Accidentally on purpose:
ABC’s Luis Martinez reports: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld definitely jumped the gun this afternoon when he announced during his eulogy for Gerald Ford that the Navy would name a new aircraft carrier and the next generation of carriers after the former president. The announcement not only caught the family by surprise, but the Navy and Pentagon as well. Navy officials were scrambling this afternoon to react to a decision that hasn’t been officially announced.
Now, you all should know that I have nothing but the utmost respect for President Ford, and far be it from me to say anything negative about him on the day of his funeral. But this ship should not have been named after him.
I guess now we’ll have to see what fight erupts over the name for CVN 79, the second of the Ford-class carriers. The last I heard, when CVN 77 USS George HW Bush enters service, CVN 65 USS Enterprise will be retired. One guess as to which name Murdoc votes for on CVN 79.
As I said earlier, it’s too bad that naming CVN 78 after Gerald Ford is going to leave a bad taste in many a mouth. Ford was a very decent man and he deserves our respect. Unfortunately, this bad decision is going to cost his reputation in some circles.
There are a lot of great traditional names out there shamefully going unused.
Pinch had a great post on the new technologies planned for CVN 78 this past summer while covering for a vacationing Murdoc.