uss george h. w. bush

An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during flight operations. George H.W. Bush is conducting training in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Smevog/Released)

The crew of the submarine USS Finback (SS-230) pulls Lieutenant Junior Grade George H. W. Bush from the water after his plane was shot down.  Bush had been in the water for 4 hours before the Finback came to his rescue,  He remained on the submarine for the next month, participating in rescuing other downed airmen, before eventually being returned to his carrier the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30).  As a display of appreciation for the return of their pilot, the crew of the San Jacinto presented the crew of the Finback with several pints of ice cream.  It was not uncommon for submarines performing life guard duty to “ransom” rescued pilots back to their assigned carriers for the frozen treat.


USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) & USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77)

Seen here May 2011, alongside the carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the now decommissioned HMS Gloucester (D96) was a Batch 3 Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy. During the Gulf War of 1991, off the coast of Kuwait, the vessel made history while escorting the Iowa-class battleship USS Missouri when, under the command of Philip Wilcocks, she successfully engaged an Iraqi Silkworm missile threatening the American battleship. This was the first successful missile vs missile engagement at sea in combat by any Navy.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua D. Sheppard.

F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).