USS George H.W. Bush Hosts Namesake


Story Number: NNS100715-18Release Date: 7/15/2010 6:03:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Scott St. Clair, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Public Affairs

USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the Navy's 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, received a visit from its namesake, former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, while underway July 14.

Bush and Barbara were escorted on board by Adm. J.C. Harvey, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

During his two-day visit to the aircraft carrier, Bush toured the ship, observing day-to-day operations and spending time with the crew, as well as taking part in a reenlistment ceremony for nearly 60 Sailors, which he said was an honor.

"I am proud of every man and woman on this ship," said Bush. "I was honored to be able to reenlist those who are ready to serve again. I am very emotional about service to country, particularly the Navy. I am very proud of the Navy and extremely proud of this ship. That this ship is named after me knows no bound in terms of my emotion and my pleasure and the honor that I feel."

Commanding Officer Capt. Chip Miller expressed what a huge privilege and inspiration it was to host two individuals who devoted their lives to selfless service.

"What an honor it is to have our special guests on board to see freedom at work first hand," said Miller. "We are so grateful to have them join us at sea to see what we do and how we do our part to defend freedom."

Barbara pointed out how much the aircraft carrier and its crew meant to her and her husband.

"This ship is probably the greatest honor that George Bush ever had given to him," said Barbara. "He and I pray for this crew every single night of our lives. This crew is the greatest, and we are thankful to you for what you're doing and what your families do for all of us."

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Sutton C. Hout, of the ship's Air department, was thankful for the opportunity to interact with the namesake of the aircraft carrier.

"It was really exciting to spend time with a former president," said Hout. "It was an honor to meet him. It was great experience interacting with the namesake of this great ship and someone who played such a significant role in U.S. history. It's not every day that you get to meet the 41st president of the United States."

Miller also noted that one of the command's primary goals is to emulate the qualities of its respected namesake.

"We run this ship, and we harp on our guiding principles," said Miller. "President Bush is an example to every single one of us and Barbara is an example that inspires us every day. Our number one guiding principle on board this ship is that, like our namesake, we are professionals who serve our country with integrity. It drives us. It fuels us. George H.W. Bush is a professional who continues to serve his country with integrity."

The former president expressed his confidence and high hopes for the command concerning the aircraft carrier's upcoming maiden deployment and reinforced his gratitude to the military and its service members.

"This ship will do a wonderful job supporting freedom around the world," said Bush. "When this ship deploys, I know that you will carry the flag with great honor, the flag of the United States, a flag of freedom. We are so blessed that freedom works in this country. What a great country this is and what a wonderful thing it is to be an American. We are so lucky to have people serving, all volunteers, volunteering for this country and to be a part of this magnificent ship."

Bush, a former Navy pilot, was stationed on the USS San Jacinto (CVL 30) during World War II and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his combat service in the Pacific in 1944.

USS George H.W. Bush is the only U.S. Navy aircraft carrier with a living namesake. This visit marked the second time at sea for the former president, but was Barbara's first time underway aboard the ship named after her husband.

The Bush's daughter and ship's sponsor, Doro Bush Koch, went underway aboard the ship for a Friends and Family Day Cruise in May 2010.

The entire Bush family has been actively involved in the command and events involving its crew since the ship's commissioning in January 2009.

For more news from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn77/.

STORY COMMENTS7 COMMENTS
7/22/2010 1:08:00 PM
I too feel the patriotism of the George H.W. Bush and it's ability to project the power of the USA to foreign shores for the purpose of thwarting the heinous political acts of rabid nations. The strike ability is awesome and will hopefully be a carrier of the future, into the future of the American people, with the ideals and freedom of those oppressed by their own governments.

7/21/2010 10:01:00 AM
CVN-77 was not necessarily named after a politician, but after a Naval aviator, who also was President. Don't forget that the President is the Commander in Chief of the military, and naming a ship after a former President, to me, is no different from naming one after any other former member of the Navy.

7/18/2010 6:05:00 PM
In the US Mark, we can refer to past presidents any way we want, but would not be to hard on the seaman. My problem with the Navy presently is naming ships after politicians, such as this carrier. Any place in the mid east that we visit, the population might remember Bush 1 and that affects the safety of our sailors. Why is politics entering this area of naming ships? I believe it is the upper crust, who are basically bobble heads, minus Roughead who could be another Marshall or Zummwalt.

7/18/2010 3:29:00 AM
hey Mark, what exactly does presuptious. maybe the commentor should have properly used the word PRESUMPTUOUS. and just so you know Mark, the AP Stylebook, the the style and usage guide used by newspapers and in the news industry in the United States, dictated the way MCSN St. Clair referred to Former President Bush and his wife Barbara.

7/17/2010 12:27:00 AM
I had the privelidge of being re-enlisted by then Vice-President Bush onboard the USS Enterprise CVN-65 in April 1986. He was on a Mideast tour and flew aboard via H-46 (Navy Two)during the ship's 1986 deployment. One of the most memorable highlights of my Navy career.

7/16/2010 5:35:00 PM
A nice article, for the most part. I do, however, take exception with the writer referring to them as "Bush' and "Barbara". That was very disrepectful, and presuptious. This Seaman should have properly referred to them and President and Mrs. Bush.

7/16/2010 12:44:00 PM
My son is on this great ship I am very proud of him and of all of our military personel. I know it was at great honor for him to be on this with President Bush and Mrs. Bush. I am so glad to have read this and I can't wait to tell everyone I know!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA GO NAVY VERY PROUD DAD, NEWT

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 Former President George H.W. Bush autographs Lt. Carl White's flight deck life preserver vest during a visit to the aircraft carrier that bears his name, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
100714-N-4938S-035 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 14, 2010) Former President George H.W. Bush autographs Lt. Carl White's flight deck life preserver vest during a visit to the aircraft carrier that bears his name, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Bush and his wife, Barbara, spent their time aboard watching flight operations, touring the ship and visiting with the crew. George H.W. Bush is conducting training in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Scott St. Clair/Released)
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