September 25, 2012
Rust Bucket...But It's OUR Rust Bucket Aircraft Carrier
Rust Bucket...But its OUR Rust Bucket Aircraft Carrier.
Chinese are such proud, nationalistic people....
I was sitting in a fancy Dalian restaurant in 2002, overlooking the Yalu River harbor and this rust bucket, second hand Russian carrier at long rest, when my Chinese uncle and Communist Party boo pah, pointed out into the harbor, and said: "Soon, we have almost NEW carrier!"
Having served 3 years on a USA barely post WWII carrier, I knew what I was looking at...but nodded politely.
Ten years later, they have the old "jump" carrier back in shape and, Im sure, stuffed with the latest electronics, and ready to do braggery and buffery with the Japanese, Vietnamese, USA, etc. in the South China Sea.