The times have definitely changed.
The Old Retired Petty Officer would gladly go to sea on a ship such as this, even at my slightly advanced age................
I did six deployments on Independence, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. I also made a long work up on Nimitz and The Shakedown of George Washington, the last was just over 22 years ago.
Creature comforts were not a major consideration in those days. Not by a long shot.
Cold Showers that left one smelling like jet fuel. Long chow lines(until I made PO1). There were times when the Standard Navy Box Lunch was a main meal when working the Flight Deck.
Yes, I would go to sea on this fine ship.................Give me a fast ship, a star to steer her by and send her in Harm's Way..........................
The Sea was my home and always will be.
Thanks to Blog Bud Arthur Barie for the link and the story. Damn, he did good.
Launched in November 2013, the ship is coming to life. The crew had accepted 675 of 2,700 spaces from shipbuilders, as of the end of September, a tally that grows by about 25 a week. Sailors are scheduled to start moving aboard in 2015, with sea trials a year later.
Navy Times recently spent a day with the Ford’s builders, leaders and crew to get their thoughts on life aboard the next-generation flattop. While the Ford still has many hurdles to surpass before its 2016 sea trials, the crew gave their ship high marks, with some saying the smaller berthings and shorter chow lines meant that sailors could live more like chiefshttp://www.navytimes.com/interactive/article/20141013/NEWS04/310130026/Crew-s-ship-Sailors-comfort-centerpiece-new-supercarrier-Ford