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Read your comments Friday, 29 November, 2002, 13:05 GMT
Warship
The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier
The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier
Warship. Thank you for sending us your comments. They will be published here and updated throughout the week.


We have had a few e-mails mentioning that the BBC has been incorrect in their use of the term "Arabian Gulf", relating to the current location of the USS Abraham Lincoln. The Producer of the film, Anthony Makin has given this response:

The Gulf is popularly known as both the Persian Gulf, especially in the United States, and the Arabian Gulf. This ambivalence is reflected in many maps of the region. We apologise if our use of the Arabian Gulf has caused offence. It may have been more broadly acceptable to have used the term "The Gulf" in the programme which would have reflected the uncertainty of the correct terminology.
Anthony Makin, Producer - Warship

I am considering becoming a fighter pilot in the RAF and the program inspired me. It also gave me the insight I was looking for to life on a aircraft carrier.
John Dowding, UK

Proudly walk in the foot-steps of those who landed 60 years ago on Normandy beaches. Iraq deserves to be liberated from tyranny.
Grynberg Michael, France

I protest using an incorrect name for the Persian Gulf. It was the Arabs who named it, because for them it represented the gulf leading to Persia

Francine Mahak
I found it hard to understand why the British media and British Government are trying to rename Persian Gulf to something else other than what it is. For example The Gulf, in your case the Arabian Gulf. I know British interests in the Persian Gulf suggest that you have to appease all the Arab countries around the Persian Gulf but this is a short-term gain.
Al Torkpour, UK

America has much to offer the world, and it is a shame that we are not leading the world to a peaceful resolution, while at the same time striping tyrants of power. The world is in a century of civil war, we must ensure the survival of mankind by discovering a new science of diplomacy. We must realize what is possible!
Byron, USA

I protest using an incorrect name for the Persian Gulf. It was the Arabs who named it, because for them it represented the gulf leading to Persia. It makes no sense geographically for them to change it aside from a recent and uninformed effort at national "pride".
Francine Mahak PhD, Middle East Studies

Thank God we in the west have men and women like the crew of this ship.
G.S. Brown, New Zealand

My son, John Kirch, is an engineer on the USS Abraham Lincoln. It would be nice to see comments from the guys "behind" the scenes.
Kathe Valade, USA

I hope for their sake and our sake it doesn't happen

Simon Bowen
As usual, the BBC take a somewhat sanitised view of War! This particular ship, should action take place, will no doubt offer the necessary support. However, for ground crew like the Boson referring to "rock and roll" I think the pilots thoughts are probably the most sought after. I mean it's them who drop the ordinance, it's them who have to face interrogation if shot down. May be more on the actual pilots may have enhanced this documentary.
Derek, Scotland

It just shows the dedication that goes into keeping carrier-borne aircraft flying. No Muslim nation in the world, regardless of wealth could run such a machine.
Nigel MacDonald, UK

Today was the first time I have watched the 'Correspondent' programme. The photography was fantastic - in what must have been difficult and at times dangerous conditions. The scripting and commentary was clear and very informative - but also allowed the pictures and natural sound to breath which in my mind is highly important. As a freelance television cameraman - I can only aspire to work on such a quality piece of television.
Mike Wood, UK

What a great feature you guys put together. I find it amazing, but not surprising, that there are such well oiled fighting machines just sitting there waiting......I hope for their sake and our sake it doesn't happen....
Simon Bowen, UK

I understand that life is not so rosy for those not working the flight decks

Thomas Duignan
Very nice piece of pro-war propaganda. How many of the 6000 seamen aboard did you have access to? I understand that life is not so rosy for those not working the flight decks.
Thomas Duignan, England

A great documentary about the carriers and a help for those that are not part of the Nato navies. Our ship sailed with the Lincoln this year and it's an awesome sight. I wish them the best off luck fair winds and following seas.
Christophe Primo, Belgium

Really enjoyed the programme, As a retired fighter pilot for some 32 years - Mach2+ I thought the whole operation was well constructed without any bull.
Brian Carroll, England

