I bet you didn't know that our latest super aircraft carrier, USS Gerald Ford, was started in 2009. Though completed in 2013 it has been held out of service due to a growing list of mechanical problems. Nothing too serious, just continuing failures in the new-style plane launching system, inability to move weapons on its elevators and propulsion issues related to steam turbines.

What our Navy has is a multi-billion dollar metal raft named after a person who was never elected president or even vice president. The only thing I can recall about his time as president was that he fell down a lot and hit people with golf balls. Certainly he did nothing to deserve having a mighty aircraft carrier named after him. The USS Gerald Ford is the first of our aircraft carriers that are to succeed those of the Nimitz Class, which are approaching or surpassing 30 years of service. I would expect a few more similar aircraft carriers as the USS Gerald Ford have been started. I sure wouldn't want one of these named after me if I had been president based on the fiasco surrounding the Ford.

It may be time to recommission all of our magnificent Iowa Class battleships. They all could be upgraded and made ready for service for the price of one giant metal raft named Ford. Let four of these brutes sail through the Taiwan Strait and listen to the Chinese government howl.

Stanley Montcalm

Powder Springs

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