10:00 am: CANCELLED Navy Week: USS George H W Bush
April 2, 2019 –
NC Maritime Museum at Southport
204 E. Moore St.
**Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the Sailors from USS George H W Bush are unable to make it to the museum. Come Wednesday & Thursday for US Navy Recruiters and USS Constitution!**
The Damage Controlmen from USS George H.W. Bush have taken some liberty! Join them in our Classroom to learn what their job entails. From preparing the ship for emergencies to fighting fires and floods, stop by and learn about these brave sailors. They will even be bringing some of the tools they utilize on board!
Here's a little more about what they do from their Ship site:
"The Engineering Department aboard USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) currently has more than 300 highly-trained personnel who provide technical expertise for the safe operation and maintenance of the ship's machinery systems. The department is manned by professional firefighters, expert machinists, coded welders, skilled electricians, diesel mechanics, mechanical technicians, and a vast array of other specialties that handle the logistics throughout the ship and the other ships in the Carrier Strike Group. They are the masters of all engineering disciplines. From the anchor at the bow, to the steering gear in the stern, engineers have responsibilities throughout the ship. Engineers lead from the front and are the work horses behind the equipment that sustains superior combat operations and missions at sea and in port."
The Ship's Seal
Each element of the seal is significant for its relevance to the ship’s namesake, naval aviation, naval service, and our great nation. There are six prominent features of the seal, beginning with the 41 white stars.
These stars symbolize our namesake and the nation’s 41st president, the Honorable George H.W. Bush. After taking the executive oath of office, with his hand on the same Bible George Washington used in 1789, President Bush inspired us to use power to help people.
Rays of light that appear on the seal’s horizon represent President Bush’s concept of a thousand points of light. He urged us to find meaning and reward by serving a purpose higher than ourselves, to imbue the timeless ideas of “duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.” The crew of CVN 77 stands ready every day and takes pride in pitching in.
The graphic depiction of the aircraft carrier reflects the carrier as both a symbol and instrument of American strength as “a force for good.” Bridging the past, present, and future of naval aviation are the overhead profiles of the TBM Avenger torpedo bomber, the F-18 Hornet strike fighter, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Avenger was selected for its relevance to President Bush’s days as a Navy pilot.
The fouled anchors and shields, as seen centered on naval aviators wings, honor our namesake’s aviation history. The youngest pilot in the Navy when he earned his wings, he later flew an Avenger bomber during World War II. During one combat mission, his aircraft received heavy anti-aircraft fire. Although his plane was afire and severely damaged, he courageously completed his strafing run before heading out to sea, where he bailed out and was rescued by a Navy submarine, USS FINBACK.
Finally, the motto “Freedom at Work” is adapted from President Bush’s inaugural speech, during which he said, “We know what works: Freedom works. We know what’s right: Freedom is right.” USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH and its crew, proud to serve a higher purpose, are the finest examples of Freedom at Work.
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[caption id="attachment_1592" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 171110-N-NZ935-0025 USA (Nov. 10, 2017) USS Constitution's crew poses for the 2017 command winter photo.[/caption]
While the US Navy was not our first armed maritime service, they go back quite a ways! Navy ships were not always the hulking grey machines you see today! Join sailors from the USS Constitution to learn how this historic ship operates.
Here is what their command page has to say:
"USS CONSTITUTION, the WORLD'S OLDEST COMMISSIONED WARSHIP AFLOAT and AMERICA'S SHIP OF STATE, promotes the United States Navy and America's naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations both in port and underway in Boston Harbor."
"... active duty U.S. Navy Sailors assigned as members of USS CONSTITUTION's crew, who are stationed at the ship as interpretative historians to help bring CONSTITUTION's storied past to life!"