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Happy Veterans Day! First Aircraft Carrier Basketball Classic!

Waring Hills Nov 11, 2011

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels take practice shots on the basketball arena on the flight deck aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is hosting the Michigan State Spartans and the Tar Heels for the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Dean M. Cates/Released)

Happy Veterans Day to all veterans! As a special treat to vets, today in San Diego the University of North Carolina Tar Heels face the Michigan State Spartans in a basketball game to be held on the flight deck of the USS Vinson (CVN-70).  Several vets have asked me what happens if the basketball goes over the side? In my first squadron tour with the VAW-126 Seahawks I actually observed several lost balls that went out the hangar bay door of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), needless to say…the ship did not stop or turn around to recover the lost basketballs.  It seems to me that our hangar bay basketball games came to an end halfway through a six month deployment, not sure how many balls we lost at sea!

Hear what this young sailor on the Vinson has to say about the game here…

UNC v. Michigan State on the USS Carl Vinson 11/11/11

Court set up on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

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2 thoughts on “Happy Veterans Day! First Aircraft Carrier Basketball Classic!

  1. Alisia says:

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog! 🙂

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