Back to Sea with Vinson
After 4 years andÂ a coupleÂ Â billion dollars, the USS Carl Vinson is on her way back to sea and I am writing this post from inside her belly.
It really feels great to be part of something this big.
Time and time again I have wondered what it would feel like, what would I be thinking at this moment, after spending 2 years working to get her back to sea.
Well, I have waited long for this moment to be part of the second history, so to speak, of this great national asset. I wondered how I would feel about it as it happen; I thought I would be a bit sad, happy, nervousâ€¦.well, I am feeling none of that right now. Instead, I am feeling rather pensiveâ€¦.honored even.
When is a great warrior at her most vulnerable?…while she is at rest without herÂ shield. At this moment she is revealedâ€¦she is powerless. Once she rises, however, puts on her armor and stands again, she regains strengthâ€¦she regains invincibility.
I feel in many ways that I have been privileged to have seen this great ship in its vulnerable moment without armor, I have seenÂ her bonesâ€¦I have seen her frailty. And time hence, when I am closer toÂ the soil, Â I will be able to say â€“ â€œO that might ship Invincible Vinson, I knew well…I knewÂ her whenâ€¦I knew her then; and I and a few others of my friends, stitched her armor and gave her strength.â€