USS Green Bay (LPD 20) to be commissioned tomorrow:
Named for the Wisconsin city that’s home to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, the ship is decked out with city and team paraphernalia, including team logos affixed to a pair of capstans, on sofa pillows in the chiefs’ lounge and on crew members’ official ballcaps. There’s even a life-size photo of famed former Packers quarterback Brett Favre, on a bulkhead by the enlisted mess.
The crew named the main passageway leading from the ship’s large flight deck as the “Hall of Heroes,” and plaques detail the story of Wisconsin-born sailors and Marines killed in combat.
Let’s hope they finally get one right in the LPD 17 class. The first couple were pretty shaky and the third still suffered from stuff you’d think they’d have ironed out by now.
USS San Antonio (LPD 17) spend 25 days in a Bahrain port for emergency repairs during a deployment but has now joined the hunt for pirates.
Meanwhile, the Makin Island (LHD 8) is now scheduled to be delivered in May rather than, well, two months ago.