Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"USS Cold Blooded Killers" (LPD 26)

USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26), will be the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy. It will be named in honor of Congressman John Murtha (1932–2010) of Pennsylvania.
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who by tradition actually gets to pick naval ship names, picked John P. Murtha last spring. But Mabus' decision has met steady opposition from many former sailors and Marines. They believe naming a vessel for Murtha rewards a lawmaker who both called for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq in late 2005, and who has been implicated in bribery and pork-barrel politics. ...A spokesman for LAWYER Mabus says the Navy secretary has no plans to reverse course.
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Sailors and Marines are coming up with their own names for the Murtha. Right now, USS Cold Blooded Killers seems to be their top choice.
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On Friday, a former Murtha aide-turned-lobbyist was sentenced to 27 months in prison for evading limits on campaign donations; Murtha also was an "unindicted co-conspirator" in 1980's FBI-run Abscam sting.
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And that isn't the worst of it, according to sailors and Marines: putting Murtha's name on an amphibious warship designed to carry 700 Marines is outrageous, they maintain, given Murtha's 2006 charge that Marines in the Iraqi city of Haditha "killed innocent civilians in cold blood." (One of the eight Marines charged in the case still faces trial; six have had their charges dismissed and one was acquitted.) "Name a ship after a congressman who disgraced himself by rushing to judge that fellow Marines had committed murder in Iraq?" Thomas Wilkerson, a retired Marine major general who now heads the non-profit U.S. Naval Institute, which advocates for the military's maritime services, said Sunday. "Can you be serious?"
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The Congressional Research Service, which advises lawmakers on the darker corners of U.S. government operations, recently took note of the confusion. "Some observers in recent years have perceived a breakdown in, or corruption of, the rules for naming Navy ships," it said. "For example, the three-ship Seawolf (SSN-21) class of attack submarines—Seawolf (SSN-21), Connecticut (SSN-22), and Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) —were named for a fish, a state, and a president, respectively, reflecting no apparent rule."
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Submarines are always silent and strange.

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5 Comments:

At 11 January, 2011 10:15, Blogger Cookie..... said...

Being a retired Homicide Detective Sergeant, and an old Navy Seabee (and Submariner)the word "Asshole" was used a lot to describe... well...Assholes! I guess my suggestion would be the USS Asshole!

 
At 11 January, 2011 15:34, Blogger Vigilis said...

Cookie, imagine piping the CO on board with that: "_$$HOLE ARRIVING!" I'd feel sorry for the poor captain. LOL

 
At 11 January, 2011 17:35, Blogger Cookie..... said...

ROTFLMAO I can hear the chow hall trays being dropped right now!!

 
At 19 January, 2011 09:46, Blogger Gyrene242 said...

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who knife their compatriots in the back for their own aggrandizement. Be assured "Cold Blooded Killers" (LPD 26) will carry no water to hell. The shame of this rests with a sad sack sailor named Mabus, not with those who serve on her decks. (MGySgt., Ret., USMC)

 
At 19 January, 2011 17:37, Blogger Vigilis said...

Gyrene 242, thanks for your input.

 

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