Sunday, June 06, 2004
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", 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.
"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."