Thursday, July 25, 2013

US Naval Power

Found this pic on FB:  (close up here and the Reagan is off to the right)

Four of the most powerful ships ever built.  All now long retired. I served on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) from '94-'98 and did work on both the Independence and Constellation. On it I went all up and down the West Coast including a week in Acapulco, Tazmania, Australia, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and some time in the gulf. 

Now it sits there rusting.

I feel old.

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Unknown said...

The aircraft carrier (on the right, not left) is actually the Stennis, i believe, in dry dock. The shipyard is on the northern side of Sinclair Inlet.

NotClauswitz said...

Went out on the USS Ranger back in '69 on Family Day - dad had been with the(then) Admiral at Annapolis - I was 11. Freaking amazing show of power.
Few ys. back visited the Hornet in Alameda - amazing to realize a ship that small launched the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo.

Chad said...

Turning your ship into a museum makes you feel kinda old too, like they did mine. USS Midway (CV-41).

Thirdpower said...

Right, correct. Stennis, no. Zoom in, that's 76, the Reagan. Stennis is 74.

poppa india said...

Feel old? Me too. I was an electrician at the Philly Navy Yard the last 8 years it was in business and worked on the Indy, the Kitty Hawk and the Constellation. Froze in the Winter and sweated in the Summer to re-build them, now they just sit there.