Leave Your Keys With the Attendant
When the US Navy needed to sail the USS Reagan and its 2,500 crew from San Diego to Naval Station Kitsap in Puget Sound, Washington, for a year of major overhaul, it was obligated to also cover relocation costs. The Navy said that using the Reagan was the most economical method to haul the crew's personal cars up the West coast, and would also save the need to provide other transportation on arrival. The carrier arrived on January 10 with its crew in full white dress, flanking some 400 automobiles split between the flight deck and the hangar level. The Navy has taken flak for another car ferry in an age before environmental sensitivity; in 1978, during the last leg of its cruise from the Philippines to Oakland, California, for overhaul, the Enterprise sent this 1961 Plymouth Savoy to a watery grave by catapult. More recently, a similar stunt was filmed on the British ship Invincible by the crew of Top Gear using a Jaguar XJS driven into the drink at 109 mph.
US Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart