Hugo Chávez on the USS YORKTOWN

There are many things wrong with this picture of CDR Robert Kerno, CO of USS YORKTOWN, and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, taken in March 2, 2002:

US Navy (USN) Commander (CDR) Robert S. Kerno (left), Commanding Officer (CO), USN Ticonderoga Class Cruiser USS YORKTOWN (CG 48), points out some sights to the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez during a tour of the ship. The YORKTOWN is visiting the city of Willemstad at Curacao, Netherlands Antilles north of Venezuela during the 43rd annual UNITAS (Unity in Spanish) exercise.  UNITAS is the largest multi-national naval exercise conducted by US, Caribbean, Central, and South American naval forces with the focus on building a hemispheric coalition for mutual defense and cooperation.

US Navy (USN) Commander (CDR) Robert S. Kerno (left), Commanding Officer (CO), USN Ticonderoga Class Cruiser USS YORKTOWN (CG 48), points out some sights to the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez during a tour of the ship. The YORKTOWN is visiting the city of Willemstad at Curacao, Netherlands Antilles north of Venezuela during the 43rd annual UNITAS (Unity in Spanish) exercise. UNITAS is the largest multi-national naval exercise conducted by US, Caribbean, Central, and South American naval forces with the focus on building a hemispheric coalition for mutual defense and cooperation.

Walmart Carrier Classic

Yesterday, on the deck of the USS Yorktown, the Walmart Carrier Classic was played. It would be poor blogger etiquette to joke about Hurricane Sandy and losing basketballs. So I’ll leave you with this picture:

Natalie Achonwa of Notre Dame reaches for the ball against Ashley Adams of Ohio State during the Walmart Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 9, 2012

Hoopin’ Navy Ships

Remember the Carrier Classic, that basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State on the USS Vinson? Standby for the Navy/Marine Corps Classic, between the Florida Gators* and the Georgetown Hoyas. To be played on the USS Bataan, a fine Navy Gator. (Gator is slang for an amphib.) On Nov. 9, in Mayport.

USS Bataan: Georgetown Hoyas Vs Florida Gators

More naval hoops, this time on the Midway:

Syracuse is facing San Diego State aboard the decommissioned carrier Midway in San Diego Harbor (with a TV deal, even), and Ohio State will face Marquette on the decommissioned carrier Yorktown off Charleston, S.C.

I’ve walked the Midway and the Yorktown. Proud ships, both.

* In the interest of displaying my steely self-control, I’m not pointing out the obvious Florida Gator/Navy Gator reference. . .

Hellcats

In any organization there will always be one person who knows what is going on. This person must be fired or otherwise persuaded to leave. -Conway’s Law

Taken on Carrier Air Group 1 (CVG-1) aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) in June-July 1944. The Yorktown took part in the capture of Saipan.