Tuesday, December 05, 2006

USS Intrepid Underway!

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The USS Intrepid is a Mud Puppy no more... after months of preparation and one failed attempt to move the carrier, the Intrepid is *FINALLY* on it's way to New Jersey for restoration.

I've been on the Intrepid twice, including the last day she was open to the public prior to final preparations for this move. It's an amazing experience to be aboard a carrier. Walking the deck, imagining what it was like during war, seeing the aircraft and weapons up close and personal... it's a very emotional experience. During the last two years of WWII, the Intrepid survived 5 kamikazee attacks and lost nearly 300 Sailors.

When the Intrepid is returned to it's New York home, it will sport 2 years and $60 million dollars worth of restoration and repair. I cannot WAIT to walk her deck again.

Many thanks and congratulations to the folks who finally got her underway today.


  • I served aboard USS Intrepid during her 1968 Vietnam deployment. I have fond memories of that time - we were the smallest carrier on Yankee Station most of the time, but we kept up with the big carriers.

    Previously, I served aboard USS Enterprise, the only nuke carrier at the time. Going to a WWII Essex class ship was a culture shock. I'm happy to have served on both of those historic ships.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    WCM CTR3 (long time ago)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:34 PM  

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