Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Moon Sets Behind Aircraft Carrier

In the above U.S. Navy photo the brightest moon in almost 60 years sets behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on November 14, 2016 in Coronado, California.

The photo was taken by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt.

Note: You can click on the photo to enlarge.


  1. I wonder if the crewmembers know why the carrier is named after T. Roosevelt? I recall that no one bothered to include any Kitty Hawk and Wright Brothers information in my orientation to CV-63. It seemed like a huge educational opportunity to overlook.

    However, more recent ship naming has been -- well, to be polite -- interesting.

  2. RT,

    I'm sure there are photos of Teddy Roosevelt on the ship and it might mention that Roosevelt was an assistant secretary of the Navy, his involvement in the "Great White Fleet" and other connections to the U.S. Navy.

    The carrier may have a website and I'd be curious to see if the past president and his Navy connections are noted.

    I recommend Edmund Morris' trilogy bio of Roosevelt to people who want to know more about the man.

    As for the Kitty Hawk, where I served in 1970-1971, the ship's logo had a drawing of the Wright brothers' plane in it, and the ship's handbook noted the connection to Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers took their first flight.

    Lastly, regarding your comment about the recent naming of ships, I'm not as polite as you. I was offended, as many other Navy vets and active duty sailors were, by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' naming ships after political and homosexual activists.

    Hopefully, Trump's new Secretary of the Navy will go back to naming ships after war heroes, and perhaps even rename the offending ships' names.


  3. Yes, regarding the ship's logo, but I am certain the majority of the crew were clueless.

    Well, I don't think Trump can change names already decided upon, but I do hope he calls a halt to the ship naming and a lot of other nonsense throughout the services.

  4. RT,

    I believe Trump can rename ships (with the Congress).

    And yes, I too would like to see the military return as a force for security and war-fighting, and not a place for forced social experimentation.