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    Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

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    07:42 AM EST on Friday, January 9, 2009

    NORFOLK The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush will be commissioned Saturday. The carrier was built in Newport News, but it will be commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk.

    But whether it stays in Norfolk remains to be seen.

    The Bush will get its big party Saturday morning. There will be a long list of V.I.P.s in attendance including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and both presidents Bush.

    Today, members of the media get a chance to see the ship, talk with some of the crew, and get video of the carrier.

    However, the celebration is somewhat clouded because the future of the carrier is still up in the air.

    Norfolk will be home at least for awhile, but Mayport, Florida could become its permanent home.

    The Navy has said that spreading out the east coast fleet would improve security, but Virginia legislators disagree.They say Norfolk is the most logical spot, and have promised to fight tooth and nail to keep it here.

    "There is no justification economically or strategically for it, so I think these facts are going to carry the day, they certainly should," said Senator Jim Webb of Virginia.

    Even though the commissioning is tomorrow, the carrier isn't quite ready for action. It still has to go through sea trials and have minor work done.
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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    The carrier in that picture is the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). George H. W. Bush will be CVN-77:

    Aircraft Carrier Photo Index: (CVN-77)

    She will be the 10th and final Nimitz-class carrier. I wish her and her crew smooth sailing.

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    The carrier in that picture is the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). George H. W. Bush will be CVN-77:

    Aircraft Carrier Photo Index: (CVN-77)

    She will be the 10th and final Nimitz-class carrier. I wish her and her crew smooth sailing.
    Thanks for the accurate info.

    OBL 11/24/02

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    Only political morons think putting all our ships in one por tis a bright idea.

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Only political morons think putting all our ships in one por tis a bright idea.
    I agree. There are too many people in America these days who insist on making decisions about things they know nothing about.

    OBL 11/24/02

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    I don't see how legislators think they have the right or the knowledge to override military command when it comes to placement of our forces.

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I don't see how legislators think they have the right or the knowledge to override military command when it comes to placement of our forces.
    Conservative legislators didn't seem to have a problem criticizing Clinton and Kosovo, and I don't remember an over outcry from conservatives criticizing them.

    Amazing that.

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Conservative legislators didn't seem to have a problem criticizing Clinton and Kosovo, and I don't remember an over outcry from conservatives criticizing them.

    Amazing that.
    I don't recall anyone making this a partisan issue up until...well just now. Amazing that.

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I don't recall anyone making this a partisan issue up until...well just now. Amazing that.
    Against this commissioning or against wars in general?

    Either way I doubt conservatives would have a problem with the commissioning of a Richard Nixon Either. Both were just as bad.

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    Re: Commissioning of carrier George H.W. Bush to be held tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Against this commissioning or against wars in general?
    Against the idea of legislators trying to override military command when it comes to strategic placement of our military assets.

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