Great programme but where was the usual naval humour we associate with our own senior service.
Steve Clark, UK

How long has the BBC been a conduit for American jingoistic imperialist propaganda. I was surprised that Peter Snow was involved.
Harry Parkes, UK

The Gulf is been Persian Gulf [not the Arabian] for over 2000 years

Nasser Ahmadi
Mr. Peter Snow you mentioned many times on your program Arabian Gulf how can you do that? The Gulf is been Persian Gulf for over 2000 years. How can you change the name - I hope you will never do that again. How would you feel if we say French Channel instead of the English Channel? Would you like that? In what authority you give this right to yourself to change such an important name? I am an Iranian and proud to be one - and if you don't know your geography please study before using that name again.
Nasser Ahmadi, UK

What a lot of nonsense! I hope the US imperialist plans horribly backfire on them and the world wakes up to this hoax. Shame on the BBC for going along with this charade.
Riyad Tibi, UK/Palestine

I have toured the USS Stennis, a Nimitz class operational aircraft carrier with some American diplomats, the ship or city was amazing; I have never seen so much technology all ready to go under one roof. Those American boys really have the edge over any other nations navy.
Rich, UK

Why haven't you done a programme on the Royal Navy in the Gulf ? The Americans are not the only country involved.
Nick Sparey, NEW ZEALAND

So much wasted talent, energy, and money for weapons and war

Zopa
In your report you refer to a pilot being required to "deliver ordinance". It is a pity that the BBC seeks to join the US military in the sanitisation of the English language. Imagine history books referring to the Blitz of London and the firebombing of Dresden as "delivering ordinance" and "collateral damage". Perhaps if the media was not so willing to sanitise the true horror of war we would not all be so keen to fight them.
Henry Gilfillan, South Africa

So much wasted talent, energy, and money for weapons and war. Some may glorify it if they like, but for me it is just throwing away human potential.
Zopa, usa

Many thanks for highlighting the crew members of the Lincoln. Big lift to them and all sailors and their families.
Fr. Jim Anderson, M.S.A., Catholic Chaplain, USS Ranger,1990-1993 , USA

I don't think any information on any service personnel should be given out over the air

John Ritchie
It sounds like your reporters were more interested in prying into peoples lives than learning about a warship. Bad job.
Terry Gallian, United States

I just saw your documentary of the USS Lincoln, and wish to say that it was made with great professionalism and opened my eyes to life. I hope that in the future that I could see more of your programmes. Keep the good work up.
James, Belgium

Do you think it is wise in the present climate to more or less give out information on the officers on board like names and towns? All you seemed to miss out was their street and telephone number. I don't think any information on any service personnel should be given out over the air.
John Ritchie, UK

Personally, I would not enjoy living on a carrier, but I am grateful for the hundreds who do and persevere, being away from there families.
Tye, USA

Incredible how a small city can function so efficiently in small quarters

Shaku
In war, many combatants are expected to die. Now that your article has shown us some of those who are there to fight for us, we realise our own involvement in an emotional way.
Francis Cardwell, Canada

Pretty impressive war or peace machine. Incredible how a small city can function so efficiently in small quarters. Hope they don't have to use their bombs and we can resolve our problems peacefully.
Shaku, Canada

They should not feel like this at least they have got a chance to serve their country
Shashank, India

The ship's crew really have nothing to fear, I don't think the Iraqis will be able to mount an exocet type attack due to lack of a firing platform or will attempt a suicide boat/plane attack as this would be obvious early in the operation. The flight crews will face some danger, but if the equipment is as sophisticated as expected even this will be minimal. It would be interesting if the Iraqi opponents could be interviewed on a similar personal basis. My point is these people will do the job they are trained to do, but they are not directing it - in action they will depend on the equipment and training they are given and on each other. Let us hope that they are not placed in harms way without good reason.
Leon Kay, Canada

Why don't you report on how the US military screwed up by allowing many Al Qaeda to escape into Afghanistan? I was in the US Navy and I'm quite aware of how incompetent and politically correct the US Navy chain of command is. Bunch of spineless robots.
Steve, USA


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