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What’s the difference in a battleship and a sub?

June 30, 2007

Can you tell the difference, boys & girls? Apparently the AP doesn’t know. Funny story from Murdoc:

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday awarded a $29.8 million contract boost
to a unit of General Dynamics Corp. for maintenance and repair on the USS Texas
General Dynamics’ subsidiary Electric Boat Corp. will provide
alterations and testing on the ship as part of an effort to correct deficiencies
on one of the oldest battleships left since World War I.

And then, a correction:

In a June 27 story about a $29.8 million contract awarded to a unit
of General Dynamics Corp., The Associated Press erroneously reported how the
money would be spent. It is for repairs on the active USS Texas submarine, not
the decommissioned USS Texas battleship.

This is as funny as mistaking Canadian troops for GI’s!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink
    July 2, 2007 8:45 am

    Actually, the South Carolina was sister to the Michigan, and also the world’s first all-gun battleship. They were designed before HMS Dreadnought, but the British had better shipyards then and beat us to the punch. Why BB’s from that generation are called “dreadnoughts” and not South Carolinas, probably for the best.

  2. west_rhino permalink
    July 2, 2007 2:19 am

    Let me see, wasn’t the BB Texas a sister ship to the BB South Carolina?

    Tangential question running through my mind, will this maintenance and repair work be more jobs that Americans won’t do, per W?

  3. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 30, 2007 4:22 pm

    You’re welcome! Thanks for the story.

  4. Murdoc permalink
    June 30, 2007 2:09 pm

    The old USS Texas just dreams of getting one-tenth of that money for repairs. They need something like 2.5 million and can’t get it.

    Thanks for the link!

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