It's easy to forget that the ship that is being decommissioned this year was first commissioned just in time to sail off to the Cuban Missile Crisis with a hangar deck full of prop-driven Skyraider strike planes, Phantoms with no guns, piston-engine helicopters, and F-8 Crusader day fighters.
I’ve only laid eyes on the Mobile Chernobyl once. When Caleb and I
were leaving that Blackwater shindig back in ’08 and crossing the I-64
bridge down in Norfolk, he suddenly pointed out on the water and said “Look! It’s Three
Quarter Mile Island!”
It took me a second to get what he was talking about. .