The Navy held its “first cut” ceremony for the yet-to-be-named CVN 79 last week. Naming a carrier is a big deal and there are plenty of politics involved. Ultimately Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will make the call but he should have the benefit of input from Scoop Deck readers. Leave your suggestions in the comment section. Here are a few to get you started:
1. USS James Greer — Adm. James Greer retired from an illustrious Navy career to head the Central Intelligence Agency. He served as a mentor to CIA SuperSpy-turned-President Jack Ryan and was instrumental in the successful resolution of the the Soviet submarine Red October’s famous defection to the United States. Greer died in office during the 1989 Colombian drug intervention crisis that sent a team of U.S. Army Special Forces into the jungles to fight an unauthorized war against the Medellín drug cartels. (Greer not to be confused with Rear Adm. James Greer, the Civil War officer.)
2. USS Thomas J. Whitmore — President Whitmore displayed exceptional leadership during the 1996 alien invasion of the world. Whitmore, who lost his wife in the struggle, rallied the world and launched a successful July 4 aerial counterattack against the alien invaders, coordinated via Morse code from Area 51, Nev. He also delivered the single most inspirational presidential speech of all time, shown in the documentary Independence Day.
3. USS Your Name Here — Because everyone is special.
4. USS Navy Times — I mean, there’s always a chance.