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Bonhomme Richard flight deck unfit for flight operations, could delay next deployment
Stars and Stripes ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | James Kimber

Posted on 08/23/2014 4:07:48 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan – The USS Bonhomme Richard will likely miss its next underway deployment after a botched $3 million resurfacing of the amphibious assault ship’s flight deck.

The ship had undergone the resurfacing less than a month ago.

“A recent application of non-skid coating on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard was not up to Navy safety standards and is being reapplied,” Cmdr. William Marks, spokesman for 7th Fleet, said in an email to Stars and Stripes. “This will cause an increase in port time and decrease in underway days for Bonhomme Richard.”

An “accidental gouging” of the flight deck on Aug. 8 led to a visual inspection, during which time officials from Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Sasebo saw the non-skid surface was flaking.

Further testing confirmed the nonskid material had not set properly, making the surface unsafe for flight operations, something preliminary quality-assurance testing didn’t indicate, Marks said.

The problem was immediately reported to Naval Surface Forces Pacific.

“We are now researching the root cause of the failure,” Marks said. “There could be a number of reasons it didn’t set properly and we won’t know the final details until additional testing takes place.”

As a result, the ship will likely have to delay its next deployment, which was set for late September or early October. The ship is currently conducting sea trials, and the repairs will take place afterward.

Personnel from SRF-JRMC Detachment Sasebo are working with technical experts from Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock on a rework plan, the Navy said. The same contractor, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, is expected to reapply the nonskid with increased oversight.

“At this time, the contract for this rework is not yet complete,” said Marks. “SRF is still reviewing what it can do to hold the original contractor accountable for paying for the rework.”

The Bonhomme Richard — which can carry a crew of 100 officers, 1,000 sailors and 1,900 Marines, along with four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters — is often called into duty when disaster strikes. Most recently, the ship spent more than a week in the Yellow Sea, assisting South Korean officials after the April 16 sinking of a South Korean ferry.

While the ship is out of commission, Navy officials say they will lean on the USS Peleliu — which arrived Friday in Sasebo a port visit — and the USS Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group to pick up the slack.

“Peleliu can be configured to conduct the same operations and take the same types of aircraft and landing and attack craft as USS Bonhomme Richard in different numbers,” Marks said. “Her characteristics are different, but she can support the same mission as USS Bonhomme Richard and this will not affect our participation in planned exercises throughout the deployment.”

The Bonhomme Richard arrived in Japan in April 2012 to replace the USS Essex, which had its share of problems during its final days in Sasebo.

In the months before the hull swap, mechanical and maintenance issues made the Essex unfit to fulfill its mission. In July of 2011, the ship was unable to take part in the Talisman Sabre exercise in Australia, and it never left port in February of 2012 when it was to participate in Cobra Gold training in Thailand.

Ironically, the Bonhomme Richard broke down while en route to Sasebo to replace the Essex. Problems with its boiler forced the ship to stop in Okinawa for repairs before making it to Sasebo.

For years, Navy officials have said that the high operations tempo placed on ships have led to advanced wear and tear.

Testifying before Congress in 2012, then-Vice Adm. William Burke, who was serving as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, said the Navy has “a limited supply of forces.”

“When you have these additional deployments, you sometimes impact the maintenance, or you impact the training, which will impact the maintenance,” Burke said. “So what we have is one event cascading into another, so we don’t get either of them quite right.”

kimber.james@stripes.com Twitter: @james_kimber


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Japan
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The ship had undergone the resurfacing less than a month ago.

So they were trying to resurface the flight deck at the height of the rainy season? It wouldn't surprise me if that was a big factor in the failure.

1 posted on 08/23/2014 4:07:48 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

I had a friend who served on The Bonhomme Richard in the early 1960s. He went on to become a maritime attorney after his service was done. May John RIP.


2 posted on 08/23/2014 4:15:10 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: GATOR NAVY

I agree, but also find it kind of messed up that a $3 million mistake seems like chump-change these days


3 posted on 08/23/2014 4:15:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GATOR NAVY

In Obama’s America, it’s normal to perform delicate work in bad weather. Wanna put up an eyesore windmill? Do it during tornado season.


4 posted on 08/23/2014 4:20:37 PM PDT by wastedyears (Aldnoah.Zero - Best new anime of 2014.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Obamas fault!


