Keeping up with traditions

Newport News Shipbuilding welded a time capsule inside the flight deck control room of PCU John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) in April. The time capsule – which contains letters to future ship leaders, miscellaneous coins, and memorabilia– will be opened during the aircraft carrier’s mid-life refueling and complex overhaul, an event tentatively planned for 2050ish.

This reminds me of the time they dismantled the Todd-built FFG7-class frigate HMAS Sydney in Australia a couple of years back and recovered a bottle of blended MacNaughton Canadian whisky, which had been wrapped in pipe insulation in the forward starboard leg of the mainmast back in April 1982.

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