the synchroMYSTIC bloggers (they've calling themselves that now) have finally noticed the uss abraham lincoln has a big 72 painted on it. being that most people noticed this around 2-13-88 or at least by 11-11-89, them peeing their pants over it now is... just weird.
here is a list of the nimitz class carriers:
uss nimitz cvn 68 (named for fleet admiral chester w. nimitz)
uss dwight d. eisenhower cvn 69
uss carl vinson cvn 70 (us representative from georgia, democrat, chairman house naval committee)
uss theodore roosevelt cvn 71
uss abraham lincoln cvn 72
uss george washington cvn 73 (there has been a ship named for him continually since 1798)
uss john c. stennis cvn 74 (us senator from mississippi, democrat, chairman senate committee on armed services)
uss harry s. truman cvn 75
uss ronald reagan cvn 76
uss george h.w. bush cvn 77 (navy pilot wwii/avenger bomber)
so, the numbers are IN ORDER. uss enterprise cvn 65 will be replaced by gerald r. ford cvn 78. the enterprise is kitty hawk class. the g.r. ford will be a new class.
but, about the navy's sense of humor. they allow each ship to do their own web page. on the abraham lincoln page they have a link labeled:
click it and you'll immediately get every number they can think of related to the ship. haha