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  1. Averageamerican

    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    USS Forrestal, the Navy's first supercarrier, to be scrapped in 1 cent deal
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      June 15, 2010: The decommissioned aircraft carrier Ex-USS Forrestal departs Naval Station Newport for a three-day cruise to Philadelphia. The first of the supercarriers, Forrestal was commissioned Sept. 29, 1955, and was in service for more than 38 years. (U.S. Navy/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Melissa F. Weatherspoon)

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      On July 29, 1967, while in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War, stray voltage triggered a rocket to launch from an A-4 Phantom on the flight deck, ultimately striking an armed A-4 Skyhawk piloted by then-Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain III. A chain reaction of fires and explosions ensued, causing a daylong fire aboard the ship’s deck, which was fully packed with planes. In all, 134 men were killed, more than 300 others were injured and 21 aircraft were damaged. (U.S. Navy)

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      The incident prompted changes within the Navy to damage control and disaster response training, as most of the sailors who were trained as firefighters were reportedly killed during the initial blast, forcing the remaining crew to improvise its rescue efforts. (Courtesy: Ken Killmeyer)

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      After seven months of repairs, the ship later returned to sea for more than two decades before ultimately being decommissioned in 1993. It was stationed in Newport, R.I., until 2010 when it was moved to Philadelphia’s Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. (U.S. Navy)

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      Named for James Forrestal, the former Navy secretary and the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, the carrier was lauded as the “biggest ship ever built” by Popular Science, which detailed it in its August 1954 issue. More than 16,000 engineers, draftsmen and builders worked on the ship, which took an estimated $217 million to build and launched on Dec. 11, 1954. (U.S. Navy)
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    Here’s a penny for your thoughts: A scrap metal company got one red cent from the Navy to take its first supercarrier, the decommissioned Forrestal, off its hands.

    The U.S. Navy turned over the 1,067-foot behemoth to a Texas company, All Star Metals, to be dismantled, scrapped and recycled, giving the firm the sum of one penny for its trouble, Navy officials announced. It's an inauspicious fate for a ship with a colorful — and tragic — history. It's perhaps best known for a 1967 incident in which stray voltage triggered an accidental explosion that struck a plane on the flight deck whose cockpit was occupied by a young John McCain. A chain reaction of blasts and fires ultimately killed 134 men and injured more than 300.

    But its rich past and nearly four decades of service are not enough to spare it. The Navy tried to donate the historic ship for use as a memorial or a museum, but no “viable applications” were received.

    “It’s something that the Navy is caught between a rock and a hard place,” said Ken Killmeyer, historian for the USS Forrestal Association and a survivor of the 1967 incident. “They have to have these vessels no matter how big or small they are, and they use them as you would your car until they’re no longer financially viable. So, they decommission them.”

    The company plans to tow the aircraft carrier from its current location at the Navy’s inactive ship facility in Philadelphia to its facility in Brownsville, Texas. All Star Metals gets the proceeds and a penny but now must pay for moving and dismantling the ship, according to a Navy press release.


    “As crewmembers, we relive July 29, 1967, every time we hear a loud, unexplained noise, whether you’re at the beach or you’re in your office."

    - Ken Killmeyer, USS Forrestal historian

    Named for James Forrestal, the former Navy secretary and the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, the carrier was lauded as the “biggest ship ever built” by Popular Science, which detailed it in its August 1954 issue. More than 16,000 engineers, draftsmen and builders worked on the ship, which took an estimated $217 million — nearly $2 billion in today's dollars — to build. Readers were amazed to learn that the ship featured enough air-conditioning equipment to cool New York City’s Empire State Building two-and-a-half times over. It launched on Dec. 11, 1954.

    “Her 3,500 crewmen will use nearly twice as much water as the eight big boilers that feed her main turbines,” Popular Science reported. “To supply both needs, her water tanks must store nearly 400,000 gallons.”

    The July 29, 1967, incident occurred while the ship was in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Stray voltage triggered a rocket to launch from an F-4 Phantom on the flight deck, ultimately striking an armed A-4 Skyhawk piloted by then-Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain III, who would later spend five years as a POW, serve in the U.S. Senate and run for president. A chain reaction of fires and explosions ensued, causing a day-long fire aboard the ship’s deck, which was packed with planes. In addition to the deaths and injuries, 21 aircraft were damaged. The incident prompted changes within the Navy to damage control and disaster response training, as most of the sailors who were trained as firefighters were reportedly killed during the initial blast, forcing the remaining crew to improvise its rescue efforts.

