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Jul 24 2004

USS Ronald Reagan - Peace Through Strength


The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) arrived at its homeport in San Diego Bay for the first time Friday, July 23, 2004. The ninth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is the most modern and sophisticated carrier in the world, 1,092 feet long, towering 20 stories above the waterline, home to 6,000 sailors, carrying more than 80 aircraft, with a 4.5 acre flight deck and a cruising speed in excess of 30 knots (34.5 mph). (Detailed cutaway diagram.)


The next and last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier will be the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). After that, a new carrier class will start (CVNX-1). I wonder who it will be named after?


To me it's mind-boggling. In one self-contained vessel, you have a full self-contained small city, a cruise liner, a military base, an airport, and a nuclear power plant.


In the fall of 2002, I had the good fortune of visiting Newport News, Virginia, where I took found some photos of the USS Ronald Reagan under construction. For those who haven't been to Newport News, it is nothing like Norfolk. It is not a tourist destination and you are most certainly not allowed to wander around and photograph naval ships under construction, especially just a year after 9/11. But it was the freaking USS Ronald Reagan, so what could I do? The photos are poor but the experience was awesome.

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  1. #1
    Stentor said on July 24, 2004 | Reply

    Well, if they follow strictly to past form, it should be the USS William Jefferson Clinton. Wouldn't that be great?

  2. #2
    Don said on July 24, 2004 | Reply

    I can't imagine that someone who once wrote that he "loathed the military" could ever have such an incredible symbol of the United States armed forces named after him.

    But, then again, I never thought such a person who pranced around the oval office with his pants around his ankles could ever be elected, or re-elected to the oval office.

  3. #3
    Stentor said on July 24, 2004 | Reply

    So prancing around an aircraft carrier is better than (when you've sent over 900 men to their deaths for non-existent weapons of mass destruction) getting a hummer in the Oval Office? Especially when there were questions about Bush's military service? Get real Don, presidents, of both parties, were probably engaging in sexual hi-jinks in that office long before you were born. The only difference with Clinton is that you know about it.

    I give Clinton more points for clearly stating his point of view and avoiding military service, than someone who only pretends to love military service, and then does his best to get out of it by getting his father to pull strings for him.

    You were flat-out asking for that one. If my recollection of the succession of presidents is correct, didn't Clinton come into office after George H. W. Bush? Who came into office after Ronald W. Reagan? So if the order of carriers continues, then the next one should be named after Clinton.

  4. #4
    Don said on July 25, 2004 | Reply

    "[T]]he next one should be named after Clinton." Apparently, we have different definitions of "should," which isn't surprising when discussing a president who questioned the definition of "is." Maybe the rule can be modified to skip presidents who were impeached.

    Since you can't defend Clinton, you can only attempt to justify his behavior by saying, "presidents, of both parties, were probably engaging in sexual hi-jinks." Sad. But, if you want to go there, the only presidents I�m aware of who suffered from such serious moral failings were Clinton and Kennedy. I know of no such allegations against either Bush, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Eisenhower, Truman or Roosevelt. Admittedly, prior to Kennedy, my historical knowledge drops off. Ronald Reagan so respected the oval office that he refused to remove his coat while there. What a contrast to Clinton.

    As to the use of the military, the propriety of the Iraq war is another topic, suffice it to say that maybe if Clinton had used the military properly, instead of as a distraction to his sexual escapades, we might not have lost 3,000 lives on 9/11, perhaps not, but we�ll never know.

    As to Clinton getting points, he would if he proudly maintained and defended his position that he loathed the military, but he denied and hid from it so the judges award no points.

  5. #5
    Stentor said on July 25, 2004 | Reply

    Meanwhile President Ronald Reagan violated the Boland Amendment not once, but twice. And probably while he had his jacket on. It's amazing to me people who will obsess about someone's private behavior, while giving someone a total pass on their more egregious public policy decisions, or the fact that they attempted to subvert another branch of government.

    I don't have to defend anything about Clinton's behavior because it was none of our business. Not yours, not mine. The only reason it was dragged out into the daylight of public scrutiny was because of a former Bush Administration official (Linda Tripp) had a grudge against Clinton. Believe what you want Don, but I didn't grow up very far from where you live now, and I don't believe in hounding public officials about their private sexual behavior. Unless they make it a campaign issue, then they're fair game because of the hypocrisy potential.

    And as to the issue of impeach, which definition are you referring to?

