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There may not have been many of you — the former supply ship Saturn’s crew of 160 never included many more than 40 sailors during its 25-year run with Military Sealift Command — but here’s a respectful nod to you and your old ride, which was sunk in the Atlantic Wednesday after the George H.W. Bush Strike Group spent two days attacking the decommissioned ship during a training/sinking exercise. Ships from Destroyer Squadron 22 and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 8, along with Patrol Squadrons 10 and 45, took part in the tactical training exercise using surface-to-surface, air-to-surface and surface-to-air…

It’s been about a month since former Center of Excellence fellow Phil Ewing offered up a couple of sweet photos to adorn the desktops of faithful Scoop Deck readers. A lot has changed since then: the leaves have begun to turn, Navy annihilated Notre Dame and Wikileaks released another 400,000-odd pages of classified material. (On that note, if you missed it, the New York Times had a fascinating profile of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange posted on Saturday.) Changing times call for a change in backgrounds. This one by MC2 Kilho Park should speed you along your way down the information…

No, not a Halloween post — although Slide No. 4 in the Naval Safety Center’s “Signs of the Times” Vol. 6 contains elements of a good ol’, cheezy horror flick: Revenge of the Crocodilians! The slide show (http://safetycenter.navy.mil/ — midpage, “Signs of the Times #6, a PowerPoint doc) is a collection of similarly bad yet humorous or tongue-in-cheek signage that underlines the importance of labeling hazards clearly and effectively — and taking even official-looking warnings (at least, the civilian versions) with a grain of salt. It’ll take a few seconds to download with a good connection, but it’s worth it.

Our departed colleague Phil Ewing recently linked to a sobering Telegraph report on the enormous budget pressures facing the British fleet. Today’s Wall St. Journal takes a much cheekier view of the problem — specifically, as it relates to Britain’s apparent desire to continue funding two new STOVL-capable carriers, one already under construction, that won’t have new Brit-ready Joint Strike Fighters available to populate their decks for some years after they’re ready to go. Check out Five Uses for Spare Aircraft Carriers. Alternative No. 1, turning them into floating youth clubs, would appear to be the best option, as No.…

The carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower began a six-month Planned Incremental Availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., Monday — coincidentally, the 33rd anniversary of the flattop’s commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station’s Pier 12. The scheduled but much-needed maintenance and modernization period follows an extraordinarily busy time for Ike, which came home July 28 following the second of two nearly back-to-back deployments in a 17-month period — the so-called “double-shot.” During the cake-cutting ceremony marking the occasion, shipyard project superintendent Chrystal Brady said the period will be the “largest PIA ever done” in six months; Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, Ike’s CO,…

A sequel to the smash 1986 movie that provided a soundtrack for a generation of naval aviators and turned Tom Cruise into a star might be in the cards. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has made offers to the original producer and director of “Top Gun” to produce a sequel. According to the paper, Cruise would be expected to make an appearance as Maverick, the hotshot F-14 Tomcat pilot who bends or breaks the rules in his constant efforts to be the best. Two quick questions come to mind here: 1. Hollywood LIVES on sequels. How did this…

 The amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima kicked off New York City’s 23rd Annual Fleet Week as it made its way down the Hudson River and past the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday. Fort Hamilton’s four-gun battery fired an 11-gun salute to honor the participating ships. Sailors and Marines manning the rails then saluted as they passed the site of the World Trade Center.

    Talk about concentrated power. The folks at San Diego-based 3rd Fleet this week posted this photograph of three Nimitz-class aircraft carriers (yes, that’s the “68” of Nimitz in the middle, nestled between Carl Vinson, at top, and Ronald Reagan, at bottom) nestled at the berths at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, Calif. It’s not the first time North Island has supported three aircraft carriers – it was more common in the conventional days – and for a short time after 9/11 it even hosted four carriers. But with the Navy’s busy training and operational tempos, it’s…

Some friends of a fired CO are rallying support online. Check out this Facebook page named “Support Capt. John Titus,” in honor of the commanding officer of the Navy Supply Corps School who was relieved of command on Jan. 8. The page creators want people to send letters of endorsement to the chief of naval personnel to consider along with Titus’ detached for cause package. Michael Aldrich, a supply officer with a Facebook page, posts on the wall “CAPT Titus ROCKS!!!!” That’s the fired CO himself up there (second from the left) in a photo from the groundbreaking for the new supply…

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