Readers here will recall the petition we launched last July when it came to light that there was a "sense" of Congress motion passed that the next ship following the Gerald Ford (CVN-78) should be named after Barry Goldwater. You will recall we were, well, less than enthusiastic (to put it charitably) that yet another capitol ship was going to be named after a politician, when there was a prospect we'd be without an Enterprise in the fleet of carriers envisioned post-2013 (CVN-65's presumed decom).
Evidently, many more of you feel the same way - emphatically so by the comments on the petition. At almost 6 months to go, we are closing in on 2,000 signatures (1,986 as of 18 Jan 2010). Outstanding as that is, I'd like to see if that can be doubled in the remaining six months. My intention is to print out the petition for delivery to the Secretary of the Navy, CNO and Senator Webb (my senator and a former SECNAV), hopefully in person, as a direct and tangible "sense" of both our nation and friends abroad (check the countries of some of the signers). But that's not all - I want to do this before the 50th Anniversary of the christening and launch of the current USS Enterprise (24 Sept 1960).
Time is pressing - there are no namings for a carrier slated for this year, but that is no guarantee that something won't be pulled behind closed doors. Just take a look at this document and see what is in the wings: RS22478_20091223_Navy-Ship-Names_23Dec09 (downloads PDF)
So please, lend a hand, post an article or link, advocate, write your Senators and Representatives.
Let's see if we can get 4,000 - 5,0000 or more signatures on this petition! (ed. BTW, we are one of the top 10 petitions at epetitions.net! - SJS)
Let our effort be the very definition of the word — and in the spirit of the ship we would see named “ENTERPRISE”!