Earlier this week (July, 2006) Ward Brewer of Beauchamp
Tower Corporation and The Mexican Navy signed the official Document
of Transfer Agreement for the
transfer of the USS John Rodgers(aka E-01 CUITLAHUAC).
As Ward stated "It should be noted that this is the first
in history that the Mexican Government has donated a ship to a United
States organization for a museum and the Mexican Navy takes this
donation very seriously--as do we."
And so Ward's transcendence to the top of the Gun Blogging
begins. Sure there are folks with "Commie Cannons" and other large
guns, but does anybody have a destoyer? I think not.
With USS John Rodgers is secure, it's time to hammer MARAD for
trying to scrap the USS Howard Gilmore before it can be utilized to aid
in hurricane relief.
USS Orion (AS-18) left. USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) in
paint on Navy Day Celebration, Hudson River, October 27, 1945.
Our first post about Operation
Enduring Service was almost a month ago and the calls you've made
have helped. Things are progressing. However someone is standing in the
...yesterday I received an overnight letter informing
that we had until January 6, 2006 to tow the USS Howard W. Gilmore out
of the fleet or they were going to scrap her. That is two months ahead
of our donation hold schedule and only gives us two weeks to move her
due to the Christmas holidays. MARAD knows that this is impossible and
only offers this time because they know it can't be done--you can't get
a tow company that fast during the holidays. This way, they can look
like they are "trying to work with us" and still make sure we can't
Individuals at the Maritime
Administration (MARAD) are intentionally speeding up the process of
trying to scrap a ship earmarked to be donated to a disaster recovery
mission that has the stated goal
of saving American lives.
Call your Senators
Be sure to tell your elected
representatives. that the men
responsible for this travesty at MARAD are William H. Kahill, Deputy
Director, Office of Ship Operations (202-366-1875 ext. 2122), and
Eugene Magee, Division of Reserve Fleet Chief (202-366-5752 ext. 2112).
OES On the Air
Our friend Ward Brewer, CEO of Beauchamp
Tower Corporation, was on Raleigh, NC's News-Talk 680 WPTF this morning, talking about Operation Enduring Service, a bid to
build a small fleet of disaster response cargo ships from obsolete
ships no longer needed by the United States Navy.
See previous posts here
talking about the former USS Orion and USS Howard W. Gilmore
starring the former USS San Diego.
Of course, I wasn't able to
listen to the show, so if anyone in the
Raleigh area heard it, please let me know how you think it went.
You've almost certainly heard a
lot about the blog initiative Porkbusters
sponsored by N.Z.Bear at The
Truth Laid Bear and Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit. I
haven't said much about it, not because I don't support it (I'm very
much behind it), but because so many others have done a much better job
saying what needs to be said (As a side note, that is why you don't see
me offering a lot of commentary on SCOTUS nominations).
idea behind Porkbusters was to cut wasteful government spending,
called "pork," to help pay for the massive clean-up and recovery costs
associated with the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina
(and later, Hurricane Rita).
While independent of the
Porkbusters, Operation Enduring
Service is the
near-perfect execution of the Porkbusters project. Operation Enduring
Service will save American taxpayers $100 million dollars spent
to scrap retired American naval ships, overseas. It will
efficiently use the salvage and sale of certain ships to pay for the
scrapping of less desirable vessels, and will actually generate enough
profits to help pay to upgrade and refit several ships to be used in
future disaster relief efforts.
The project will even help teh
economies of storm-tossed Gulf states
by creating between 1,500-3,000 shipbuilding-related jobs.
will save $100 million in wasteful government spending, creates
thousands of jobs in the Gulf States devastated by hurricanes this past
year, and will build a fleet of disaster response vessels that will
greatly enhance our nation's ability to respond to future disasters, at
no cost to the taxpayer.
We are literally talking about a
self-supporting "Salvation Navy" that will greatly assist FEMA and
become the most technologically advanced ships available for use by the
United States Coast Guard.
The USS San
Diego is but one U.S Navy veteran that looks to return to
service as one of the nationâ€™s first Fast Response Emergency
Cargo Vessel/Rescue Ships.