5 posted on 08/23/2014 4:29:01 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That would have been USS Bonhomme Richard (CV-31), an Essex class carrier commissioned in WWII. This is USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), a WASP class amphibious assault ship. Both named of course after John Paul Jones’ ship.


6 posted on 08/23/2014 4:32:05 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: rlmorel
ping...
7 posted on 08/23/2014 4:34:59 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Your friend was on the Bon Homme Richard CV-31 Essex Class full size aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1944.

This one is the LD-6 amphibious assault ship, commissioned in 1998.


8 posted on 08/23/2014 4:35:41 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A somewhat different Bonhomme Richard in the 60s, full WWII-era CV.


9 posted on 08/23/2014 4:38:12 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Different ship-—that Ben Franklin was a submarine and a boomer at that. The current Ben is a non-nuke assault ship.


10 posted on 08/23/2014 4:38:14 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: GATOR NAVY; exit82

Sorry for the confusion. The name of the ship just brought back many memories.


11 posted on 08/23/2014 4:39:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Ready4Freddy

See 11


12 posted on 08/23/2014 4:39:54 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: right way right

Definitely his fault we had NO deployed carriers in the pacific when the Chinese buzzed the P8.
Vinson now getting on station.
Bush in Indian
Nothing in Atlantic
The ‘new navy’


13 posted on 08/23/2014 4:40:43 PM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: GATOR NAVY

There’s one in between-—a boomer-—nuke sub. Bon Homme Richard is the French nick name for Ben Franklin. I expect there will always be a Bon Homme Richard in the US Navy so it’s necessary to keep track.


14 posted on 08/23/2014 4:41:46 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No confusion friend. By the date of 1969 in your post, I knew what you meant.

Just wanted to clarify for the younger Freepers that there has been more one Bon Homme Richard.


15 posted on 08/23/2014 4:42:14 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: aumrl

I do not know what you are complaining about. Two times in the past six years, the American people had a choice to make. Both times a majority of voters said ,via their votes, this was what they wanted. I said that I did not want to go in tis direction both times, to no avail. This is what, as evidenced by their votes, the majority wants. Let them enjoy it.


16 posted on 08/23/2014 4:46:31 PM PDT by sport
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To: GeronL
I agree, but also find it kind of messed up that a $3 million mistake seems like chump-change these days

One 0bama vacation costs more

17 posted on 08/23/2014 4:47:57 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: exit82

John Paul Jones sailed on the original, no?


18 posted on 08/23/2014 4:48:43 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: sport; aumrl

There was some voter fraud in the first election, also criminal acts in the primaries.

The second election had so much documented and witnessed voter fraud that to claim that the majority of voters wanted 0bastard is just not factual.

And of course saddling us with Romneypuke the second time, and McIsane the first, was another method to tamp down the opposition to 0bastard. Added to that the fact that McInsane stopped trying to win in July for some reason. He gave up at that point for some reason.


19 posted on 08/23/2014 4:52:07 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: GATOR NAVY

This incident as told so far is disgusting beyond explanation. How much of this Sumitomo contract money came back to the dimokrats? Shaving the specs is the only explanation for this clusterflock. We’ve been putting this non-skid stuff on decks for nearly half a century. Nothing new about it and nothing complicated. Somebody watered down the mix. And maybe didn’t prep the steel deck as req’d. There have to be sign-offs.

And how the bleep did these jerkopfs from Sumitomo get the job anyway? The ship is a non-nuke so maybe the source stuff gets looked at a little less closely but back in the early 70’s I blackballed these guys from trying to supply steel pipe for Nuke sub work. They pedalled some pipe to our federal supply system without specs/certs/anything and it simply didn’t meet fedspecs let alone nuke specs. My supply guys got absolutely clear instructions to not send me any foreign sourced steel pipe especially Sumitomo. This is walk-the-plank kind of stuff and I’ll be listening to hear who gets fed to the sharks.


20 posted on 08/23/2014 4:55:25 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: FatherofFive

exactly


22 posted on 08/23/2014 4:58:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GATOR NAVY
Poor Maintenance has been an issue beginning just about the time Reagan left office. Some of it lies with congress who sets the funding, some with Sec of Def's, some with POTUS, the sum total of each since about 1990 and Gulf War One which started the skipping of maintenance rotations and the downsizing.

