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Friday, 29 November, 2002, 13:05 GMT
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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.
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.
Proudly walk in the foot-steps of those who landed 60 years ago on Normandy beaches. Iraq deserves to be liberated from tyranny.
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!
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".
Thank God we in the west have men and women like the crew of this ship.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
Great programme but where was the usual naval humour we associate with our own senior service.
How long has the BBC been a conduit for American jingoistic imperialist propaganda. I was surprised that Peter Snow was involved.
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.
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.
Why haven't you done a programme on the Royal Navy in the Gulf ? The Americans are not the only country involved.
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.
Many thanks for highlighting the crew members of the Lincoln. Big lift to them and all sailors and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They should not feel like this at least they have got a chance to serve their country
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.
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.
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