Thursday, 14 February 2008

CVN 21...the Royal Navy should buy a couple of these instead of mucking about trying to build their own.


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this ones for Wilky.....


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder who I write to suggest names for CVN-79... I do not like naming carriers for recent Presidents, living or dead.....

Just think... generations from now men might tell their grand children "I served in Hillary Clinton {shudder}.

I think names like USS Liberty or Doolittle would be preferable. And even though we have a ship named for Winston Churchill, I think Victory should not be considered for the name of an American ship... It's just a matter of respect.

Anonymous said...

We've had this before Theo. We can't crew these things. Our CVSs are running with gapped billets and they complement 1100. These yank carriers run with nearer 5000 fully complemented.

Theo Spark said...

Press gangs! should solve the problem. There again if we start buying some serious kit for the forces people may want to be part of it.

Anonymous said...

We get plenty of people wanting to be a part of it...Recruitment is up, retention is our big problem. We don't spend enough time on basic training, therefore we send people to sea keen and positive. They get to us at sea and they haven't had enough training. This comes as a bit of a shock to them! Then they have to deal with going from Travelodge style accom during training, to going to a 40 man messdeck 3 pits high and a trek up a ladder to get to the heads and bathrooms. Myriad other issues. Sorry for the rant.... Been doing this for 21 yrs, still love it and would reccomend it to anyone. Supprt from those who hold the purse strings, and we'll give you the Navy of old.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Theo, you know how to rub it in..we have two of these in commision at the moment. They could both fit on the flight deck of that floating city !!!
Still prefer these phots to them plane (plain) ones....

Anonymous said...

the army also have problems with keeping veterens - problem is i dont think mp's give two hoots

Anonymous said...

Darkpixel - How about the USS Coca-Cola Presented by Careerbuilder.com? These things are supposed to sail around the world for 70 years, the naming rights should be worth something.