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Old 10-31-2013, 12:22 PM  
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Captain Kirk To Command New Navy Destroyer

The commander of the U.S. Navy's sleek new guided-missile destroyer, which launched late last week in Maine, has a name to match its space-age look: Captain Kirk.

Captain James Kirk, the prospective commanding officer of USS Zumwalt, will lead the 610-foot vessel, the Navy's largest destroyer and first of three new Zumwalt-class ships "designed for littoral operations and land attack," the Navy said.

Kirk, a native of Bethesda, Md., was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 and has served in a variety posts as a "surface warfare officer," according to his online bio. "Ashore, Captain Kirk has served as Executive Assistant to the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs and as an Action Officer on the Joint Staff."

Kirk obtained a master's degrees in national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College and U.S. Army War College, where he undoubtedly heard more than his share of "Star Trek" jokes.

The ship, which was moved from dry dock in Bath, Maine, to a pier on the Kennebec River on Friday, is loaded with new technologies, including "radar reflecting angles, a striking inward-sloping tumblehome hull" and advanced gun system.

The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., who served as chief of naval operations from 1970 to 1974.

According to the Navy, construction on the first Zumwalt is "more than 87 percent complete," with remaining work on the hull scheduled to be completed before delivery in late 2014.

So who will serve as Capt. Kirk's "Spock" on the Zumwalt? According to the Navy, it's Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Hickox, who was named prospective executive officer of the ship.

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Old 10-31-2013, 01:30 PM   #16
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That's a badass looking ship. Bigger than it looks, too. 600' long.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:50 PM   #18
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Admiral Zumwalt was very popular and let us grow mustaches and our hair longer. He relaxed a lot of rules so we didn't stand out so much to the civilians that hated us at the time. Glad to see this class of ships named after him.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:52 PM   #19
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Admiral Zumwalt was very popular and let us grow mustaches and our hair longer. He relaxed a lot rules so we didn't stand out so much to the civilians that hated us at the time. Glad to see this class of ships named after him.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:55 PM   #20
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Admiral Zumwalt was very popular and let us grow mustaches and our hair longer. He relaxed a lot rules so we didn't stand out so much to the civilians that hated us at the time. Glad to see this class of ships named after him.
I remember when I was in, all the old farts spoke fondly of him.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:58 PM   #21
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I remember when I was in, all the old farts spoke fondly of him.
I bet they were old by the time you got in.

He became well known in a hurry with all of the freedoms he gave us. Most sailors couldn't name another Admiral, but EVERYONE knew who Zumwalt was. He allowed us to wear dungarees off base, a severe no-no before he changed it.
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I bet they were old by the time you got in.

He became well known in a hurry with all of the freedoms he gave us. Most sailors couldn't name another Admiral, but EVERYONE knew who Zumwalt was. He allowed us to wear dungarees off base, a severe no-no before he changed it.
I was in in the mid-late 80s. Especially when I first got in, most of the chiefs and older officers had been in during the height of Vietnam.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:11 PM   #24
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I was in in the mid-late 80s. Especially when I first got in, most of the chiefs and older officers had been in during the height of Vietnam.
I could have retired with 20 by then boot! Well almost(68-73) He was literally the best thing to happen to the Navy, ever, IMO. At that time it was, "Sailors and Dogs Keep off of the grass!"
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I could have retired with 20 by then boot! He was literally the best thing to happen to the Navy, ever, IMO. At that time it was, "Sailors and Dogs Keep off of the grass!"
I could have retired with 20 in 2004, and I deeply regret not doing so now.
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yeah, I'd be 3 years away from retiring if I stayed in. Sometimes I wish I would've, but man.....I was SO ready to get out after 4.

though my sea/shore rotation for my job was 4 at sea, 6 on shore.
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I hear ya Tim, it would sure be nice now!

Yeah, I could have done it in 88 myself, as I had already put in 5. But at the time, it was so unpopular that I wanted nothing more to do with it.

Heck, they were offering almost a years pay as a bonus to re-enlist, instead I got out with a young family and got a job for $3.26 an hour at Beechcraft.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:19 PM   #29
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I think my re-enlistment bonus back in 2000 was $36k.
Holy crap! Of course it was probably about the same to turn that down as it was $8,000 in 73.
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I hear ya Tim, it would sure be nice now!

Yeah, I could have done it in 88 myself, as I had already put in 5. But at the time, it was so unpopular that I wanted nothing more to do with it.

Heck, they were offering almost a years pay as a bonus to re-enlist, instead I got out with a young family and got a job for $3.26 an hour at Beechcraft.
If I could have gone to a normal ship, I might have considered it - I was six months from going up for E-6 when I got out. But I was due to go back to sea, and for my rating that meant a carrier, and I had no desire whatsoever to be on a ****ing carrier for three years.
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