Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Brand New Ship

Today we were lucky enough to watch the USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) coming into Mayport. This is a BRAND new ship and will be the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy, and has been named in honor of Congressman John Murtha (1932–2010) of Pennsylvania. The  John P. Murtha will be home-ported to Naval Base San Diego after it is commissioned in the second quarter of 2016 - it is actually on its way there now and called into to Mayport to refuel. We have included a video which is a little long as the ship was moving VERY slowly. If you can't see the video - click here

Did you know all ships are referred to as "SHE" even though it may have a male name - you can read about why they call them 'shes' click here.  We did the think the best explanation was in the comments section from Carlos Villegas who stated :
"In my sailing days it was explained to me that women carry life. Any vessel that can sustain life in an environment that people could not normally sustain life functions without her body should, appropriately, have a feminine name. Ships without a name are presumed to be cursed because they are thought to be barren"


  1. How interesting about the "she"!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  2. Somebody needs to shut that door! Really!
    So cool. We never see ships like that on the Kansas Ocean!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  3. Hari OM
    Okay, you got my knees a-wobbling... Salutes from me!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Very cool! I thinks they were just Aireing out the ship....☺
    Ruby ♥

  5. I love the eggs-planation about she-ships!!! I hope they will notice that open flap before they end like my poor grampy who furgot to close the flap of his's not funny when cheese and onions land on the cars of the people who drive behind ya :O)

  6. That is so cool - and yeah what's up with that door being open? Brings new meaning to an "Open Door Policy". Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO - Bacon

  7. Wow, must be amazing to see a ship like that in front of you!
    Elliot and Cricket x

  8. We always love to see the big ships!

  9. Wow, they come in really close to you guys!

  10. You sure got a close view of that ship!

  11. We know boats are always she, but we say it is because we are the stronger sex.

  12. I think that side door was open so those inside could film you ~ filming them. Sounds so peaceful on the water for such a powerful ship. The definition of a she definitely applies to nuclear submarines. Lee has a third cousin who served on one and he would be under for up to like five months. His grandmother worried so about him. Funny also because he always loved being outside.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  13. So cool! That's like the Titanic
    Lily & Edward

  14. We loved this what an unusual looking ship. Did you notice there's not really a deck and that its all closed up like a tank? As a transport ship I wonder if that just means it carries supplies which is why it's all closed up. Love Dolly

  15. We are gonna come back when mom gets home from work so we can watch the video with sound!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  16. what a fabulous ship and how exciting to watch it come in.
    wags, bailey unleashed

  17. That's a really big boat. Maybe they would like a couple of Shelties to come aboard for a tour? Just a thought....
    Wyatt and Tegan


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