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‘Home is the sailor, home from the sea’

‘Home is the sailor, home from the sea’

Thursday evening we continued activities aboard USS Enterprise at sea approaching the Naval Base at Norfolk, Va. The pace aboard quickened as this massive warship approached home. We were probably off Hatteras running in calm seas. The Tigers (that’s us) were caught up in the excitement. But first, more as promised

July 22, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Aboard the USS Enterprise

Aboard the USS Enterprise

I’m writing this column from on board USS Enterprise offshore the east coast heading north to her homeport of Norfolk, Va. I left our island home mid-day Tuesday

July 15, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Poor odds of survival

Poor odds of survival

The Battle of Midway, which took place 69 years ago this week, is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Between June 4-7, 1942, six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy decisively defeated the Japanese Navy as they attacked Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet

June 2, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Brief thoughts on compensation

Brief thoughts on compensation

I’ve been reading with some interest of the travails of the current Sarasota County administrator. I’m sure that he is a fine fellow caught in a tough situation. Not so tough I gather

May 20, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

A nation at war

A nation at war

I hesitate, if only a bit, to discuss this topic. I do so as I feel it is important for all of us to be reminded of the very real situations our armed forces live every day on our behalf. This is not a political statement. Politics stop at the water’s edge, as we say

May 12, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

‘Top Gun’

‘Top Gun’

This F18 Super Hornet launches from the USS Enterprise in the Arabian Gulf this week. CREDIT: U.S. Navy

May 8, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Active skies

Active skies

Lightning strikes around the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz recently

April 19, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Enterprise Strike Group to deploy

Enterprise Strike Group to deploy

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is headed to the Arabian Sea as part of an ongoing rotation. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, commanded by Rear Admiral Terry B. Kraft, consists of more than 6,000 sailors and marines, who over the past four months have successfully completed refresher training and certifications to ensure they operate effectively and safely together.

January 14, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

The fleet that works for you every day

The fleet that works for you every day

We fly down the coast from Philadelphia to Norfolk, crossing Delaware Bay to follow Chesapeake Bay. The remarkable physical features one sees from the air are the long barrier beaches. I’m struck, again, by how narrow the sandy beaches are—and these front on the Atlantic Ocean. Maybe there is a natural process of renewal in these coastal barriers to the sea.

December 3, 2010 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

On ice cream

On ice cream

The following is excerpted from a weekly report to friends and family from Cdr. Patrick O’Connor, supply officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65). O’Connor is from Longboat Key and Virginia Beach. His story is a lighter but serious one. There is another world out there just off shore. As Patrick said, ‘these kids are working for you.’ Enjoy your ice cream.

September 10, 2010 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »