The aircraft carrier pictured above is the USS Carl Vinson. It's toured the blue of this globe, helping protect and serve our country for three decades. Its call sign is "Golden Eagle." (So American, so awesome.) And it is now and forever famous for being the ship that was responsible for dumping Osama bin Laden's body into the Indian Ocean less than a day after United States Special Forces took out one of the most sinister terrorists in the history of this planet.
Next stop: San Diego, to host a college basketball game.
Organizers say it's all but certain that the Michigan State-North Carolina basketball game on Veterans Day will be played aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that carried Osama bin Laden's body to a burial at sea.If you need a sense of how big the Nimitz-classified Naval ship is, click the pic. It's said to be "99 percent" certain that this ship will be chosen, and if it's not, the Ronald Reagan will get hosting duties. College basketball, under some scrutiny in recent years, is doing a number of things to up its visibility in the early part of its season. Playing a game on an aircraft carrier is out of the box, different and certainly a gimmick worth trying. Some believe it to be a waste of money, but ESPN will actually foot a large part of this bill, and the game will have a majority of uniformed officers as spectators.
The Carl Vinson returned from its deployment Wednesday to Coronado, across the bay from downtown San Diego.
Mike Whalen of the Morale Entertainment Foundation told The Associated Press that 40 to 50 people from his group, ESPN, the Navy and vendors will be at the ship on Monday and Tuesday for a site survey. A briefing for civic leaders and the media is planned for Monday evening at the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Aside from 9/11 and 10- and 20- and 25-year anniversaries of bin Laden's killing, there won't be a better time to recognize the job our troops have done than this upcoming Veterans Day, the first after the May 1 mission was completed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The game will an amazing piece of unprecedented scenery, but will also, really, function as a backdrop for a celebration and appreciation to all those who have the guts and courage to defend our country.
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