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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:44 PM

Navy veterans: my plan for a new naming program for our aircraft carriers.

Full disclosure: I'm ex-Army, but I'm still fascinated by naval vessels.

I have to tell you, I'm pretty sick and tired of having our carriers named for famous figures in American history. And I think it's a really bad idea to name them after Presidents. After all, Cadet Bonespurs could, theoretically, get one named after him someday.

Carriers used to be named after battles, like Lexington, Saratoga, or Iwo Jima. Or after famous American ships from the Age of Sail, like Hornet, Wasp, or Enterprise.

I'd like to start a new program whereby carriers take their names only from either the original six frigates (other than Constitution, of course) or else the names of the states, like they used to do with battleships, (with the exception of Arizona and Utah. )

That would leave us with fifty-three names for new carriers. With state names, we could bestow them in the order the states entered the Union, i.e. U.S.S. Delaware, etc.

What do you think of that idea?

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Reply Navy veterans: my plan for a new naming program for our aircraft carriers. (Original post)
Aristus Dec 2019 OP
Docreed2003 Dec 2019 #1
Aristus Dec 2019 #4
marble falls Dec 2019 #2
Aristus Dec 2019 #5
marble falls Dec 2019 #8
Aristus Dec 2019 #9
marble falls Dec 2019 #10
GP6971 Dec 2019 #17
Aristus Dec 2019 #18
CatMor Dec 2019 #3
Aristus Dec 2019 #6
bluedigger Dec 2019 #7
redstatebluegirl Dec 2019 #11
Aristus Dec 2019 #12
Haggis for Breakfast Dec 2019 #21
Sherman A1 Dec 2019 #13
Aristus Dec 2019 #14
GP6971 Dec 2019 #19
The River Dec 2019 #15
Aristus Dec 2019 #16
Kaleva Dec 2019 #20
Angleae Dec 2019 #22
Aristus Dec 2019 #23

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:49 PM

1. You'd have to exclude Oklahoma as well

I don't have a problem with the idea, other than I think we should always have a ship named Enterprise, but that's a personal preference.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:53 PM

4. No, I think both of those are great ideas.

I knew there was a protocol against using Arizona or Utah again. Is there one for Oklahoma?

And yes, definitely let's always have an Enterprise...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:51 PM

2. I agree. I think we're ready for a new Arizona, too.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:54 PM

5. I'm not sure I agree with that.

I don't know (see above) if there's an actual protocol in place against the naming of new ships for Arizona, in honor of the U.S.S. Arizona, but if there is, I agree with it.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:58 PM

8. The Arizona means a lot to me for no reason I can explain as an ex-swabby. But she's rapidly ...

deteriorating and will be functionally gone in a few decades.

I've seen the silver ward settings for her at the AZ state fair and the thought they could be placed on a new Arizona pleases me.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 05:03 PM

9. I wonder (if this program was adopted, of course), if a new Arizona was in the works,

putting the issue to a consortium of naval veterans from the State of Arizona to get a decision on whether or not to revive the name for future ships.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 05:09 PM

10. Looked around, can't see anything about it.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:52 PM

17. The USS Arizona Memorial

is an active Military Cemetery. So the Navy may not consider a new ship in her name....just a thought.

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:54 PM

18. I hope it stays that way.

I visited the Memorial. Very moving. I'm sure they'll find a way to preserve the memorial even after the ship has rusted completely away.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:52 PM

3. Im not a veteran but I very much like your plan for a new naming program ...

naming after the state's could also mean to honor the women and men from those states who served our country.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:56 PM

6. I like that idea.

They could even use that in the christening ceremony for the new ships.

"In honor of the men and women of the great state of Delaware, I christen thee U.S.S. Delaware!

Sounds good...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 04:57 PM

7. Remember the Maine!

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 05:12 PM

11. I would rather see them named this way or after Medal of Honor recipients.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 05:14 PM

12. That's another good idea.

I hadn't thought of MOH recipients.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 10:22 PM

21. I agree.

And naming ships after honored heroes sits well with me too. I'd like to see the U.S.S. William McRaven. But I would LOVE to see the U.S.S. Barack H. Obama.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 05:35 PM

13. I agree in part

I would prefer that they be named after the battles as they once were and of course their must be one named Enterprise.

I prefer
Enterprise
Constellation
Saratoga
Ticonderoga
Yorktown
Hornet
Lexington
Intrepid
Wasp
Kearsage
Shangri-La
Oriskany

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 05:50 PM

14. The next carrier up for construction after the new USS JFK is the Enterprise.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:56 PM

19. I would add

the Franklin to that list.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:33 PM

15. Doesn't Matter What You Name Them

the enlisted crew will find /make up a dirty nickname.
Having served aboard an old Essex class carrier (CVA 19)
it was unavoidable.

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Response to The River (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:51 PM

16. I'm fine with that.

It's a grand old naval tradition...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 09:34 PM

20. I'd reserve the names of the Essex class cariers, plus the Enterprise and JFK, for future carriers

Boomers can be states, attack subs named after fish, cruisers after cities, destroyers and frigates named after destroyers that were active during WWII.

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Response to Angleae (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 11:04 PM

23. I liked it better when they just had maritime names.

n/t

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