It was a nice gig, wasn’t it?
The downsizing of the Navy continues. The Captain’s gig is going the way of teak plank flight decks and AvGas.
Carrier skippers are losing a traditional status symbol under a Navy directive issued in January. The captainâ€™s gig, the motorboat set aside to ferry commanding officers to shore when their ships are anchored away from land, is being phased out of the fleet.
Under a directive issued by Naval Air Forces, all 11 carriers will be required to turn in their captainâ€™s gigs before June 30, 2009. â€œRemoval of the captainâ€™s gig will reduce maintenance costs and free up valuable hangar bay space,â€ the message reads.
Despite never having ridden one I’ll miss them. Another long standing tradition becomes “Old Navy”.