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October 14, 2008


Uss_john_c_stennis Guy Kawasaki had been to many interesting places, but nothing compares to his twenty-four hour visit to the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier. He was a guest of the Navy who operates a program that tries to bolster recruiting.

While describing the visit, Guy composed what is probably the longest posting in the history of blogging. It contains over 130 photos and five videos.

From wikipedia, some details about the USS John C. Stennis:

• Crew size: 5,617 (including air wing)
• Meals served daily: 16,600
• Number of compartments: 2,700
• Number of telephones: 2,000
• Tons of structural steel: More than 60,000 short tons (55,000 metric tons)
• Length of cable and wiring: over 900 miles
• Number of light fixtures: more than 30,000
• Required technical manuals: A stack as high as the Washington Monument at 555 feet
• Bed mattresses: If lined up end-to-end, they would stretch more than 9 miles
• Sheets: 28,000
• Pillow Cases: 14,000
• Cost: $4.5 billion; projected service life: 50 years

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Thanks for the link - I'm an ex sailor who gets a kick out of peoples impression of the Navy. Although I left dissatisfied, I still have an appreciation for what those folks do everyday...

Posted by: j eastman at Oct 15, 2008 5:12:50 PM

Hi! I was aboard the Stennis during your visit - as professor with the Navy College Afloat. I remember seeing you in the Wardroom at dinner. My colleagues and I were at sea for 6 weeks on this assignment. Let me back up everything you said about the officers and crew - and the experience. For an old veteran it was a priviledge and honor to serve with our Sailors for those 6 weeks as they earned 3 semester units for college - while still doing their 12-14 hour duty days!

Dr. Tom Gauthier
Author, Code Name:ORION'S EYE (In the ship's fine library!)
(and, of course, available on Amazon.com)

Posted by: Tom Gauthier at Dec 9, 2008 10:38:54 AM