USS Lady Gulf and USS Lake Champagne

USS Lady Gulf (CG-55)

USS Lady Gulf, CG-55

Naval types, if you are going to brief Navy ships, you absolutely (absolutely) must pronounce the boat name properly. For example the USS Hue City is not pronounced Huey City. The vessel is not some mecca for helicopters. Please call it the USS Way City. Everyone will understand you this way.

Next, the USS Roosevelt. Do not call it the Ruse-a-velt. She is not some tricky ship, ready to pull a practical joke on us all. In the same vein, the USS Leyte Gulf is not known as the Lady Gulf. The latter sounds like some Mark Kay Cosmetics license plate on a pink Cadillac down in Luh-weeeze-eeee-aa-na. Puh-leeze, don’t do it. Also, no need to lose sleep over your gaffe, many Americans have stepped in the feminine name-droppings too.

USS Lake Champagne (CG-57)

USS Lake Champagne, CG-57

And the USS Lake Champlain, a mighty Navy cruiser, should never be referred to as the USS Lake Champagne. When you brief that, ears around the briefing room will perk up, if only for a second. Before they realize that bubbly is still forbidden on dry Navy ships. Yes, somewhere Don Ho is crying. But so are the people in the briefing room. Or they may be laughing at you. I know I chortled the first ten times I heard Lady Gulf. Now, I just groan.

6 thoughts on “USS Lady Gulf and USS Lake Champagne

  1. No problem with “Hue.” Made a lasting impression on me last time I was there. How do you prounounce Port “Hueneme,” west Coast home of the SeaBees?

  2. Why can’t the foreigners spell the name the way it is said? Hue is like Hugh O’Brien. Way means the direction you should head. So confusing to people who never watch the news or the history channel or talked to the men who were there. And when some people write about their bowel movements you don’t see people commenting, ‘That is Hue to much information.” The English language can be confusing to us intelligence challenged people.

  3. Struan: You are the second vet to say that about Hue. (Thanks for serivce, btw.) As for the Sea Bee base, I’ve heard it pronounced “Why-neee-me.” It is a nice place out in Oxnard. I was there about three months ago.
    CP: Haha! Good one. Do you know the Hue to San Jose?

  4. But the FFG-55 will always be “El-Rod”. (We used to say it was Spanish for The Shaft) A great ship… Home of the Rod and Gun Club!

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