The 3 carriers and the new fighter jet
The plane in these pictures is still officially the 'Air Vehicle Number 1', a prototype, on board the USS George Washington CVN-73 for catapult fit checks. Not exactly still Top Secret but certainly not yet made public.
It’s known as the F/A-37. Although specs are classified, it is believed to be Mach 3.5 (top speed in the Mach 4 range) super-cruise stealth fighter/bomber/interceptor with approximately a 4,000nm range.
Check out the Navy test pilot in the cockpit of the F/A-37 LT. Kara Wade.
For the first time in over 20 some odd years, three carrier strike groups ABRAHAM LINCOLN, KITTY HAWK and RONALD REAGAN got together in formation for a great photo op.
See the Air Force planes fly-over, B-2 Stealth Bomber. The only warships not seen in the photos are the 4 nuclear powered submarines standing guard.
USS New York
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center, notice the two twin towers on top.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's
bow section. It was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence.” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there.
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the hair on his neck stood up. “It had a big meaning to it for all of us”, he said. “They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We’re going to be back.” It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.
The ship's motto?
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