    After seven months of repairs, the ship later returned to sea for more than two decades before ultimately being decommissioned in 1993. It was stationed in Newport, R.I., until 2010, when it was moved to Philadelphia’s Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, where more than 20 decommissioned naval vessels are reportedly being stored for possible foreign sale transfer, donation or artificial reefing.

    Meanwhile, Navy officials say the award of contracts for two other conventional carriers, the ex-Saratoga and ex-Constellation, are also pending and are contingent upon facility security clearances.

    Messages seeking comment from Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., were not immediately returned early Wednesday, but Killmeyer, who survived the fire as a 20-year-old sailor, told FoxNews.com that the sale marked a “sad day” for all Americans.

    While the ship could have made an excellent educational tool, Killmeyer said the “very costly” process to maintain massive aircraft carriers was difficult to overcome.

    “If they’re not painting them or working on it somehow, it’s an odd day because they’re always maintaining something to keep them afloat,” Killmeyer told FoxNews.com. “The weather plays havoc on their exterior no matter what climate they’re in. The biggest expense is maintenance.”

    Killmeyer, now 67, said he can still smell the “total devastation” aboard the ship and the broken sense of security felt by the crewmen, who thought they were much safer at sea compared to their counterparts on land.

    “As crewmembers, we relive July 29, 1967, every time we hear a loud, unexplained noise, whether you’re at the beach or you’re in your office,” Killmeyer said. “Or, some people are affected by certain odors. When you smell flesh burnt from jet fuel, it kind of stays with you forever. You can’t get away from it.”
     
  2. venureddy

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    LOL are you that dumb?? did you even read the article?? those are nuclear safety incidents. and you are saying some shit about health and safety executive department. why dont you first read and know about the accident rate in your navy???:facepalm:
     
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    I saw that clip and it appears to me that it was a towing exercise rather than an actual breakdown of carrier.
     
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    @Averageamerican falls in love yet again and marries at the age of 75yrs. He asks his would be bride about her desire for sex. The lady replies that she would want it infrequently. Our man is confused, he asks," Infrequently is a single word or two words"?
     
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  5. Averageamerican

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    10 sins of indian
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    10. Marrying a blond is a sin. Making love to a blond is a partial sin.

