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US Navy commissions new destroyer Thomas Hudner in Boston

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US Navy commissions new destroyer Thomas Hudner in Boston

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The USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116)

12/1/18
BOSTON – The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer, named for a Navy pilot from Massachusetts who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War. Much of the commissioning ceremony for the USS Thomas Hudner, held in Boston, paid tribute to the late Thomas Hudner. He was a Fall River native and longtime Concord resident who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman for crash-landing his plane to try to save the life of Ensign Jesse Brown, who was trapped behind enemy lines during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. Brown was shot down and trapped in his burning plane. Hudner intentionally crash-landed in freezing temperatures, packed the fuselage with snow using his bare hands to keep the flames away from Brown, and tried unsuccessfully to pull his squadron-mate free. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brett Litchfield said at Saturday's ceremony that the destroyer's crew will strive to exemplify Hudner's selfless devotion to his shipmate.

"In that same spirit, this ship will sail the oceans, often alone. It will stand vigilant against those who would threaten democracy and freedom," he told the crowd. "This crew is honored to serve on a ship that bears his name." Hudner died last November at age 93. However, he lived to personally attend the April 2017 christening ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine for the massive Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that bears his name. On Saturday, Hudner's widow Georgea and Barbara Miller, wife of retired Vice Adm. Michael Miller, had the honors of ordering the crew to "man our ship and bring her to life." Within seconds, the crew members rushed aboard, taking their positions along the decks of the ship as the U.S. Navy's march song "Anchors Aweigh" was performed. The destroyer will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. The Navy said the USS Thomas Hudner is capable of engaging in air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously. It also has integrated air and missile defense capabilities.

Fair winds and following seas, Sir. We have the watch.

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The late Medal of Honor recipient Capt. (Ret.) Thomas Hudner.
 

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US Navy commissions new destroyer Thomas Hudner in Boston

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The USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116)



Fair winds and following seas, Sir. We have the watch.

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The late Medal of Honor recipient Capt. (Ret.) Thomas Hudner.

Does this one work right...we cant assume that anymore, this is American @ 2018....were we all to often spend too much and get too little for it.

The Chinese are building good ships much faster than we are, and are now the biggest Navy on the planet.

Sleep Tight.
 

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Does this one work right...we cant assume that anymore, this is American @ 2018....were we all to often spend too much and get too little for it.

The Chinese are building good ships much faster than we are, and are now the biggest Navy on the planet.

Sleep Tight.

:roll:
 

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Thomas Hudner. He was a Fall River native and longtime Concord resident who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman for crash-landing his plane to try to save the life of Ensign Jesse Brown, who was trapped behind enemy lines during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. Brown was shot down and trapped in his burning plane. Hudner intentionally crash-landed in freezing temperatures, packed the fuselage with snow using his bare hands to keep the flames away from Brown, and tried unsuccessfully to pull his squadron-mate free

What a low class hero....is this the best we can manage now?

"He wrecked a plane on purpose and accomplished nothing....LET'S NAME A SHIP AFTER HIM!".







barf
 

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Does this one work right...we cant assume that anymore, this is American @ 2018....were we all to often spend too much and get too little for it.

The Chinese are building good ships much faster than we are, and are now the biggest Navy on the planet.

Sleep Tight.

The A Burke class which I expect this is, is currently the best destroyer being built. The Zumwalt class is currently not very good.
 

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=Hawkeye10;1069362293]What a low class hero....is this the best we can manage now?

"He wrecked a plane on purpose and accomplished nothing....LET'S NAME A SHIP AFTER HIM!".

No matter wher you post, it’s all classy......



My grandfathers brother-in-law was Thomas Upton Sisson, commander of the USS Leyte 4/50-2/51. Captain Sisson was instrumental in the fair treatment of Jesse Brown, the first African-American Naval Aviator. Jesse Brown was junior in rank to Thomas Hudner, but had more flying experience. Hudner was essentially the wing-man of the lower rated Ensign Brown. You are free to google the event of the downing of Ensign Jesse Brown, it speaks to another time and place. After it was determined that Ensign Brown was deceased, Captain Sisson dispatched a final mission to the mountain crash site of Ensign Brown.

Corsairs were sent to napalm the wreckage of Ensign Brown’s plane and the pilots recited the Lord’s Prayer while carrying put the mission.

Shame on you Hawkeye 10
 
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What a low class hero....is this the best we can manage now?

