Thursday, May 24, 2007

The USS Sweet Potato (SSN-780)?

The USS Idaho (BB-24), a Mississippi-class battleship, missed sailing with the Great White Fleet, saw little action during World War I, was sold to Greece and sunk by German aircraft early in World War II. The USS Idaho (BB-42), a New Mexico-class battleship, saw major action in many Pacific bombardments during World War II.

For more on ships Christened Idaho, see Wikipedia and DANFS (The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships).

Our friend Bubblehead is rooting for a submarine to be named Idaho (SSN-780).

Bubblehead has made it fairly well-known that he would not be adverse to females assigned to submarine duty. If his wishes come true together, the USS Idaho would be the first all-female submarine. In that case, she may be known fleetwide as the Sweet Potato.

Still, like her WWII namesake, the sub Idaho might be a thoroughly formidable vessel of firepower. Then, she might be called the Hot Potato.

If females are not assigned to the sub Idaho, however, she may just be referred to as the Spud. And, as a wag has commented previously to Bubblehead, her CO would likely be called Mr. Potatohead.

Rumor has it that the submarine Idaho will not be Virginia class at all (see photo). Her armament will include the new Nematode Torpedo. Additionally, the Idaho would have no photonic masts, but will sprout various eyes, as needed.



At 26 May, 2007 02:24, Blogger bothenook said...

so would her tubes be called spud guns?

At 26 May, 2007 12:59, Blogger Vigilis said...


At 26 May, 2007 22:44, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

and old submariners would be called starchy "Tubers" and respond "aye aye".

At 29 May, 2007 13:09, Blogger Vigilis said...

Yes, Lubber, that seems highly appropriate. VIPs would also receive snack chips as souvenirs.

At 29 May, 2007 14:27, Blogger Old Gary said...

Keep your day job, Vigilis, I would not recommend a switch to graphic artist yet.


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