More Kitty Hawk discussion

Over the past year or so, I have run a series of articles on the fate of the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, a 1956-vintage American carrier retired last year. Information Dissemination recently linked to an interesting conversation between Manu Sood and Jason Verdugo in Defence Professionals here. I cannot vouch for this proposal, but I do find it interesting to see how some people are thinking as they fathom a response to China’s naval buildup, especially given the fact that the United States Navy is clearly not funded in a way to retain its current lead during this challenge.

China consistently provides the most intriguing diplomatic and military challenges in current world affairs – I am fascinated to see how our relationship with China evolves over time. So many parallels between the inability of the Western-mind to divine Soviet intentions and our current confusion over China’s aspirations and ambitions. Where is today’s George Kennan and his long telegram when you need him?

My thanks to ID for the tip; I find that blog to be consistently among my favorite three sources. The copy editor in me does wish they did not seem to use unedited voice recognition transcripts for their articles, but I like them enough to copy edit pro bono. It is a fascinating read.

U.S.S. Kitty Hawk Decommissioned

I have run several articles in the past covering the fate of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (most recently here). With this in mind, I note this post on the U.S. Naval Institute blog, which indicates the decommissioning has now taken place.

I will not attempt to summarize this ship’s forty-eight year record of service, but clearly the country owes her, and the many men and women who have served aboard her, our heartfelt gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

It will be very interesting to see if this ship finds a secure rest home, perhaps in North Carolina, or if she is broken up, sold to India, or destroyed in tests like the U.S.S. America (a name to be carried on via LHA-6).

I look forward to when another ship will bear the name Kitty Hawk, although in an era of carriers named after presidents, Navy secretaries, and legislators, I hate to think what sort of hull will be assigned this honor.

The Unwanted Carrier

kh-12-1983-sat-image-of-nikolaev-shipyardA few weeks ago, I suggested you check out Information Dissemination for an update on India’s troubled acquisition of the Russian carrier Admiral Gorshkov (a topic covered previously here). Good ol’ ID has a new post with further details and speculation, and if this is of interest to you, I encourage you to head over and read it.

It seems Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will soon be traveling to India and there is some speculation that this is the fish-or-cut-bait decision time for India whether or not to proceed with this deal.

For the full gouge, head on over to ID, truly one of my favorite reads on the web.

Update on India’s acquisition of Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov

As a follow up to an old post of mine (here), I encourage you to head over to Information Dissemination for a detailed status review of the much-delayed Gorshkov deal between India and Russia.

U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

Will the Kitty Hawk ever see service in the Indian Navy? Unlikely, I’d guess, but still a fascinating topic of speculation.

A sight one doesn’t see all that often in the media today

Georgians celebrate the arrival of the U.S. Navy

Originally uploaded by simminch.

Official Navy caption of an official Navy photograph:

BATUMI, Georgia (Aug. 24, 2008) Georgian citizens greet Sailors and media representatives when they return from a visit aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) in Batumi. McFaul delivered more than 80 tons of needed humanitarian assistance supplies to the people of Georgia. At the request of the government of Georgia, the United States is working hand in hand with Georgian leadership to assess the needs of its citizens following the conflict between Georgian and Russian forces. The humanitarian assistance efforts are being coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and USAID with assistance, as required, being provided by the Department of Defense. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. John Gay/Released)

Many more images from the mission are found in the Flickr set here. Hat tip to Information Dissemination, which ran this a week ago, but I am still digging out from being away at the beach).

LHA-6 to be named America

In today’s news, a follow up the a post that dates to January 2007 (Politics Ruins Everything):

Newest amphibious assault ship will be named America
By Cindy Clayton, The Virginian-Pilot

The Navy’s newest large deck amphibious assault ship will be called the America, according to Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter who made the announcement in Jacksonville, Fla.

While I am sad that the name will not be applied to a CVN, this is far better than nothing. Still, I take heart that my harumphing about ship names in the post I link to above finds some good company. Information Dissemination notes the twelve names for carriers they prefer: Constellation, Enterprise, Essex, Hornet, Intrepid, Kitty Hawk, Midway, Oriskany, Ranger, Saratoga, Wasp, and Yorktown. The only addition I have for that list is Lexington.

Friday pictures: Vought Corsairs

Recently, the Friday pictures have been low-level shots of Starfighters, North American beauties, and even a few Jaguars. Today, I returned to the land of airplane soulfood and chose two shots of the first airplane I adored – the Vought F4U Corsair. Yes, I watched a lot of Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine, the plane used a large 13’ 4” propeller to handle all of the horsepower and a gull wing was added to help it stand higher and keep the prop clear of the ground. As a kid, I did not know that – all I knew is that it looked great. Here it is in all its glory.

By White Shadow Photog.

By Mitchel25J

If you like this, I encourage you to check out this summary of all of the aviation photography I have featured here.