…

Pepper spray “familiarization” is old hat for master-at-arms sailors. But I’m guessing that not all those who volunteer for security department duty know what they’re getting into when they raise their right hand. At some point during the training, it looks something like this: Given the message on the shirt, Chapman knew what was coming on this particular day. Looks like someone didn’t take his advice.

A euphemism is “the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant,” according to Merriam-Webster. An example might be couching a near-$1 billion increase in the cost of the most expensive ship ever in the most innocuous terms possible. My colleague Chris Cavas has a fine explainer story in the print version of this week’s Defense News on the soaring cost of CVN 78, the Gerald R. Ford. Chris notes that the Navy’s recently unveiled fiscal year 2013 budget request asks Congress for another $811 million atop a total price tag of…

Dear VRC-40 “The Rawhides,” I’m just writing to apologize for getting airsick in your C-2A Greyhound. It was certainly unintentional. You handled the plane with steady hands as we flew from Naval Air Station Mayport, Fla., to the carrier Enterprise last week. We even had weather on our side, allowing for a particularly calm flight. If only my stomach was able to manage my breakfast as well as you flew the COD. Usually I handle flights pretty well, but the combination of the smell of aviation fuel, the lack of windows, the heat and the sheer grittiness of the Navy’s…

There’s something utterly incongruous about the setup, but a Chinese company is opening a luxury hotel on board a retired Kiev-class Soviet aircraft carrier. That’s right. One of these: Has bedrooms like these: And lounges like these: Crazy, no? The country that starved or killed millions in the name of communist purity and military dominance collapses, sells a carrier (in 1996) to a company in China (a former enemy) that, in 2004, turns the carrier into a tourist attraction — a military theme park that features a hotel aimed at a “high-end clientele.” This is begging for a Hollywood script.…

Despite trash-talk from Iran, the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is keeping its cool. After practicing blockading the Strait of Hormuz, a highway for about 20 percent of the world’s oil supply, Iranian Army chief Ataollah Salehi pledged consequences if a U.S. aircraft carrier entered the Persian Golf. “I advise, recommend and warn them over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once,” Salehi said. Days earlier, one of his country’s aircraft captured footage of the Stennis as it operated in the Gulf. Iranian officials claimed…

The fight is between blogger and Navy Mom Mary Brotherton and Capt. Brian “Lex” Luther, commanding officer of the carrier George H.W. Bush, a ship with ongoing commode problems. Brotherton has a blow-by-blow account of the head troubles on the carrier, complete with accounts from her son, a sailor onboard. It’s pretty thorough and includes details on how sailors handle widespread toilet outages, the clogs that cripple the toilet system and efforts to fix breakdowns. It was her work that tipped off a bunch of reporters on what’s happening on the ship. Not to be outdone, Capt. Luther has spoken up…

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