"He wrecked a plane on purpose and accomplished nothing....LET'S NAME A SHIP AFTER HIM!".

No matter wher you post, it’s all classy......



My grandfathers brother-in-law was Thomas Upton Sisson, commander of the USS Leyte 4/50-2/51. Captain Sisson was instrumental in the fair treatment of Jesse Brown, the first African-American Naval Aviator. Jesse Brown was junior in rank to Thomas Hudner, but had more flying experience. Hudner was essentially the wing-man of the lower rated Ensign Brown. You are free to google the event of the downing of Ensign Jesse Brown, it speaks to another time and place. After it was determined that Ensign Brown was deceased, Captain Sisson dispatched a final mission to the mountain crash site of Ensign Brown.

Corsairs were sent to napalm the wreckage of Ensign Brown’s plane and the pilots recited the Lord’s Prayer while carrying put the mission.

Shame on you Hawkeye 10

I disagree:

Hudner said he was occasionally criticized for his actions, and that "about 90" people had told him he acted recklessly. His commanders noted his actions may have endangered the helicopter pilot and sacrificed an aircraft, criticisms Hudner later said did not make him regret his decision, as he felt it was a spur-of-the-moment action. Still, commanders later issued orders forbidding pilots from crash-landing in a similar way to try to save downed wingmen.[40] On later reflection, Hudner indicated he did not consider himself a hero for his actions.[4
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_J._Hudner_Jr.
 

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I suspect you have never worn the uniform; correct if I am wrong......

What is there in my post that you disagree with?

That I should feel shame.

The naming of this ship illustrates the decline of America, we should have been able to come up with something better, and there is no shame in pointing this out.
 
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That I should feel shame.

I should have known that; Melania has a program for you........was I wrong about the uniform, as well?
 

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Does this one work right...we cant assume that anymore, this is American @ 2018....were we all to often spend too much and get too little for it.

The Chinese are building good ships much faster than we are, and are now the biggest Navy on the planet.

Sleep Tight.

On sheer numbers, but not quality.

If you wanna just count numbers, North Korea has the biggest Navy in the world, but what does it actually consist of?

Anyway, that's a difficult question for a Truth Teller Tribesman I know, questions of reality often stump the Truth Teller Tribe (population 1).
 

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I should have known that; Melania has a program for you........was I wrong about the uniform, as well?

The guy accomplished nothing destroying an expensive plane in the process and what he did was decided by command to be the wrong thing, yet we name a ship after him...would you care to defend that?
 

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The guy accomplished nothing and what he did was decided by command to be the wrong thing, yet we name a ship after him...would you care to defend that?

He doesn't sit online all day taking drugs and pretending to support Trump, so of course he's worthless to you.

This was his citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (J. G.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this, he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (J. G.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Don't have to defend that, it speaks for itself.
 

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He doesn't sit online all day taking drugs and pretending to support Trump, so of course he's worthless to you.

This was his citation:



Don't have to defend that, it speaks for itself.

Reminds me of this:


"You did a very wrong thing deciding to risk one of America's expensive planes but we are going to reward you anyways"
 

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Reminds me of this:


"You did a very wrong thing deciding to risk one of America's expensive planes but we are going to reward you anyways"

Well this thread sure went to hell in a hurry.

Why is everyone on the rag around here?

Sorry the Navy didn't post a poll for names here at D.P.
 

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On sheer numbers, but not quality.

If you wanna just count numbers, North Korea has the biggest Navy in the world, but what does it actually consist of?

Anyway, that's a difficult question for a Truth Teller Tribesman I know, questions of reality often stump the Truth Teller Tribe (population 1).

The Chinese navy is quite a bit smaller than the US navy, but it is expanding fast. Only the newest class is believed to be of international quality (of which they have 4-6) type 055
 

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On sheer numbers, but not quality.

If you wanna just count numbers, North Korea has the biggest Navy in the world, but what does it actually consist of?

Anyway, that's a difficult question for a Truth Teller Tribesman I know, questions of reality often stump the Truth Teller Tribe (population 1).

The thing that you need to understand is that the Chinese and Russian stuff is pretty damn good with the Chinese stuff getting much better fast, and that with the numbers that they are likely to swarm us with they will likely win.....Military geeks say all the time that the Germans had the best stuff for WW2 yet they lost...why...because we swarmed them with "Good Enough".

Did you forget this already?

Our outrageously priced hardware is a mistake, we will because of that not have enough copies to win, regardless of how good our tactics are.
 
