Navy won’t commission warship in San Francisco
Thanks to SF’s well documented intolerant anti-military stance, the US Navy has said it will not commission a warship, named “Makin Island”, on the left coast’s most far left city. Via the SF Chronicle (h/t Michelle Malkin):
Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter vetoed plans to commission the Makin Island, the Navy’s newest and most powerful warship, in San Francisco in 2008 because of a perception that the city is anti-military.
Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. J. Michael Myatt, chairman of a high-powered committee that was to support a commissioning ceremony for the Makin Island, said he has been informed that the ship would not be commissioned in San Francisco, as scheduled, but in San Diego.
Myatt said he had been told that the Navy was concerned about San Francisco’s refusal to provide a homeport for the retired battleship Iowa, which would be turned into a museum, and for the city school board’s decision to abolish junior ROTC training in San Francisco high schools.
One of the factors that turned the Pentagon against San Francisco, he said, was widely quoted anti-military remarks made by various city politicians. Some of the remarks got considerable attention, especially ones made by Gerardo Sandoval, a member of the Board of Supervisors, who was quoted on national television as saying national defense should be left to “the cops and the Coast Guard.”
Myatt said the Navy had mistaken the views of some political leaders for the views of the majority of citizens in the Bay Area. “There are lots of veterans living here,” he said. “One in every nine members of the military now serving come from California. These people in Washington don’t understand.
Here’s a refresher for Myatt, and anyone else who claims the “people in Washington don’t understand” SF’s views on the military:
- SF School Board votes to eliminate JROTC
- Cindy Sheehan to speak at a high school in San Francisco
- Majority of SF votes for Proposition I, which “encourages city officials and university administrators to exclude recruiters and create scholarships and training programs that would reduce the military’s appeal to young adults.”
- SF Supervisors vote 8-3 last to oppose the docking of the retired USS Iowa in SF’s Bay area
BTW, here’s the Makin Island warship. She’s a beauty.
Learn more about the USS Makin Island here.