Browsing: Ships

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus named seven ships earlier this month, putting out a news release that was remarkable for, if anything, being unremarkable. All seven ships — two littoral combat ships, three joint high speed vessels, one oceanographic research vessel and one amphib — were named within existing naming protocol for their respective classes. No controversial honoring of former Marines-turned-legislators, no convention-breaking decisions, no “Sense of the Senate” suggestions — just six cities and NASA pioneer Sally Ride. But Maine’s senators aren’t happy with how the April 12 release reads. Specifically, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King have sent…

A White House petition to name a Navy ship after former SEAL Chris Kyle currently has more than 2,500 signatures. The petition for the USS Chris Kyle was created Feb. 5 on the White House’s petition site “We the People.” You can sign it here. Kyle, the author of “American Sniper,” claimed to be the most deadly sniper in history, though those reports are unconfirmed by the Pentagon. He was killed Feb. 2 at a gun range in Texas. A public memorial for Kyle was held today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Petitions on “We the People” will get…

Forbidden love, Navy-style, just got its torch song. A former sailor has recorded his bawdy and facetious take on romantic tensions between enlisted guys and female officers on a ship, accompanying it to acoustic guitar. “So what if you’re an O-2 and I’m an E-3/Does that mean we can’t be involved romantically?” sings Logan Vath, a former aerographer’s mate 2nd class turned singer-songwriter, in a YouTube video uploaded Jan. 5. “They say age is just a number/Well rank is just a number too.” With pregnant pauses and innuendo, “The Fraternization Song — Navy Humor” skews into the ribald like an…

Have your USS Constitution, and eat it too. Boston Harborfest began June 28 with a celebration in Faneuil Hall that involved a cake cutting of epic proportions. The cake-replica of Old Ironsides to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 was made by Montillo’s Confections in Brockton, Mass. The bakery has been designing Harborfest kickoff cakes for 25 years, according to a Boston Harborfest press release. The cake, a mixture of devil’s food cake and white cake, used 100 lbs. of flour, 80 lbs. of butter and 10 gallons of milk. Boston Harborfest continues through July 4 with events…

A navy ship stuck in port for maintenance? Yes, but not the U.S. Navy this time. Down Under this past week, one of Australia’s newer ships developed problems with its propulsion system, according to reports. The amphibious landing ship HMAS Choules was heading from Sydney for a scheduled exercise in Queensland when the ship lost half its power, forcing the ship to return to Sydney. The 16,000-ton Choules is relatively new to the Royal Australian Navy, but it’s not a brand new ship. Australia bought the ship in December from the Brits – the Largs Bay operated in the fleet since…

Pulled by a beefy ocean-going tug appropriately called Warrior, the 45,000-ton battleship Iowa left its retirement berth with the mothball fleet in the San Francisco Bay area for a new life as a museum ship. As of Tuesday afternoon, the 877-foot-long Iowa was south of the Channel Islands on course for San Pedro, home to the port of Los Angeles. That put the ship a bit ahead of schedule. “The Iowa came in way too fast,” Anthony Broude, whose own historic group, the merchant ship SS Lane Victory, planned a Wednesday escort for Iowa’s early-morning arrival at San Pedro, told the Contra…

1 2 3 4 9
css.php