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On the Nuclear Carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 14, 2012

Thanks to FC for reminding me of the below video:

The Discovery Channel presentation of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) has been around since 2010 but it is still a thrill to watch, at least for us former Navy types. Since then, one of two fighter/bomber aircraft shown on the video has been retired and the other upgraded. The retired one is the F-14 Tomcat of the movie ”Top Gun” fame and is characterized by twin engines spaced wide apart and twin vertical tails. The other is the F-18 that has twin engines placed close together and twin tails set at an angle.

The commanding officer of the Stennis from April 1996 to August 1999, Captain Douglas Roulstone, appears in the video. After leaving the Navy he worked in the private sector and in 2006 ran for Congress from the 2nd Congressional District in Washington. Not a good year or district for Republicans, he lost to the incumbent Democrat.

The Stennis is named for Senator John Stennis (D-MS) who served many years as chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Click HERE and enjoy.


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