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Supercarrier Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1988

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In September 1983 Wilson, a Washington Post reporter, boarded the USS Kennedy for a seven-month deployment in the Mediterranean. Over that time he would share the loneliness, incredible workload, camaraderie, and discomfort of the crew, and would get a close look at the complicated business of high-tech warfare. He would see how military force can work well, and how it can go wrong. Wilson interviewed hundreds of knowledgeable people, from the Secretary of the Navy down. He was aboard for the air strikes against Syrian and Lebanese targets in which some of the Kennedy's planes and crew were lost, and he discusses how the chain of command, from the White House to the squadron, handled the raids. His is an establishment view of carrier warfare, but he shows the warts as well as the glamour. An excellent choice for public libraries and military collections. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Ar my TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (March 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425109267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425109267
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Eich on September 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Supercarrier. Having been on a couple of carriers, I thought George Wilson's inside examination of life aboard the Kennedy was masterful. I learned a great deal from reading his account and especially appreciated his spending substantial time with the crew. Whether you served in the military or not, I highly recommend this book to enhance your understanding of some of the major risks our sailors take every day afloat to maintain our freedom. Many of the skills learned at sea under very trying conditions are directly applicable to achieving important goals in business, one of many reasons I believe corporations must hire more veterans who have successfully completed their enlistments and service. This book is a compelling, real-life story of one very important way leaders are developed.

Ritch K. Eich, Ph.D
Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve (Ret.)
Author, Real Leaders Don't Boss
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was there, and he gets most of it right, according to my memory. A few, mostly minor, details were wrong, but they were things that only full time Navy personnel would pick up on. It was interesting to see things from a slightly different perspective than my own, and I found out some things that I didn't know at the time. Great book that I bought in 1986 and re-read recently. Many familiar names in there, many of whom went much further in the Navy in later years. Obviously George had to cut many relevant things out of the book in order to achieve a publish-able book that was acceptable to all, but he still retained an honest report.
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I thought the dust cover would be with it,it wasn't. For $4 it serves it's purpose. It was posted media mail and came in due time.As for the book itself it is typical of books, movies,and bio-shows about carriers, the focus is on the air section and litttle on the rest of the boat. Wilson did spend 51/2 pages on STEAM.. His terms were foreign to the terms used when I was on the JFK and worked in 4MMR(4main machinery room/4main).You had EOS-the air conditioned box were the Top watch and controls for MM and BT were located.outside of that was upper level and lower level.However the discription of lighting off the boiler brought back a reality we knew but tried to never think about.His discriptive words were vived and to someone who never had been their it expressed a true realness and those of us who had been their a reminder of a world onced lived.Forgotten was the hours snipes work,usally two 4hour watches pluss a 8hour work day. He should have told the reader that the steam being cooked was 1200PSI @900 degrees.After the many hours of operaton the boilers had to be cleaned. This was called 'water sides and Fire sides,to finish the job in a quick time frame we worked a 6 on 6 off schedual. 'A' boiler was shut down,'B' boiler was lit to take it's place,'A' boiler was opened up and we crawled inside,inside were explosive fire cooked water into 1200PSI steam. The different machines that need a less pressure the steam was reduced down to 600,150,50 PSI were needed.All this info left out, all I feel should have been a part of the short chapter on Steam. As a BT I may be a bit prejudice but this is a vital part to all ship life,without Snipes the ship doesn't move, meals don't get cooked,planes don't get shot off, no freash water, and no hot showers. Why would a writer miss so much important detail? Overall the book was a ok overview of a 7month time frame on one of the greatest Carriers to sail.
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I wish the US Navy supercarriers had a George Wilson available every 20 to 30 years to make a 7 months cruise on them and describe in such an eloquent and outstanding way their missions and their people. This a really wonderful book which depicts the "Kennedy" cruise in the Mediterranean from September 1983 to April 1984. The situation in the Levante was very troubled then, with Syria and Israel fighting each other on Lebanese soil. The Palestinians of the PLO had been expelled massively from Beirut a few months before and the Gemayel Lebanese government tried hard to keep a fragile peace with the support of US troops. The "Kennedy" reached the Eastern Mediterranean just when a terrible terrorist attack on the US Marines in Beirut killed hundreds of them. Thus, a book that was meant to be just a description of the multitude of inside mechanisms on a supercarrier, turned to be a testimony of an ill planned air strike which caused more painful casualties to the US Navy and the loss of two fighters.

While cruising with the mighty ship Wilson left no stone unturned in the "Kennedy". He flew with nearly every type of the carrier's aircraft (S-3 Vikings, F-14 Tomcats, EA-6B Prowlers etc.) he did more than 20 "traps", and he interviewed many officers, NCOs and sailors, from the lower ratings to the carrier commander himself. He had almost unlimited access to every corner of the carrier and lived every day with its crew. He describes the accidents that led to loss of aircraft (and of some very capable and devoted fliers also), and the thousands of hard working young men who kept the carrier operational and always ready as a fighting machine. He also explains the tactics of the US Navy fighters, how they intercepted Soviet long range naval bombers and hunted Soviet and Libyan submarines.
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