I wish my FR Bookmarks still worked they had a lot of the issues documented :>{ I will say this much. Two carriers immediately following 9/11 unable to get underway was not the fault of the two Captains who's careers were ruined. You can't fix what isn't funded especially in a shipyard venue where many repairs must take place.

We need a Sec of Defense with anatomic fortitude enough to stand up to POTUS & Congress. Not even Cheney fit that description sad to say. The downturns began under his Sec of Def watch.

23 posted on 08/23/2014 4:58:58 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: GATOR NAVY
Poor Maintenance has been an issue beginning just about the time Reagan left office. Some of it lies with congress who sets the funding, some with Sec of Def's, some with POTUS, the sum total of each since about 1990 and Gulf War One which started the skipping of maintenance rotations and the downsizing.

I wish my FR Bookmarks still worked they had a lot of the issues documented :>{ I will say this much. Two carriers immediately following 9/11 unable to get underway was not the fault of the two Captains who's careers were ruined. You can't fix what isn't funded especially in a shipyard venue where many repairs must take place.

We need a Sec of Defense with anatomic fortitude enough to stand up to POTUS & Congress. Not even Cheney fit that description sad to say. The downturns began under his Sec of Def watch.

24 posted on 08/23/2014 4:58:58 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: scrabblehack

Yes—very good!

From Wiki:

“Little is known about the early career of Bonhomme Richard other than she was originally an East Indiaman named Duc de Duras; a merchant ship built in France for the French East India Company in 1765. In that capacity she sailed between France and the Orient until purchased by King Louis XVI of France in early 1779 and placed under the command John Paul Jones on 4 February.[2] The size and armament of Duc de Duras made her a rough equivalent of half of a 64-gun ship of the line[3]
Jones renamed her Bon Homme Richard - usually rendered in more correct French as Bonhomme Richard, to honor Benjamin Franklin, the American Commissioner at Paris whose Poor Richard’s Almanac was published in France under the title of Les Maximes du Bonhomme Richard.[1]”

More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bonhomme_Richard_(1765)


25 posted on 08/23/2014 5:00:22 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: GATOR NAVY
The same contractor, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, is expected to reapply the nonskid with increased oversight.

Don't we all know of a web site that had the same trouble? Only in gvt does the screwup get a chance to screw it up again.

26 posted on 08/23/2014 5:01:28 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Contract for the resurface...?

Why. Make the original guy repair it on his own dime.


27 posted on 08/23/2014 5:02:33 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (You all can go to hell, I'm going to Texas.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I had a friend who served on The Bonhomme Richard in the early 1960s.

A different ship with the same name?

28 posted on 08/23/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT by Cry if I Wanna
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To: GATOR NAVY

That’s an old ship


29 posted on 08/23/2014 5:12:30 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My cousin served on that ship in the 1960’s too. I thought they had retired her.


30 posted on 08/23/2014 5:14:54 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: cherokee1

I hear you!


31 posted on 08/23/2014 5:15:36 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Cry if I Wanna

Yes. It is one of the names that gets reused


32 posted on 08/23/2014 5:16:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: dalebert

Bonhomme Richard fights Serapis and wins.

And now they've gone and messed up her flight deck!!

33 posted on 08/23/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Luckily it was under warranty and they got double their money back ...


34 posted on 08/23/2014 5:18:11 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If you are reading this then you are probably one of the NWO designated 6.5 billion excess people.)
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To: dalebert
BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA 31) Commission Date: 11/26/1944 Launch Date: 04/29/1944 Stricken Date: 09/20/1989

USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP (MULTI-PURPOSE) The ship in question...Commission Date: 08/15/1998

35 posted on 08/23/2014 5:22:54 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: GATOR NAVY
shudda gone to 67 Shop in Yokosuka...and yes, it is sorta dumb to refinish a flight deck during tsuyu (the June rainy season in Japan)
36 posted on 08/23/2014 5:28:31 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: sport

You don’t know what I’m complaining about? Are you serious?
I’m complaining about the loss of the constitutional republic. I’m complaining because my grandchildren probably won’t live in a free country. I’m complaining about the loss of the Fourth Estate, without which the people can’t hear the truth and make intelligent decisions.
Is that enough?


