August 2, 2021

USS Carl Vinson to Host NCAA Basketball Game

The USS Carl Vinson is a United States aircraft carrier that has been working hard actively fighting terrorism related to 9/11. Recently the USS Carl Vinson gained a lot of fame due to its role in being the ship that buried Osama Bin Laden at sea.

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The Carl Vinson may soon have another claim to fame and this time it has nothing to do with getting terrorists.

Officials from the Navy and Morale Entertainment are discussing plans to have a NCAA basketball game on the Carl Vinson.

Basketball games are not uncommon on aircraft carriers as it is a great way to stay in shape and pass the time while at sea. But if this deal goes through it will be a first in college basketball.

The history making game will most likely be between the Michigan State Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and it will take place on Veterans Day.

The whole idea for this exciting undertaking was formed in the mind of Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis. Mark had taken a few trips to Kuwait to visit American troops there and he became inspired.

If this game happens the ship will be prepared with two courts. One court will be set up on the flight deck and another one will be set up below the hanger deck. Two courts are needed since the flight deck is open and hence exposed to the elements, something that basketball players are not used to dealing with.

Beside the issue of weather, security for the event is of concern.

To help quell any potential problems tickets will not be sold to the general public. Some will be given to the participating schools and many will be given to service members.

In addition to the adventure of having a college basketball game on an active aircraft carrier, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are going to be made honorary captains for the game as they were former stars of UNC and MSU respectively.

If this game is successful then it is possible that more college games will be played on aircraft carriers in the future.

Links to Read More:

Wikipedia entry for USS Carl Vinson

Michigan State Website

UNC Tarheels Website

News story at CNN.

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Navy SEAL Dog Used in Raid to Kill Osama bin Laden

A Navy SEAL dog was used in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

While we have learned a great deal of information about the gear, vehicles, tech – and even some of the tactics that the Navy SEAL Team Six used in their raid, we are only now learning that they had a four-legged member of their team along for the mission.

While the exact breed of the Navy SEAL dog is not known, many experts believe that it is either a Belgian Malinois or a German Shepherd Dog.

Navy SEAL Dog

A Navy SEAL dog was part of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Believed to be either a belgian malinois or a german shepherd dog.

We know that the dog fast-roped out of the helicopter attached to one of the SEALs, and that these Navy SEAL dogs have even done parachute jumps as well.

Also, the dog was equipped with special vest or body suit that had special equipment and accessories attached to it, like a video camera to provide forward surveillance to the SEAL team – in a sense the SEAL could see what the Navy SEAL dog was able to see.

There have been rumors that these special-ops dogs also were outfitted with titanium teeth, allowing them to rip through body armor.

Beyond the sheer ferocity of a dog like this, they are trained for invaluable tasks in a special operation like this.  This SEAL dog was probably used to track Osama bin Laden, and lead the SEAL Team Six members to him as quickly as possible.

For more info:  New York Times article

More info about the Belgian Malinois.

More info about German Shepherd Dogs.

Military Working Dogs/K9 in the Navy