Commissioning of USS Kidd

Saturday’s events were really cool. Spending the day with Matt, Kerry and Gramps was fun. Matt looks and sounds good.

Kerry and I got to take a guided tour of the ship, including the CIC (I forget what it stands for) that is the “nerve center” of the ship’s defense system … radars, computers, huge map screens, guys that sit next to each other that can’t make decisions without each other to make sure people don’t do anything alone that would be stupid.

Among other things, I learned …

  • A ship is NOT an official part of the Navy until it is actually commissioned. Commissioning is NOT the same as Christening a ship.
  • Matt is now what they call a “Plankowner”, since he is part of the crew when the ship is commissioned. Grampa Bill is also a “Plankowner”, having commissioned a ship in 1943.
  • In the old days, when they decommissioned a ship, they would literally give a plank of that ship to each “Plankowner”.
  • Babies of the crew can be christened (baptized) in the ship’s bell. They talk out the hammer, turn it upside down and fill it with water. The first baby christened in a bell has their name engraved inside the bell. When that bell is taken out of service, they find the person whose name is in the bell and offer it to them.

Cool stuff! Below are some pics of the day …

8 Comments
  • deb&kellyciulla
    Posted at 04:56h, 12 June Reply

    Great pictures! Matt looks so grown up. Kerry did a great job! and it is great to see you and your dad.

  • deb&kellyciulla
    Posted at 04:56h, 12 June Reply

    Great pictures! Matt looks so grown up. Kerry did a great job! and it is great to see you and your dad.

  • Sherene
    Posted at 20:59h, 12 June Reply

    Wow, that is so cool. I am learning all kinds of new things from your trip. ūüôā

  • Sherene
    Posted at 20:59h, 12 June Reply

    Wow, that is so cool. I am learning all kinds of new things from your trip. ūüôā

  • Pastor Paul
    Posted at 01:59h, 13 June Reply

    Matt has grown up a LOT and this is a great experience for him! Thanks for sharing!

  • Pastor Paul
    Posted at 01:59h, 13 June Reply

    Matt has grown up a LOT and this is a great experience for him! Thanks for sharing!

  • Pastor Paul
    Posted at 02:00h, 13 June Reply

    Thanks for letting me know you’re here Sherene. Matt’s experience has been a neat one to watch and learn from for me too!

  • Pastor Paul
    Posted at 02:00h, 13 June Reply

    Thanks for letting me know you’re here Sherene. Matt’s experience has been a neat one to watch and learn from for me too!

Post A Comment