Navy Battleships

It only makes sense, with the Rihanna movie Battleship coming out, that this question would pop at Yahoo Answers. Why are there no more Battleships in the US Navy?

Why don’t the US NAVY use battleships any more?

Battle ships are big monster with amazing fire power why cant they upgrade it a make it a super battle ship lol or something like that I know air craft carriers a powereful but a battleship would pack one hell of a punch

Some interesting answers, including this one. Of which, I am not entirely sure I understand:

Battleships looks too ghetto

He or she may be referring to the movie. Or not? I’ve never heard of any ship looking too ghetto. Except for the Black Pearl. 

I love how the Army pokes its head into the argument:

You do realize that movie battleship was used with an actual NAVY battleship and crew right? Just saying… I’ve been in the military for 5 years and can tell you they’re definitely around.

Don’t know where you’re getting your info from.

-US Army/SGT

Hmmm, probably not the best source of info on the Navy. Stay with the Army, Sarge.

A Sailor in a Different Navy

Battleship, it is a game. And it’ll soon be a movie. Starring Rihanna, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skaarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Taylor Kitsch. They just released the Italian version of the movie poster. Of course, Rihanna has her sleeves rolled up, Eddie and the Cruisers-style. Like she was some greaser and not a Sailor. Where is she standing in this shot? Is she walking on water? Or is she supposed to be sitting in a Zodiac?

Rihanna plays Petty Officer Raikes alongside Liam Neeson, Alexander Skaarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Taylor Kitsch.

Rihanna Plays Petty Officer Raikes in Battleship

Note to all of our media friends across the pond, Rihanna plays a Petty Officer, not a naval officer, in the upcoming Battleship movie:

Rihanna stars as US Navy officer Raikes in the film, which also stars Liam Neeson, Alexander Skaarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Taylor Kitsch.

Rihanna stars as US Navy Petty Officer Raikes in Battleship

Here is where I should say something smart, like don’t call her an officer, she works for a living. But she doesn’t. Work for a living. So I’ll say this: don’t call her an officer, we work for a living. Nice USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) cover by the way. . .

The Navy, the Marine Corps, and Celebrities

I ran across pictures of two celebrities, the singer Rihanna and the actress Mila Kunis, tonight. The first one, of Rihanna, I had to doctor somewhat. I think you can tell what is behind the blue rectangle. The original can be found here:

Rihanna Flicking Off the Camera During the Filming of Battleship

The second picture is from (yet another) Marine Corps Ball. The actress Mila Kunis and her date, Marine Corps Sergeant Scott Moore:

Mila Kunis, Marine Corps Ball, Sergeant Scott Moore

Okay, so both ladies were born outside the United States. Rihanna moved here from Saint Michael, Barbados, when she was sixteen. And Mila Kunis moved to Los Angeles when she was seven from Chernivtsi in the Ukrainian SSR.

Rihanna is filming Battleship. Just Jared, a pop website, decribed the movie as:

Rihanna and co-star Taylor Kitsch take on the roles of naval officers as they shoot scenes for their new movie, Battleship, in Oahu, Hawaii.

No details have been spilled about Ri’s character but Alexander Skarsgard will play a straight and narrow naval officer while Taylor will be the wildly spirited naval officer who idolizes his brother. Supermodel Brooklyn Decker also stars!

Rihanna in Battleship as a Petty Officer in the US Navy

First things first, Rihanna is not playing a naval officer, she is a Petty Officer. Look at her cover and collar on the left. Probably a Petty Officer Second Class. Or perhaps a Third Class?

Rihanna needs to understand that her role is bigger than herself. Her behavior in flicking off the camera is reprehensible. I particularly liked what my Shipmate here said:

I do have a more specific issue though, Rihanna and her behavior in a U.S. Navy uniform. I’m sure she couldn’t begin to understand the commitment it takes to earn the right to wear that uniform so I’ll give her a pass. As a black female NAVY veteran honorably discharged it’s disrespectful to see someone taking my uniform as a joke or just regular clothing.

Enough with that nonsense. Mila Kunis, star of That ’70s Show and Black Swan (with the kisser, Natalie Portman), and date to Sergeant Moore at his Marine Corps Ball, was nothing but classy at the event. Much like Justin Timberlake was with Corporal Kelsey De Santis. Smart move on both their parts. Free publicity is priceless. A Marine Corporal and a Captain had the following to say:

Mila Kunis and Sergeant Scott Moore, Marine Corps Ball

“A bunch of us are going to go our separate ways and us as a battalion, we’re going to spend this night together and just celebrate Marine Corps birthday under traditions we do for the Marine Corps everyday,” said Corporal William Steffy.

Mila Kunis, Macaulay Culkin

But the Marines admitted having Ms. Kunis here, was an honor in itself.

“She’s going to get a chance to learn about the Marine Corps and we’re all going to have a great time celebrating the Marine Corps birthday,” said Captain Scott Sasser.

Good job, Mila. You really plastered a smile on that Marine’s face. We can now forgive you for dating Macaulay Culkin for eight (8) years. . .