    9. Pre-marital sex is a sin. Marital sex is a partial sin.

    8. Taking dowry is a sin. Giving dowry is a partial sin.

    7. Bullying one's wife is a sin. Having to submit is a partial sin.

    6. Gambling is a sin. Playing cards is a partial sin.

    5. Drinking is a sin. Smoking is a partial sin.

    4. Eating beef is a sin. Eating pork is a partial sin.

    3. Hurting a cow is a sin. Hurting insects is a partial sin.

    2. Not phoning home is a sin. Running up a huge bill is a partial sin.

    1. Forgetting first language is a sin. Speaking with an accent is a partial sin.
     
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    You know you are indian if
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    . your dad is some sort of engineer or doctor.
    . your parents still tried to get you into places half-price saying you were
    12 when you were really 15.
    . you ask your parents help on one math problem and 2 hours later they're
    still lecturing.
    . you have a 40 lb. bag of rice in your pantry.
    . everyone thinks you're "Indian" no matter what part of South Asia your
    ancestors were from.
    . you've had a bowl haircut at one point in your life.
    . your parents enjoy comparing you to their friends' kids.
    . you've had to sit through videos with scantily clad, ugly Asian women
    attempting to dance and walk around a temple, forest or library.
    . your parents say, "Don't forget your heritage."
    . you drive mostly Japanese cars.
    . you've learned to keep bargaining even if the prices are rock bottom.
    . you know what's going to happen in every Hindi movie before it happens
    . you've never gotten little red envelopes around February.
    . piles of shoes tend to make it hard to open the front, back and closet
    doors.
    . you're father and grandfathers have hair on their ears
    . idiot people try to impress you with pathetic imitation Asian languages
    . your ancestors 1000 generations back invented the back scratcher.
    . at least one family member wears black wire/plastic frame glasses
    . your parents hover over your tired, caffeine-drugged body at 12 midnight
    to say, "In India (or other native country), we studied even more."
    . your parents expect you'll be best friends with any one off the street
    in any given area as long as they are Asian.
    . an Asian woman comes on campus and people ask: "Is that your mother? Well
    then, is it your sister?"
    . your relatives' houses smell like incense, mothballs or both
    . your parents say, "Calculus? I took calculus in 8th grade!!"
    . everyone thinks you're good at math.
    . you like $1.75 movies
    . you like $1.50 movies even more.
    . your aunts and uncles bring you back adorable clothing From Asia with fuzzy
    bunnies, vinyl ducks and English words that make no sense, in great colors
    like yellow, pink, magenta, orange and the ever popular lime green.
    . your parents insist you marry within your race.
    . you either really, really want to go to NYU or really, really want to stay
    away from it
    . your parents have never kissed you
    . you learned about the birds and the bees from someone other than your
    parents
    . "You want a stereo!" When I was your age, I didn't even have shoes!!"
    . you have to call just about all your parent's friends "Auntie and Uncle."
    . you have 12+ aunts and uncles from both your mother's and your father's side
    . at expensive restaurants, you order a delicious glass of water for your
    beverage and NEVER order dessert.
    . your parents simply cut the green/black part off the bread and say "Eat it
    anyway. It's still good."
    . the vast majority of the people related to you wear glasses. Thick glasses.
    . you will most likely be taller than your parents.
    . your parents have either made you play the piano, the violin or both.
    . you get nothing if you do well in school, but crapped on if you don't
    . when going to other peoples' houses, you always have to bring a gift.
    . your dad still pulls his socks up to his knees, you know, the ones with
    the blue and pink stripes at the top.
    . your family owns a tennis racquet.
    . your family always cheers for the Asian athlete on TV (i.e. Michael Chang)
    . the furniture in your house never matches the wallpaper, the carpet,
    the decorations or any of the rest of the furniture.
    . you have rocks, sticks, leaves and strange-smelling, unknown substances in
    your pantry for use as medicine.
    . you own a rice cooker or two
    . you buy corn oil by the gallon.
    . your family owns butcher knives bigger than your head.
    . your parents tell you about how long it took for them to get to school, how
    horrible the weather was in their native country, and how much they still
    appreciated going
    . your parents buy you clothes and shoes many sizes too big so you can "grow
    into it" and wear it for years to come."
     
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    This is going to be fun.
     
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    air india
    Indian Ethnic Jokes
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    Surinder's uncle was booked into an SIA flight to Bombay. But as this was his
    first time in an airplane, he made a few preparations that were out of place.
    When the stewardess came around to take orders for the in-flight meal, the uncle
    declared loudly, "I have brought my own lunch. Make sure you don't charge
    me for food and drinks!"
    So, as everybody was given their in-flight meal, the uncle began spreading
    out his own home-cooked meal. The man sitting next to him was an American
    history researcher, who was curious about the food. "Excuse me, what is
    that drink?" he asked.
    The uncle picked up the yogurt-based lassi drink and said, "Milk of
    India!"
    The the uncle took out several pieces of chapattis and started feasting.
    "And what is that dish?" asked the curious American.
    "Wheat of India!" replied the uncle proudly.
    Finally, the uncle took out some desserts. He offered some to the
    American.
    "What is it?" asked the American.
    "Sweet of India!" replied the old man.
    After the meal, everyone was settling down when there was a loud "Pooooooooot!"
    from the uncle.
    "What was that?" asked the American in disgust.
    The old man replied coolly, "That's Air India!"
     
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    What you posted is mostly true and I love humour. As long as it for fun and not to berate someone.
     
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    WOW man, keep it coming.
     
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    Have you even watched the video ? The a/c carrier was the one which was being pulled by the SMALL BOAT..
     
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    Strategic missile force tests ballistic missile Topol with advanced warhead
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    According to the Defense Ministry’s strategic missile force spokesman, the missile’s dummy warhead hit a hypothetical target at the Sary-Shagan proving ground, in neighboring Kazakhstan
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    MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Russia’s strategic missile force has successfully tested an inter-continental ballistic missile Topol with an advanced warhead, the Defense Ministry’s strategic missile force spokesman Colonel Igor Yegorov has said.

    "At 15:12 Moscow time the strategic missile force test-launched an inter-continental ballistic missile RS-12M Topol from the Kapustin Yar test site in the Astrakhan Region," Yegorov said.

    According to the official, the purpose of the launch was to test an advanced warhead of the inter-continental ballistic missile.

    "The missile’s dummy warhead hit a hypothetical target at the Sary-Shagan proving ground, in neighboring Kazakhstan. The accuracy was within the expected parameters," he said.

    This is not the first launch of the Topol missile this year. At the end of August an RS-12M missile was launched from Kapustin Yar for the same purpose of testing a new warhead. And at the end of September a Topol missile was launched from Russia’s northern test site Plesetsk during a routine testing of the Armed Forces’ control system.
     

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