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Appropriately I haven’t used this title in a year; “government ships” entitled the post a year ago when I was in town for the grand entrance for Fleet Week 2008. I’m indebted to the vigilant bowsprite for catching the recessional . . . the fleet processing out the sixth boro for watery parts not yet revealed. Intended or not, schooner Pioneer certainly had an up-close-and-personal here with DDG-80 Roosevelt. That’s Ellis Island, in one of its many moods, in the background.
Bowsprite also recorded Iwo Jima‘s exit past the Morris Canal.
Here Roosevelt received visitors for a week at the Manhattan passenger terminal.
Given my recent post on the gunnery to be carried aboard Onrust, whose maiden voyage to the sixth boro will happen next week, I made it a point to find out about DDG-80‘s Mark 45 inside the red circle below.
Bow view of LHD-7 Iwo Jima. Note the lone sailor on duty at bow just to port of the mast; he was from Texas and thrilled by the New York welcome he got. The surprises for me waited inside the “well” or well deck:
a landing craft with twin Kort nozzles (as well as some barnacles on the hull) and
(what’s this . . . an 11′ diameter propeller . . .
another 11′ diamter propeller ??) Aha! it’s the starboard and port propulsion fan of one LCAC . . . with
some jacuzzi jet drive vehicle on its back. I wish now I’d gone onto this small patrol craft, because it’s bringing to mind a children’s song about a hole in the bottom of the sea… like “there’s a inflatable on a patrol craft on the LCAC in the well deck of the LHD in the harbor . . . of the island at the center of the world . . .” (Good luck trying to set that to music!)
But here’s the biggest surprise for me: a sign that I believed carried some security code: #NYCFW. Wrong . . . this is twitter speak!!!! The secret tweeting world I’ve avoided was staring me right in the face.
Many thanks to Jed and technosavvy Elizabeth for information used here.
Fotos 1 and 2 by bowsprite; all other by Will Van Dorp.