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« on: February 10, 2008, 12:00:40 pm »

Long a skipperís perk, the gig is going away

By Philip Ewing - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Feb 10, 2008 9:08:00 EST


   
Carrier skippers are losing a traditional status symbol under a Navy directive issued in January. The captainís gig, the motorboat set aside to ferry commanding officers to shore when their ships are anchored away from land, is being phased out of the fleet.

Under a directive issued by Naval Air Forces, all 11 carriers will be required to turn in their captainís gigs before June 30, 2009. ďRemoval of the captainís gig will reduce maintenance costs and free up valuable hangar bay space,Ē the message reads.

Admiralís barges, another variety of boat traditionally carried aboard carriers, arenít affected by the gig withdrawal. And captainís gigs will stay aboard the amphibious assault ships and other surface ships that now carry them, said Cmdr. Jane Campbell, spokeswoman for Naval Surface Forces.

So far, three carriers ó the Enterprise, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Carl Vinson ó have turned in their boats, said Capt. Ted Carter, the Vinsonís commanding officer and head of the Navyís Carrier Readiness Team. All three carriers are in port or being overhauled.

The motorboats, some of which have served as long as their host carriers and been continually refurbished, will go into storage until the Navy decides what to do with them.

Read More: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/02/navy_captgigs_080210w/

Message ordering the removal of the Captain's Gig:

FM COMNAVAIRFOR SAN DIEGO CA//N43//

TO USS KITTY HAWK
USS ENTERPRISE
USS NIMITZ
USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER
USS CARL VINSON
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON
USS JOHN C STENNIS
USS HARRY S TRUMAN
USS RONALD REAGAN

SUBJ/REMOVAL OF CAPTAINS GIGS FROM ALL AIRCRAFT CARRIERS//

GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. OPNAV N88 APPROVED THE NAVAL AVIATION ENTERPRISE (NAE) CARRIER READINESS TEAM (CRT) REQUEST TO REMOVE THE CAPTAIN'S GIG FROM ALL CV/CVNS. REMOVAL OF THE CAPTAIN'S GIG WILL REDUCE MAINTENANCE COSTS AND FREE UP VALUABLE HANGAR BAY SPACE.

2. PER REF A AND B, ALL CV/CVNS ARE REQUESTED TO PREPARE THEIR CAPTAIN'S GIG FOR DISPOSITION WITHOUT REPLACEMENT IAW REF C. SHIPS SHOULD COORDINATE THESE EFFORTS WITH THEIR TYCOM N43 MAINTENANCE PROGRAM MANAGER (MPM).

3. THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE CAPTAIN'S GIGS ASSIGNED BY SHIP AND ACTION REQUIRED (READ IN THREE COLUMNS):
SHIP CAPTAIN'S GIG ACTION REQUIRED
CV 63 10MPE9319 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 65 12MPE9203 NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED
CVN 68 12MPE9201 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 69 40PE9004 NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED
CVN 70 40PE761 NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED
CVN 71 40PE8514 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 72 33PE8701 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 73 13MPE9902 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 74 33PE9006 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 75 33PE9007 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS
CVN 76 10MPE9308 COMPLETE REF C REQUIREMENTS

4. REQUEST THAT CAPTAIN'S GIGS BE OFFLOADED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.
5. CAPTAIN'S GIGS MUST BE OFFLOADED BY 30 JUN 09.
6. UPON COMPLETION OF OFFLOAD, SHIPS SHALL NOTIFY THEIR TYCOM N43 MPM AND POC.//

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008, 12:12:21 pm »

Swimming to shore should help keep some of these guys in shape too  Shocked Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2008, 01:31:27 pm »

Gee guys, a row boat was good enough for George Washington!   
Me think your captains are waddling in the arms of luxury when they have their own little yacht to ferry them back and forth. Grin

The Boy Scouts could use some nice fishing boat's, now that would be a worthy cause for the Navy to participate in.   New Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2008, 01:52:34 pm »

Take note Bill; this thread is on the Navy not the Coast Guard board    As with everything else, the Captain's Gig in the Coast Guard was multi-purpose  ROTF ROTF LMAO:

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2008, 02:29:10 pm »

They can ride the damn liberty boat like the rest of us.
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2008, 04:15:25 pm »

They can ride the damn liberty boat like the rest of us.

On the small boys they've been doing for years. Makes sense to me from a PMS cost savings issue.

Besides, why should an airdale get his own gig when the black shoes don't even. :confused:
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008, 01:03:17 pm »

OK , here's the way it USED to work......

The Navy decides to get rid of some ancient vessels.  The vessels are older the the most senior Admiral in the Navy.  They leak, they're bent, they have major mechanical problems.

So they give them to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard cannot believe its good fortune at picking up vessels that are newer then anything in their fleet.

So....I figure these Captain's Gigs will suddenly evolve into a new class of Patrol Boat for the Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard will apply for additional funding to procure duct tape, baling wire and paint and will run the "new" boats for another 30 years.

At least that's how it USED to work.

 ROTF ROTF ROTF ROTF ROTF

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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008, 04:56:36 pm »

Except those gig's probably didn't have many hard hours on them so the Guard will get 40 years out of most of them  LMAO 
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008, 09:52:07 pm »

But will they pull a skier  :confused: :confused:
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2008, 09:56:56 pm »

Probably not- you know the Navy.
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2008, 10:49:50 am »

Better have them coasties jump on them gigs before they get snatched up by the Nation of **** Off's Navy.  You know how hard up they are for hulls.
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2008, 02:37:26 pm »

I'll send in a sealed bid of $1. and take one off their hands.
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2008, 09:27:59 pm »

Your $1 bid is already to low, and the nation of **** off is the pirates from the Coast Guard drunk
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