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Nominations for Euro Warship Names

by Gary J Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 07:25:12 AM EST

In the diary about the Polish shipyards, I came up with the spur of the moment suggestion of building a European Navy to keep the continents shipyards busy, to construct a military industrial complex to rival that of the US and to generate campaign contributions and "commissions" for Euro politicians.

I suggested EUS Jan Sobieski for the Polish contribution to the aircraft carrier mountain. Presumably this name would appeal to the Poles and Lithuanians he ruled over as well as the Austrians he saved from the Turks.

Perhaps for England we could go for something like the EUS Alfred the Great.

Does anyone else want to suggest national heroes to name a Jan Sobieski class aircraft carrier after?

Perhaps the names of Admirals and Generals, who were not monarchs, could be reserved for the cruisers.


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I like the naming from Iain M Banks's Culture novels.

So how about "Subjugate the Darkies" or "It's all about the oil" or "Meet interesting people and kill them" or "I joined for the water-skiing"?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 07:27:45 AM EST
Sorry we bombed your kids?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 08:22:22 AM EST
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"Oops, we did it again!"
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 08:24:07 AM EST
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Ha  I can even see the figurehead for that one.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 08:27:11 AM EST
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"This will hurt you more, than it hurt's us"
by Gary J on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 10:18:02 AM EST
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isn't that a real Banks one?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 10:27:31 AM EST
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No idea. I have never read the Banks novels.
by Gary J on Wed Jul 16th, 2008 at 11:32:36 AM EST
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Be careful, this idea may take hold among reactionaries and the next thing you know is that we'll have the BISMARK!!!

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 08:15:53 AM EST
For better or for worse Bismarck was a distinguished, if very conservative, European statesman. He only arranged for wars with Denmark, Austria and France, as well as delaying the development of democracy in Prussia and Germany. Who could possibly object to him?

We could do worse, how about the EUS Vlad the Impaler? Another person who might upset the Turks. Oh dear, back to the drawing board.

by Gary J on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 10:16:03 AM EST
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Obviously we can't afford to offend the Turks. The same reason of political correctness means that a joint French-British carrier can hardly be called the Horatio Nelson.

In the proud tradition of EU names, I boldly predict that we will get the 'Magellan'.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 08:26:35 AM EST
Using the names of historic rulers and military commanders is likely to offend someone, as most of them are famous for fighting their European neighbours.

The alternative is using the names of EU founding fathers like Robert Schuman or Jean Monnet. Presumably that would only offend the Eurosceptics.

by Gary J on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 10:09:36 AM EST
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EUS Margaret Thatcher?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 12:49:29 PM EST
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EUS Falklands?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jul 16th, 2008 at 04:07:55 AM EST
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Very old fashioned.

What about Fermat-Wiles? Genuinely European time and spatial scale (1637, Toulouse–1996, Princeton, [désolé]), This opens a quite a lot of exciting possibilities:

Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch (the German super-carrier)

Gauß-Bonnet for the old axis.

Cauchy-Bunyakovsky-Schwarz for the new greater Axis
(it allows in addition for many combinations, and if you misspell Schwarz . . .)

Quadratic-Reciprocity for a submarine.

by Humbug (mailklammeraffeschultedivisstrackepunktde) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 05:05:29 PM EST
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The EUS Charlemagne?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 09:40:36 PM EST
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What about "Under Repair"? It would symbolise Europe quite well...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Jul 15th, 2008 at 07:14:08 PM EST
EUS Constitution?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jul 18th, 2008 at 03:20:11 PM EST
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