ESPN Salutes America's Heroes from USS George H.W. Bush

Story Number: NNS101108-15Release Date: 11/8/2010 4:41:00 PM
A  A  A   Email this story to a friend   Print this story
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sandi Grimnes, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) Media Department

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) hosted a live broadcast of ESPN2's First Take on the ship's flight deck, Nov. 8.

ESPN First Take broadcasted from the Navy's newest aircraft carrier as part of their week-long Salute to America's Heroes, said Dana Jacobson, ESPN First Take host.

"The one thing that really steps out, for all of us, is the discipline that all of these men and women have and how focused they are, and every person on this ship has such a specific job," said Jay Crawford, ESPN First Take host.

The two-hour broadcast was the culmination of weeks of work by the entire crew. The ship's Supply Department coordinated the crane onload of ESPN's equipment, with Air and Engineering Departments running the ship's aircraft elevators and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department running forklifts to move the gear around the ship's hangar bay and flight deck. Combat Systems Department provided communications support for the broadcast, and the Operations Department provided security.

During the event, hundreds of Sailors had the opportunity to participate in the live broadcast. In a live interview with the carrier's island in the background, Commanding Officer Capt. Chip Miller gave all the credit to his crew.

"The most impressive thing about the ship and team is these guys right behind me," said Miller.

Several Sailors had the chance help First Take analysts Derrick Brooks and Jon Richie demonstrate how the Steelers and Bengals might play in their game during a Monday Night Football demo on a mock-gridiron setup on the flight deck.

"I enjoyed being a part of this history of this ship," said Yeoman 3rd Class Thomas Moffit. "It was an amazing time and I am very grateful for being allowed to participate."

In preparation for the broadcast, a production team from ESPN flew out to the ship during a recent underway to get footage of the carrier and crew in action. In addition, ESPN filmed duty section personnel watching Sunday night football on the ship.

For more news from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), visit

12/8/2010 12:12:00 AM
Just to brag a little, the sailor that was featured on the ESPN telecast who reenlisted was my nephew. He then gave us a tour of his ship, for which he is a plankholder. Congratulations! Thank you for keeping the Navy tradition in the family.

11/10/2010 10:43:00 AM
I watched the two-hour broadcast ESPN First Take on Monday. Every American and person living in our great country can and should appreciate our men and women who volunteer to serve and protect the United States Of America, our provinces and all peoples of diverse race creeds and religions. In 1966 I saw friends drafted into our Armed Forces! Some gave their lives! I enlisted into the Army Security Agency and served for 4 years, 3 abroad. I am so proud to have served! GBA

11/9/2010 3:51:00 PM
In the name of the Colombian people, we are thankful to all men and women aboard USS George H. W. Bush for your heroic mission day by day, month by month and year in the anti-terrorism war. God bless you and all of your family.

11/9/2010 11:00:00 AM
Well deserved recognition for The Bush. Carrier duty is tough duty with long hours especially for the Snipes and Airdales. I still have real problems in naming ships after politicians, other than JFK. Each port visited might aggravate some of the population to over react based on the ships name, and I have to wonder if it will endanger some crew member on shore. George H. W. Bush is a great ship, but really not a popular name in parts of Middle East. Our opinion means little over there.

Comment submission for this story is now closed.
Hosts of the ESPN2 television show, ESPN First Take, conduct a question and answer session with Sailors on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
101108-N-3885H-273 NORFOLK (Nov. 8, 2010) Hosts of the ESPN2 television show, ESPN First Take, Derrick Brooks, left, Jon Richie, Jay Crawford and Dana Jacobson conduct a question and answer session with Sailors on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). First Take conducted a live broadcast from the ship's flight deck during a salute to America's Heroes. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hall/Released)
November 9, 2010
Navy Social Media
Sign up for email updates To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please click on the envelope icon in the page header above or click here.