USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
By Dennis Hall, Founder
The social media postings of the bloggers and podcasters from this Bloggers-Media Embark during April 25-26 continue to come along. There has been much posting to Facebook of photo albums and postings of blog posts. If you’re not already one of my Facebook friends, you can find me via Avere Group, Dennis Hall.
Also, now that this embark is complete, I’m networking bloggers and podcasters to others who embarked separately, e.g. with Guy Kawasaki and me. I believe the Navy at-sea experiences shared between people whether together or separately are great ice-breakers to build new, productive relationships. For example, I am networking Amanda Congdon with Andrew Nystrom, Digital Media Manager of Red Bull USA, who embarked with me to the USS Nimitz.
Steve Fiebing, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Commander – Naval Air Forces – Pacific, supported a Bloggers-Media Embark for April 25-26, 2010. Andy Sernovitz and I nominated participants. My three nominees selected were Will Mayall, co-founder with Guy Kawasaki, of Alltop.com; Amanda Congdon, Executive Producer of the SomeTimesDaily blog and podcast; and, Robert Coombs, Director of Public Affairs and blogger for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA.org).
Robert Coombs posted this amazing interior video of himself enduring the whole process of when he was strapped into the Navy C-2 Greyhound on April 26, 2010 for his catapult launch from the bow of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
The total complement of 15 bloggers-podcasters-journalists connected prior to meeting each other and created an on-line community via Twitter and Facebook. Each posted details of their enthusiastic planning for the embark, and then each step along the way leading to their boarding the C-2 Greyhound Navy transport to take them out to sea for a tailhook landing or ‘trap’ on the flightdeck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Navy leans forward on social media, so it was particularly exciting for me as co-founder of the Bloggers-Media Embarks to hear from the participants while they were underway via Facebook. Such direct connectivity was not available as recent as July 2009 when Guy Kawasaki and I lead our first group of bloggers-podcasters-journalists out to the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. For us, this is a significant sign of a new era for Navy and Marine Corps personnel at sea to keep connected with those on shore, and on other vessels at sea, as well.
My June 2009 post titled, “Bloggers’ Embark Start-up” details the first Bloggers-Media Embark lead by Guy Kawasaki and me to the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. My post contains links to many of the other participants posts pertaining to our USS Nimitz embark. The participants were Guy Kawasaki, Bill Reichert, Carroll Lefon a.k.a. Lex, Robert Scoble, Charlene Li, Beth Blecherman, Jennifer Leo, Jennifer Jones, Jennifer Van Grove, Pamela Slim, Jefferson Wagner a.k.a. Zuma Jay, Andrew Nystrom, and Andy Sernovitz.
The embark involved the group of 15 flying from Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado Island near San Diego, California aboard a Navy transport to a Navy nuclear-powered aircraft career underway in the Pacific Ocean.
The 15 participants boarded a Navy C-2 Greyhound COD equipped with a tailhook and take off from a normal runway to fly out to sea to the aircraft carrier steaming underway about 100 miles off shore. The aircraft carrier moves at about 22 to 30 nautical miles per hour through the waves of the Pacific Ocean as the C-2 Greyhound approaches its stern for landing … skill and timing for the flightcrew are everything.
C-2 Greyhound COD with tailhook
The crew lined up for landing once given the ‘go-ahead’ to do so. The flightcrew landed or ‘trapped’ the C-2 onto the ship’s stern of the flightdeck with the tailhook snared the third arresting cable stung perpendicular to the plane’s flightpath.
They offloaded, and spent the next 24 hours touring, dining, and sleeping aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
On April 26, they boarded the C-2. The ‘Shooters’ hooked the catapult to the C-2. Then the pilot powered up and then the catapult propelled them down a short stretch of flightdeck until aerodynamic lift kicked in and they flew aloft away from the carrier’s bow.
All participants paid their own expenses to travel roundtrip to and from the vicinity of NAS North Island near San Diego, CA, and pay the Navy approximately $50 for meals and berthing while aboard ship. Each participant lodged in or near San Diego on the night of April 24, as show time at NAS North Island was 8 a.m. on April 25.
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