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Old 10-22-2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default The New USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS-2)

From a veteran of the prior Indy (CV-62).

Littoral Combat Ship Christened Independence (LCS 2) - Austal

You may note that the new one isn't an aircraft carrier.

LCS= 'Littoral Combat Ship'

This is one of two competing designs. The other one, FREEDOM (LCS-1) is being built in Marinette, Wisconsin.

They'll commission the both of them, and then see which one is the better answer to present and future requirements.
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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I notice that there are no pictures of it.

At least the "Independence" is a good name for a warship. What gives with naming ships after bureaucrats? "Carl Vinson"... "John Stennis" ... yawn. Though they should pull an LSD out of mothballs and name it the "William J. Clinton". That'd be cool.
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:03 PM   #3
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Well let's see if they can import some roaches from the old Indy to infest the mess deck, and make "Bug Juice" true to it's name. One time when I was messcooking (in the compartment by the MAA shack) I opened my rack's locker and hundredes of roaches, large and small were scurring all over everything. So I packed up and went back to the 03 level, hid out in my old rack 'till messcooking was done (90 days).
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:20 PM   #4
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The first Indy was a Frigate built in 1813, the second one, CVL-22 was a light attack carrier built in '42 and saw extensive action in the Pacific, Our Indy was built in '62 and saw action in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the first gulf war and of course the Great Guantanamo Bay Naval Base EM's Club Riot of '78 wherein I personally broke a glass ashtray over some Airdales head, dropping him like a sack o' taters and cutting my hand in the process...

Hopefully this new tub will live up to it's proud history even though these new generation sailors are a bunch of panzies compared to us Salty Dogs
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:22 PM   #5
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The New Hampshire, a fast attack sub either went out today or will soon. The first time that 2 have been commissioned in a single year.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:57 AM   #6
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I watched "On a Wing and a Prayer" this morning on AMC. Man, they made some great movies during the war. I got all choked up when the hydroponic vegetable growing pilot stayed with the wounded crewman as they flew their plane into the drink.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:27 AM   #7
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Snarli2, the Indy was finished in 1958, and comissioned 01 010159.

So that was you who ended our liberty on Gitmo eh? That same night I stole a Dodge Power Wagon Short Partol vehicle at fleet landing (when the line was waaay too long) and 4-wheeled it all night, and picked up some zero at fleet landing and took him to the BOQ. He commented "wow duty seems kind of lax around here" thinking I was the duty driver, wearing jeans and a loud Hawiian shirt...ah sea stories of the Indy...maybe someone should write a book?
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:14 AM   #8
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That's right, I remember thinking it was as old as me.. an' now the ol' tub followed me home...sniff..

I don't know what started that little ruckus, seems like one minute we we're sitting there drinking and the next it was the wild wild west....anyway the guy had my bro Pineapple in a choke hold so I dropped him. I actually thought he was dead because he went down so hard, a couple of his buddies tried to grab us but we got loose and wound up with some of my MarDet buddies from when I was in the Brig. We grabbed a few fifths from the bar on the way out and wound up spending the night on the beach ducking SP's, we stumbled back to Fleet Landing in the morning took a launch to the boat and made it to the pit an hour late for the 0800~1600 Lower Level/Pumpman Watch. I took a shower under the Main Condenser, threw on a pair of Mean Greens and had the BT Messenger run up and grab me a couple of mystery meat & hot sauce sandwiches and washed 'em down with a gallon of coffee and a pack o' smokes. By then liberty was cancelled and we were setting the Sea & Anchor detail and heading back out... hell 'uv a deal LOL
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:21 AM   #9
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Default Definitely not the old Indy!

Here's some pics:

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Don't ask me why they're in Aviation Week.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:04 AM   #10
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Here's some pics:

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Diesels and turbines. Clever. Fuel economy on diesels and speed from turbines. Sort of like the old B-36 with pistons and turbojets... except this is probably an effective weapons system instead of an over-rated piece of junk. Interesting stuff the Nav is doing these days.

The AF usually gets all press because the planes are more exciting to the uninitiated but note that the Navy developed our currently operational phased array anti-missile systems. They've been ahead of the AF technologically in many areas.
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