Supersonic: The S Is for Super

Don’t worry Sandy Eggo-ians, that boom you heard yesterday was a pair of F-18s going supersonic over the USS Carl Vinson. Thank God, PBS is on the case:

The rumblings that rattled some San Diegans were likely caused by aircraft that went supersonic about 35 miles off the coast during a flight demonstration for the USS Carl Vinson family day cruise, Navy officials said.

There was quite a bit of concern when it happened. The usual calls of “mysterious rumblings” were made to police. . .

An Aircraft Carrier’s Blog: The Talon

The USS Carl Vinson has its very own blog! Just reading the couple pages that I did, I assure you that the Sailors will make you proud to call them our own. The PAO-ish particulars:

Follow this blog for the stories of Sailors aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 throughout their 2011-2012 West-Pac deployment. The identities of the bloggers whose products appear here and on any other Carl Vinson social media properties are known to the Public Affairs Officer and chain of command. They were selected out of a group of interested Sailors for their writing ability and at the recommendations of their immediate chains of command.

Crazy occurance: I am pawing my way through the Talon and I came across a Sailor I knew when I was a 2nd Class Petty Officer. He’s done well for himself, I am happy to report. Honestly, I remember him as thin and now he looks, um, well-fed. Go Navy chow!

The USS San Diego Comes Home

What is the opposite of the prodigal son? The son who spent his money wisely*? Who worked appropriately? Perhaps that describes the homeward bound USS San Diego:

The newest amphibious transport ship and its crew is expected Friday in its namesake city and new homeport, the Navy announced.

The San Diego, officially a precommissioning unit and the sixth ship in the LPD-17 San Antonio-class, will pull into its berth at Naval Base San Diego, a month ahead of its scheduled commissioning.

The San Diego, delivered to the Navy on Dec. 19, left the Huntington Ingalls Shipyard on March 15 and stopped at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia. The ship crossed the Panama Canal on March 25 en route to California.

The amphibious transport dock ship San Diego visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during her maiden voyage in transit to her future homeport.

Speaking of Gitmo, the Navy has designated the next Commander:

The Navy has chosen a Key West-based admiral, a helicopter pilot who ran Hurricane Katrina air relief operations, to take over as the next commander of the detention center at Guantánamo.

Navy Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., 54, said in an interview Friday that he has visited the base once, on a routine tour with other one-star officers last year. It was before he learned Guantánamo was the next assignment of his 30-year Navy career.

He was in charge of military air operations after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And he’s also flown Sea King helicopters off the aircraft carriers USS Saratoga, Kitty Hawk and Carl Vinson, although he’s been mostly in command in recent years.

“I fly a desk,” he said dryly.

RGR that, Admiral. I have thousands of flight hours at my current desk right now. As Han Solo said to Luke Skywalker about the Millennium Falcon: “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”

* Yes, I am mangling the parable. But I didn’t want to get into theology. Just the Navy.