Corporate donors will pick up
other costs of preparing these ships
for service, and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will crew
these vessels, but we have to get them first, and time is running very,
The legislation required to
make this happen is dangerously close
to falling by the wayside. It has to pass before Congress ends this
Session, in approximately one week, or the corporate sponsors will be
forced to pull out.
BTC has obtained the support of
a number of Congressmen and
Senators. Each of the senators has the ability to submit this
legislation for Operation Enduring Service and should be contacted via
phone, fax or electronically and encouraged to submit this legislation
(Chairman of Appropriations)
Phone: (202) 224-5054
Senator DeWine, (R-OH)
Phone: (202) 224-2315
Fax: (202) 224-6519
Becky Watts has the legislation for his office
Senator Shelby, (R-AL)
Phone: (202) 224-5744
Fax: (202) 224-3416
Ryan Welch has the legislation for his office
Phone: 202) 224-4124
Fax: (202) 224-3149
Stephen Boyd has the legislation for his office
Without this legislation the Corporate Donors will
the ships will no longer be available and the emergency relief program
This is not a partisan exercise; each and every one of us has
directly affected by the recent hurricanes and will be affected again.
This requires immediate action, of the project will collapse.
Contact with your House Representative
let them know the senators above have the legislation to make this
happen and to support it or to submit it themselves.
Questions and comments can be directed to:
Email: info -at - btcorp.us
Posted by Confederate Yankee at 01:20 PM
on November 15, 2005 | Comments (0)
Help These Veterans Return to
The USS San Diego is but one U.S Navy veteran
looks to return to service as one of the nationâ€™s first Fast
Response Emergency Cargo Vessel/Rescue Ships.
Beauchamp Tower Corporation has
Service which will rebuild and refit obsolete military ships to
provide state-of-the-art emergency relief and disaster response at no
cost to the taxpayers and a savings to the government of at least $100
In addition, the rebuild/refit
of these ships will result in the
creation of approximately 3,000 jobs in the areas hit by Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita, while increasing the operational capability of the
United States Coast Guard.
A number of organizations and
corporations are working closely with Beauchamp Tower Corporation to
make this happen, including:
- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
- Dell Computers
- Microsoft Corporation
- Sherwin Williams
- Bender Shipyard
- Alabama Shipyard
- IPSCO Steel
- Erikson Aircrane Heavy Lift Helicopters
- AEPCO Shipyard
- ERM North America
- KME Fire Apparatus
from the O.E.S. Project Weblog:
We are preparing to receive at
least two ships (if
everything goes as planned) to begin the conversion to Fast Attack
Emergency Cargo Ships to respond to disaster incidences in Coastal
States (East Coast, Gulf Coast, and in some instances West Coast). It
is estimated that we can removed about 27% of the federal burden for
Ice, Water, and food within the first 10 hours following a CAT-4
landfall. There is also the ability of providing climate controlled
medical and staging facilities for up to 40 percent of the same
So, you want to see what these
old girls will be able to do?
Here's a list of only a few things we can provide during a Coastal
State disaster (such as flooding or a hurricane)
----Service a disaster area of up to 10,000 square miles (up to 100
miles inland) with minimal (if any) outside support
----Provide complete berthing facilities for up to 400 emergency
responders "on scene" at a disaster site
----Fully integrated communications system serving all local, state,
and federal agencies, as well as cell phone coverage and military band
frequencies--allowing for seamless communications between all disaster
scene personnel, no matter what radio frequency or cell phone is being
----Daily provide 110 tons of bagged and palletized ice to the disaster
----Daily generate, bottle, and palletize up to 50,000 gallons of fresh
----Provide refueling station and loading platform for helicopters
operating in the disaster area
----Carry over 7,000 tons of food and supplies for a disaster area
----Store (and provide delivery of) 700,000 gallons of diesel,
gasoline, and aviation fuel for use in the disaster area on emergency
vehicles and critical needs generators (hospitals, emergency operation
.......and that's just one ship.
It's time to realize that the
government can't do it all during
a disaster--we've got to roll up our sleeves and get to work to make
sure the needs get met--one way or another.
Best part? The first two ships
can be ready before next
hurricane season--if things go as planned and all of you help us as