37 posted on 08/23/2014 5:40:19 PM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: little jeremiah
Added to that the fact that McInsane stopped trying to win in July for some reason. He gave up at that point for some reason.

I recall he suspended his campaign to vote "yea" for printing more money. "To "save" the economy, don'cha know. Then he picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Once his poll numbers went up past Obama's, he put a muzzle on her. Finally, he told a senior citizen that didn't like Obama that she needn't worry. That Obama was a good man and that she could trust him. (Wonderful, John. You even made stump speeches endorsing Obama at your own rally!)

Deep down, I think McCain enjoys being an unaccountable Senator. For any reason that occurs to him, he can point the finger of blame at 99 of his peers and anyone else he doesn't care for and no will notice. All that power and no responsibility? And you can keep the gig for six years at a stretch, term after term?

Even the President doesn't have it that easy and he finally figured it out!

38 posted on 08/23/2014 5:42:19 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: GATOR NAVY

First ship my husband ever served on and she had a wooden deck back then...1950.


39 posted on 08/23/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: cherokee1

From him being that author of Poor Richard’s Almanac?


40 posted on 08/23/2014 5:47:58 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: GeronL

It cost $2,000,000 when Obama left his Vacation to attend a Bachelor Party in D.C.

Obama Vacations from his Vacations. That’s a new one.


41 posted on 08/23/2014 5:53:17 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Things can always be worse and the Democrat Party is here to prove it.)
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To: Kickass Conservative
The bachelor party for the former WH chef, the one who's marrying his boyfriend, the one the press didn't cover, that bachelor party???

(Musta really sucked to be a Chippendale's guy that night!)

42 posted on 08/23/2014 5:57:17 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: GATOR NAVY

I assume the Japanese Workers who screwed this up will be committing mass Suicide due to the shame they have brought upon Themselves, their Families, their Employer and their Nation.


43 posted on 08/23/2014 5:57:32 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Things can always be worse and the Democrat Party is here to prove it.)
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To: null and void

The guy who had the Bachelor Party isn’t Gay.

It’s actually worse, he is Marrying a Gal that works for MSNBC.


44 posted on 08/23/2014 5:59:07 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Things can always be worse and the Democrat Party is here to prove it.)
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To: Professional Engineer

The flight deck wears from normal use and weather just like a road surface. All flight decks get resurfaced on a regular schedule and is typically contracted at the ships local port. Out of schedule resurfacings occur when abnormal damage (accidents, etc) occur. In this case it will likely be bad mix, improper prep, or contamination. Given it was surface flaking it is likely mix or contamination - sumitomo will do again at no charge and lose some smaller ship work to Yoko and other ports for a short time.


45 posted on 08/23/2014 6:04:22 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Thanks for the prompt correction. I was misinformed.


46 posted on 08/23/2014 6:05:34 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: aumrl

“Definitely his fault we had NO deployed carriers in the pacific when the Chinese buzzed the P8.”

I refuse to consider Red China a threat while freighters full of their lead-painted junk are offloading here; this is nonsense. We continue to strengthen them evey minute with trade; seems silly to pretend we’re enemies at this point. Our enemies are internal, the paid pawns of Red China’s leadership (starting with the communist president in the White House).


47 posted on 08/23/2014 6:09:49 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: GATOR NAVY

That, and plus, I bet it was a rush job, with the limited number of ships now available for duty. Clear indication of the Navy’s deterioration in readiness.


48 posted on 08/23/2014 6:13:25 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: GATOR NAVY

That would have been USS Bonhomme Richard (CV-31),

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

We used to ‘call’ her “Bonnie Dick”, the USS Kearsarge (CVS33) was the “Queer Barge”
That was before the word Gay means what it means today

There was a DD named Brinkley Bass (DD887) and one night someone painted over the two B’s...

Of course the ‘other’ name was supposedly reserved for use by the crew members and they could very quickly turn into ‘fighting words’...


49 posted on 08/23/2014 6:14:12 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)a GUN is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one-probably never need one again.)
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To: cherokee1

Usually the Japanese shipyards do a pretty good job with the repairs they do. I sailed in Independence back in the late nineties and they kept that old boat running. We did have a non-skid issue on our last cruise but that was because we were given a 4 day notice to get underway for what turned out to be a 5 month deployment.


50 posted on 08/23/2014 6:17:42 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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