Virginia-Pilot has posted some more XO Movie Night Videos from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), so I figured I would share them here.
Also check out this video from CNN.
1) I'm sticking with Alpha Mike Foxtrot. It will be called temporary, but the Navy isn't fooling anyone.
2) The Navy has learned absolutely nothing from Wikileaks, and Navy Information is too slow for today's news cycle. I hope folks are paying attention to the lessons here, and not being distracted by the content of the video.
3) The movie quality doesn't surprise me. If you go back to 2006, CENTCOM didn't allow much in terms of information get out when it came to the Navy - for whatever reason. All those public affairs folks on a ship had little else to do.
4) Has anyone seen a single PAO on TV? Does anyone else think it is embarrassing how the Navy is running away from the camera during a rare moment when everyone wants to talk about the Navy? Either throw the CO under the bus or don't, that isn't even the issue anymore, the issue is that America is suddenly more curious about life on an aircraft carrier and the Navy doesn't have anyone on the Today show ready to discuss those topics with Matt Lauer. If CBS news was to put up a poll and ask what the job of the XO is, what percentage of the American public would get the question right?
5) I'll like this without comment.
Something tells me that when the Navy is finally ready to talk about this issue, the media will no longer care. In my book that will make this entire public episode another wasted opportunity for the Navy to share their story. The worst part of it is, the story of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 2006 represents one of the very few times the Navy could discuss on national TV their contribution to the wars and the mainstream media would actually be interested in listening.
What does it mean? It means that the Navy salvaged nothing while the hull cracked and the ship sank under the pressure.