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The thing that you need to understand is that the Chinese and Russian stuff is pretty damn good with the Chinese stuff getting much better fast, and that with the numbers that they are likely to swarm us with they will likely win.....Military geeks say all the time that the Germans had the best stuff for WW2 yet they lost...why...because we swarmed them with "Good Enough".

Did you forget this already?

Our outrageously priced hardware is a mistake, we will because of that not have enough copies to win, regardless of how good our tactics are.

You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
 

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The guy accomplished nothing destroying an expensive plane in the process and what he did was decided by command to be the wrong thing, yet we name a ship after him...would you care to defend that?

Got it, never served.....what’s 420 go for there on the left coast?
 

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You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

In that case I know that you are out of the loop.

The 12-member commission of experts, which was led by former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman and former chief of naval operations, retired Adm. Gary Roughead, was mandated in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which charged it with conducting an independent, nonpartisan review of the 2018 National Defense Strategy.

The report warns that given current trends and Russian and Chinese efforts to bolster their own military capabilities, "the US military could suffer unacceptably high casualties" and "might struggle to win or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia."
https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/politics/us-defense-strategy-risk/index.html

Note: What these cats dont understand is that any war will almost certainly be with both China And Russia...they are a team now....and are looking to expand their team that will go head to head against the West, which is in major decline.
 
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The Chinese navy is quite a bit smaller than the US navy, but it is expanding fast. Only the newest class is believed to be of international quality (of which they have 4-6) type 055

https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-navies-in-the-world-2018-4

Numbers are very deceptive and it depends on how they're measured:

North Korea - 967 ships.
China - 714 ships. ...
United States - 415 ships. ...
Iran - 398 ships. ...
Russia - 352 ships. ...
Egypt - 319 ships. ...
India - 295 ships. ...
Finland - 270 ships. ..

Nearly half of North Koreas ships, Landing Craft, 250 Torpedo Boats and 200 Patrol boats.

Over 200 ships the Chinese count are Auxiliary, so it just depends how you wanna measure it.

But certainly 11 Aircraft carriers to Chinas 1, and they'll only have 6 according to their plans by 2030 (assuming they can even keep that up, I think other things will happen between now and then).
 

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What a low class hero....is this the best we can manage now?

"He wrecked a plane on purpose and accomplished nothing....LET'S NAME A SHIP AFTER HIM!".







barf

Yes, your nonsensical babbling does tend to make people barf. You do know what your beloved “New Chinese Empire” does to “truth tellers”.....right?
 

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The man and warrior Lieutenant Thomas Hudner USN and his story.

It's a Navy story and it is a story of the United States and its armed forces.


All Hands

Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Thomas Hudner Laid to Rest



April 5, 2018

A naval aviator who earned the Medal of Honor during the Korean Conflict was laid to rest this afternoon with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.







Thomas Hudner, Medal of Honor, Korean War, Recounts the Events of the Days, Supported By Video Footage.

"Jessie died as a warrior."



On December 4, 1950, Lieutenant Thomas Hudner, Jr., crash-landed his aircraft at the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, in an attempt to save his flight leader, who was trapped in a shot-down plane. On April 13, 1951, Hudner became the first American serviceman in the Korean War to receive the Medal of Honor, shown here with his mate's widow, Elvira Brown.

In one way or another, Thomas Hudner, ever the wingman, spent the past six decades trying to save Ensign Jesse Brown’s memory and preserve his legacy.

“The uniform brings together people of all backgrounds, but war brings them even closer,” Hudner said. “Before you know it, a comrade is more than a comrade — he’s family."

[7:39]





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USS Jesse L. Brown (DE/FF/FFT-1089) was a Knox-class frigate of the United States Navy. She was named for Jesse L. Brown, the first African-American naval aviator in the U.S. Navy.

Jesse L. Brown's motto was "Versatility, Victory, Valor!". In one episode during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the ship recovered an SH-3 Sea King that couldn't refuel in flight and didn't have enough fuel to return to its carrier. Jesse L. Brown's commanding officer ordered ship into the wind and recovered the Sea King onto the limited space flight deck, even though was not rated for helicopters the size of the Sea King. The helicopter landed with her tail wheel in the safety nets and less than 18 inches (46 cm) of clearance between her rotors and the collapsed helicopter hangar. Quick repairs by both the helicopter's and ship's crew remedied the helicopter's fuel problem, and it was able to lift off and properly refuel airborne.
 
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