posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 05:43 AM
Hi, Im new to ATS after trying unsuccessfully to join on & off for the last couple of years.
I totally agree with CH1466 except for his rejection of Enterprise. Carriers (and all capital ships) should be named after great figures, battles and
traditional names, not politicised. We currently have a problem in Australia with the naming of new Canberra class LHD's after capital cities
(Adelaide & Canberra). Instead of great battles like Gallipoli or Kokoda. Which of course means the capital cities will be eventually spread between
3 different classes of ship. Namely Canberra class LHD's, Adelaide class FFG-7 (yes it WILL be confusing!!) and eventually Hobart class AW
destroyers. Of course this is all being driven by interstate rivalry and political pork barreling.(Sounding familliar guys?)
Names like Langley, Lexington, Saratoga, Hornet, Yorktown and yes Enterprise, evoke a positive historical image of the U.S. I would also suggest Coral
Sea, Midway and possibly Leyte Gulf. But if you must name them after people how about Jimmy Doolittle, Halsey, Spruance, people who actually had
something to do with famous carrier actions and naval tactics.
But finally, if you must name a carrier after a past president, why not one who people look up to like FDR. I mean he is the only U.S. president to be
elected more than twice, he steered the country throught the depression, and WWII.
Naahh, I've got it all wrong haven't I? he wasn't a one term republican!