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USS Virginia (SSN-774)

USS Virginia (SSN-774) is a United States Navy attack submarine, the lead ship of her class and the tenth ship of the Navy to be named for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia was delivered to the Navy on 12 October 2004, the 104th anniversary of the commissioning of Holland, the Navy's second submarine. She was commissioned on 23 October 2004 under the command of David J. Kern.

US Navy Page     Wikipedia article

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the service of the United States Navy. The ninth ship of her class,[1] she is named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan, President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Upon her christening in 2001, she was the first ship to be named for a living former president.

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-76)

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is the tenth and final Nimitz class supercarrier of the United States Navy. She is named for the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, who was a naval aviator during World War II. She is homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

US Navy Page     Wikipedia article

Navy League of Hampton Roads

Navy League councils support active duty military personnel through "adoption" of ships, installations, and units; commissioning ceremonies; award programs; and other recognition programs. This is the one for our area. This one serves the Hampton Roads area (Norfolk/Virginia Beach) of Virginia.

Navy League of Hampton Roads website

Bagpipes Cryin’

On June 28, 2005, during a battle in the mountains of Afghanistan, an MH-47 helicopter was shot down and 19 special forces troops and airmen were killed, including 11 SEALs. Commander Mark Waddell was acting commander of East Coast SEAL operations at the time and wrote a poem to commemorate the loss.

A year later, Nashville duo Rushlow Harris released “Bagpipes Cryin'”, a single based on this poem, and produced by Toby Keith. It gained airplay on many country radio stations around the country.

Rushlow Harris website