|In the skies over Afghanistan (March 19, 2002) -- A U.S. Navy F/A-18 “Hornet” assigned to the "Knighthawks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Six (VFA-136) conducts a patrol mission over Afghanistan. Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are conducting combat missions over Afghanistan is support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Commander Christopher W. Chope. (Source)|
Sleeping way too much after staying up far too late.
It's good to have The Nuke home, even if it is for just a couple of days.
That opening photo? Son-in-law Big Time has "been there, done that" a few years after that photo was taken. Same squadron, different air wing, different boat. Same kind of Americans. Out there, doing the job we pay them for, putting it on the line for freedom.
He did two combat cruises on the Big E, USS Enterprise, CVN-65. The Missus Herself, The WSO, Big Time (who had flown off the day before with the air wing), Little Bit, and Your Humble Scribe met Enterprise at the pier at the end of her penultimate cruise. Big Time's Dad and kid brother were still aboard for the Tiger Cruise.
|USS Enterprise returns home from deployment for the last time, US Navy Photo|
I've seen pictures of the Big E at Newport News where she's being de-fueled. I won't share those here. Too sad to contemplate, she was a fine ship, she deserves a better end.
The Nuke spent six weeks onboard Enterprise in the Med as a midshipman. So this ship is family, after a fashion.
All things must pass.