Last week the US Navy christened its newest warship, the USS Zumwalt. This 610 foot long ship is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced Navy Destroyer, featuring an array of sophisticated weaponry and equipment that set the government back a cool $7 billion, and the Captain is one James Kirk. No, Not that Captain Kirk, this is Captain James A. Kirk, but his call sign is “Tiberius”…
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus called the USS Zumwalt a “Modern Marvel” at Saturday’s christening ceremony. The ship has been under construction since 2009, and was named after Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt. He was the youngest chief of naval operations, who in 1970 promoted the first female and African-American officers to Admiral. He was also a trailblazer who opened the door for scores of women to become naval aviators and serve on warships.
General Zumwalt’s daughter Ann had this to say about her historic father on the day of his namesake’s christening:
“He strove for a Navy that was supportive, encouraging and compassionate toward all sailors, especially minorities and women,” his daughter Ann said, AP reported. “A Navy that not only fought wars but also fought discrimination in its ranks. He dreamt of a Navy that allowed its sailors a better quality of life.”
Captain Kirk, during the ceremony, had more to say in memory of the good Admiral:
“Zumwalt put in place programs that made the fleet ‘more relevant to its time’. He’s the guy who said, ‘We need to change and shrink the fleet to get rid of some obsolescent ships and other aircraft we had, and put in place plans to build the next fleet that would be up to the challenges of the future,’ He put the Navy on the course to a more just institution. In my mind, he’s a towering figure in the history of our Navy, one who I think, increasingly, history will recognize as a great mind and intellect.”
Why you might ask, would we go into such detail about Admiral Zumwalt? He changed the course of the navy, helping to ensure that women and minorities had equal treatment and equal opportunities. You can’t get much more,”Trekkie,” than that!
William Shatner, TV’s Captain James Tiberius Kirk was invited to the christening, but had to politely decline due to his incredibly hectic schedule. Mr. Shatner sent an amazing letter to his real-life counterpart wishing him all the best:
“Unfortunately I can’t be with you when your vessel is commissioned and obviously you’re attending, my schedule won’t allow me, but know that you are in our thoughts — Mr. & Mrs. Shatner — and that we bless you and hope that you have a safe journey wherever your ship takes you. Our best, William and Elizabeth Shatner”
Word Of The Nerd certainly echoes that statement-God Speed Captain Kirk and Crew! Boldly Go!