    Main Entry: 1im�peach
    Pronunciation: im-'pEch
    Function: transitive verb
    Etymology: Middle English empechen, from Middle French empeechier to hinder, from Late Latin impedicare to fetter, from Latin in- + pedica fetter, from ped-, pes foot -- more at FOOT
    Date: 14th century
    1 a : to bring an accusation against b : to charge with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically : to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office
    2 : to cast doubt on; especially : to challenge the credibility or validity of
    3 : to remove from office especially for misconduct
    - im�peach�able /-'pE-ch&-b&l/ adjective
    - im�peach�ment /-'pEch-m&nt/ noun

    If that's the case, should there ever be a United States Ship named after Richard Nixon? Or Andrew Jackson?

  6. #6
    Don said on July 26, 2004 | Reply

    We differ on whether the behavior of our highest elected official while in office, the role model for an entire nation, is any of the public's business.

    As to impeachment, when discussing the events surrounding President Clinton, there is only one proper definition of "impeachment." On December 19, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the United States House of Representatives. He was subsequently not convicted of those charges by the United States Senate.

    United States Constitution:

    Article I, Section 2, Clause 5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

    Article I, Section 3, Clause 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.

    See also the appropriate use of the term "impeachment" by the not so conservative CNN and NPR both of which state that President Clinton was "impeached":



  7. #7
    Don said on July 28, 2004 | Reply

    Just FYI, the following are the ten Nimitz class carriers:

    USS Nimitz (CVN 68), San Diego, Calif.
    USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Newport News, Va.
    USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Bremerton, Wash.
    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Norfolk, Va.
    USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Everett, Wash.
    USS George Washington (CVN 73), Norfolk, Va.
    USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), San Diego, Calif.
    USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Norfolk, Va.
    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), San Diego, Calif.
    George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (keel laying 6 Sept 2003)

    The USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is the third and last of the Seawolf class submarines and was christened June 5, 2004, by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. President Carter was a nuclear submariner before going into politics and so naming a submarine after him is most appropriate.

    As to President Clinton, I don't know what the current rule is for naming new aircraft carriers, however, given the history of names listed above and the fact that President Carter was honored with a non-carrier vessel which was more appropriate for him, I wouldn't bet the farm on the carrier after Bush 41 being the USS Clinton.

  8. #8
    Tony said on June 1, 2005 | Reply

    Give Clinton a carrier!!!

  9. #9
    Don said on June 4, 2005 | Reply

    Only if Clinton promises that he and his "wife" will do as Randy Newman and Dennis DeYoung of Styx wrote and...Sail Away...for ever. Actually, I'd need something more than his promise since that isn't worth anything. But you get the idea.

  10. #10
    Gary Luke Rayfield said on November 8, 2006 | Reply

    I noticed all the USS Ronald Reagan stuff on your sight. I wanted to say thanks and I am sure everyone that still serves onboard would say thanks and we love it when people recognize the beauty and power of our navy. I just recently left the USS Ronald Reagan and if you would like a ball cap or something from the ship just email me and I would be more than happy to help you out.

    EM1(SW/AW)Gary Luke Rayfield

  11. #11
    Don said on November 8, 2006 | Reply

    My email reply to Gary:

    That is an incredibly generous offer. However, I have to admit that despite being a huge Reagan fan and proud supporter of the finest military ever, I'd feel strange wearing a USS Reagan cap. Not that I wouldn't want to, but I somehow feel it is a privilege reserved for those who have served, which I have not. It is only out of respect for those like yourself that put your lives on the line so I and my family can sleep peaceably at night that I must decline your offer.

    For what it's worth, I'm in my office where I have my Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation calendar, a picture of Reagan in his cowboy hat, CVN76 Beanie Baby called Ronnie and an autographed picture of myself shaking hands with President Reagan.

    Thank you for your service to our country. You truly served aboard the finest, more powerful and amazing ship every to hit the ocean waves.

    All the best,


  12. #12
    John Wouldridge said on August 4, 2008 | Reply

    Why not name the next carrier the USS DOUGLAS MACARTHUR

  13. #13
    ALPHONSE J LARIVEE said on August 21, 2008 | Reply


  14. #14
    Ronald Reagan said on June 4, 2011 | Reply

    Our nation needs a president like Ronald Reagan in the White House today.

  15. #15
    John Wouldridge replied to John Wouldridge on March 1, 2013 | Reply

    All past United States Presidents do not have a United States Naval vessel named after them, nor is it a requirement for them to be in any type of order. The USS Nimitz CVN-68, USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, and the John C. Stennis CVN-74 were not named after United States Presidents. How about naming a carrier - USS Douglas MacArthur?

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