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James Kirk Used to Trek Jokes

Posted by T'Bonz - 25/11/13 at 11:11 am


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Captain James Kirk, now in command of the Navy’s most futuristic ship, the USS Zumwalt, is used to being teased about his famous name.

The teasing from colleagues goes back to the early days of his career.

“I don’t take any offense,” said Kirk. “If it’s a helpful moniker that brings attention to help us to do what we need to do to get the ship into the fleet and into combat operations, then that’s fine.”

Earlier in his career, colleagues told him that “they couldn’t wait for him to reach the rank of captain.”

But this Kirk is actually James A. Kirk, not James T. Kirk. The different middle name didn’t matter though, as his call sign became Tiberius, later shortened to “T;” Tiberius being the middle name of the captain of the USS Enterprise.

Kirk’s USS Zumwalt is the Navy’s largest destroyer at six hundred-and-ten feet in length, and the first of the DDG-1000 class of destroyers. The ship was launched from its Bath, Maine shipyard last month.

Source: ABC News

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  • Ben Gunn

    Two things: Black shoes don’t have call-signs, they have nicknames; and “futuristic”–okay, yeah, nice radars, sure, but vertical manueverability is rather limited, limited to changes in one direction only, one time only.

    Just floating is so old-school.

  • NeronWillRise

    Go ahead and make him the captain of the Enterprise already.

  • Frontier

    If I remember correctly, they’ve recently (or are soon) decommissioning the current USS Enterprise that’s been in service for a few decades, as a new one of the next class of carriers is being constructed. That one, I think, doesn’t go into service until around 2020 (?) or so. So maybe, maybe, this fellow could one day end up as such. But I think the Navy would take too much ribbing if they did such. The late night comedians wouldn’t be able to pass up a guy name James Kirk being given command of the USS Enterprise. ;)

  • Frontier

    I do wonder if his XO is a tall lanky fellow that’s abnormally emotionless… or his chief engineer has a Scottish accent? And what is his CMO’s nickname? :D

  • Daniel Ireland

    If he didn’t recite the “captain’s oath” before his first voyage, he’s wasting everybody’s time…

  • Rob C.

    Well, he could be Admiral James Kirk when (if) USS Enterprise CVN-80 gets into commission. He could be indirectly in command of her. ;)