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Old 10-31-2013, 01:22 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, 03:25 PM   #31
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brother retired from the navy in 2004 after 26 years...been working for dod ever since. doing pretty good.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:27 PM   #32
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Holy crap! Of course it was probably about the same to turn that down as it was $8,000 in 73.
1973:

The average house cost $32,500
Equivalent today: $159,980

The average car cost $3,650
Equivalent today: $17,967

The average wage was $7,580
Equivalent today: $37,312


2000:

The average house cost $169,000
Equivalent today: $214,737

The average car cost $23,000
Equivalent today: $29,225

The average wage was $32,155
Equivalent today: $40,857






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Old 10-31-2013, 03:30 PM   #33
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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.

Why no link to the hard-working authors that bring you news?
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:36 PM   #34
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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.
You "Sea Sailors" had it bad and I don't blame you.

I had already made AE-6, and just had to extend a year to sew it on. I was guaranteed 6 more years of teaching Search and Rescue (SAR) school down in Pensacola as they had moved the school down there from Quonset Pt.

It was some great duty, usually played tennis for a couple hours during the day, the rest of the time at the pool or teaching classroom.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:36 PM   #35
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Why no link to the hard-working authors that bring you news?
George Takei put the story on his FB feed and I copy/pasted it from there. I can go dig up the link if you'd like. It was from Yahoo News.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:38 PM   #36
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George Takei put the story on his FB feed and I copy/pasted it from there. I can go dig up the link if you'd like. It was from Yahoo News.
Meh... just hate when journalists don't get even a chance at receiving some web traffic for the work they do.
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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.
I'm interested in why a carrier is suck duty, how is life aboard one different from other ships?
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:42 PM   #38
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I'm interested in why a carrier is suck duty, how is life aboard one different from other ships?
He was a "blackshoe" and not an "airdale."

Oops, I think he was a Yeoman, so I am not sure.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:44 PM   #40
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You "Sea Sailors" had it bad and I don't blame you.

I had already made AE-6, and just had to extend a year to sew it on. I was guaranteed 6 more years of teaching Search and Rescue (SAR) school down in Pensacola as they had moved the school down there from Quonset Pt.

It was some great duty, usually played tennis for a couple hours during the day, the rest of the time at the pool or teaching classroom.
I was on a supply ship my first time around. Not bad duty, unless you're in the supply department. Then it's hell on earth. But the good thing about being on a supply ship is when you run out of shit to give everybody else, you have to go back to port to pick up more shit, so half the time were were deployed we were in port somewhere.

And after getting used to that, I had no desire to be assigned to a ship that might deploy for 10 months or longer, could only dock in two or three ports in the med anyway due to its size, and otherwise stand in line with several thousand guys waiting to take liberty boats ashore. **** that. I guess I could have just gotten myself stationed at a base overseas, but I didn't want to live out of the country for that long, either. And I had just had enough, too.

But that pension and free health care forever would be sweet.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:54 PM   #41
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He was a "blackshoe" and not an "airdale."

Oops, I think he was a Yeoman, so I am not sure.
My Navy lingo is poor, that went over my head.

Having watched most episodes of "Carrier" though, it does look like pretty tough duty on one, they keep those mfers moving steady and are reeeal douchebags about what people wear while on shore leave.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:57 PM   #42
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I'm interested in why a carrier is suck duty, how is life aboard one different from other ships?
See post 40.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:58 PM   #43
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He was a "blackshoe" and not an "airdale."

Oops, I think he was a Yeoman, so I am not sure.
I was a Legalman when I got out. Small community, the only sea billets were on carriers.
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See post 40.
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