Sunday, June 06, 2004

Ship of fools 

As the world mourns the death of Ronald Reagan, in other former Presidents news, the US Navy has officially christened its newest submarine USS "Jimmy Carter":

"Carter, the only submariner to rise to the rank of chief executive, said at a news conference Friday that he was greatly honored by the Navy's decision to name a submarine after him and feels that submarines will continue to play a vital role in the nation's defense in the 21st century.

"The USS Jimmy Carter, the third and final Seawolf-class attack submarine, was built at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton and moved outdoors for the first time on May 10. As long as one-and-a-half football fields and as tall as a four-story building, the sub has a 100-foot hull extension so that it can handle larger payloads."
The USS "Jimmy Carter", also to be known as an U-Turn-Boat, is equipped with reverse gear, four state-of-the-art torpedo bays pointing in the wrong direction, and an energy saving permanent down periscope. The submarine will be widely used to assist in hostage-rescue situations.


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