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About thomaslsnyder

Retired surgeon and navy reservist. Researching to write the history of the Navy's first hospital on the U S west coast, at Mare Island, California. Former Surgeon General of the Naval Order of the United States. Founding / Former Executive Director, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine.

Video of the Commissioning Ceremony Now Available

Thanks to the diligence and searching expertise of Doug McCoy, we now have a link to the video! Click here, or go to the Commissioning Ceremony Information page for the link. We’ll be posting some more AMERICA fan photos in … Continue reading

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We’ve Added a Photo Page

We invite USS AMERICA’s many fans to send us your favorite pictures of the ship and her Commissioning. We will post them (invoking editorial privilege, naturally!) to our new USS AMERICA Fan Photos page. we’ll send you a quick notice … Continue reading

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San Francisco Says “Farewell, USS AMERICA”

Yesterday morning, Tuesday, the USS AMERICA departed San Francisco after a week’s visit which featured her Commissioning on Saturday the 11th. Parting is such sweet sorrow… It’s been this Committee’s honor and pleasure to support the great ship and her … Continue reading

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Commissioning Day – USS AMERICA Joins the Fleet

After the speeches, the crew run aboard the ship and man the rails. Radar antennae begin to rotate, the engines are lit off, the great horn blows. The ship literally comes alive. It’s a long naval tradition and it is … Continue reading

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Commissioning Ceremony on Streaming Video

We are told that you will be able to watch the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS AMERICA by streaming video on the Navy website, http://www.navy.mil! Ceremony starts at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT tomorrow, 11 October. So if … Continue reading

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Traffic Alert: Commander-in-Chief in Town; Event Photography; Weather Update

We’ve sent cautions about congested traffic in earlier posts. Local press now inform us that POTUS is in town, and that street closures will be in place as he and his entourage move about the city to various events. Exact … Continue reading

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Commissioning Weather Update; Ship Tour Restrictions

The updated weather forecast for commissioning day is now calling for a high in the low 70s. You can expect temperatures on the pier to be in the low to mid 60s during the ceremony. However, as we noted before, … Continue reading

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USS AMERICA Arrives San Francisco

Monday 6 October. USS AMERICA (LHA 6) sails under the Golden Gate to arrive in San Francisco for her 11 October commissioning. After a day of preparations, the ship, located at Pier 30-32, will offer free tours on Wednesday 8 … Continue reading

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Disabled Parking Status Report

Disabled parking on Pier 30-32 is reserved for friends and family of crew members, for whom special disabled parking tickets have been issued, and is full. No one without this ticket will be admitted to disabled parking on Pier 30-32. … Continue reading

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Hot Weather Alert Temperature in the low 80s are now being predicted on commissioning day . However, because of our waterfront location, morning temperatures could be in the low 50s. “Layering” will be a good strategy for comfort. Scroll down … Continue reading

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