Dear Doug, this is Stuart Hayim, at FMLI. I was happy to see this joint marketing piece until I heard of your recent actions handling the 365. Now I am really happy. Doug, just when I thought there were no more honest folks left, you go and prove me wrong! Thank You. Gregg and Gianni just told me of your recent handling (re the 365) and I wanted you to know I am both aware and most appreciative. It is not often that 1 honors a deal, especially when they could have “copped out” and made a few bucks more for themselves.

Doug, I guess that is why you (and I hope me) have the reputation that you do. Best of all, it is honorable actions like yours that, in the long run, will make you a far “richer” person. I hope this is just the beginning of us making more money and having a good time, together. Thank you again


Stuart Hayim
Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island
Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale
Maserati of Manhattan

My friend, I have bought 3 amazing cars from you. I respect your integrity, honesty and loyalty to do the best in your power to provide your friends the best car, exceeding their expectations. Also was impressed the follow up that Doug did with the Daytona, and Janet's persistence to make sure all the shipments were done to my satisfaction.

I know I'm young (comparing to most of your clients), but if I ever want any car, not only a Ferrari, you are the FIRST one I will approach. An example of my trust is that please let the money stay with berlinetta, and we will adjust it to my next purchase.

I thank you (all) for the experince of knowing that there is one company that I can fully trust.

- C.B. Arya

PS: my special regards to Janet. -- She's always been very nice to me.

Recommendation Letter from Ron Busuttil

"When asked, 'What most impressed me with the car?' my answer related to the fact that not only did I purchase the car, but also commissioned modifications solely by telephone."

-Ron Busuttil, M.D., Ph.D.

"Doug, your reputation is beyond reproach. I have bought several Ferraris in my lifetime, and I know when I buy from you I am buying a car from a reputable person.."

-Joe Perella

"The exhaust and engine work you did are spectacular! The car sounds completely wonderful - I can actually hear it swallowing air, and I have no doubt the bad headers were causing all kind of backpressure issues -- the increase in power is kind of breathtaking. Obviously the timing correction has a lot to do with that as well. I feel pretty sure the car runs better than it did when it was delivered new to Sonny Crockett back in 1997. And it sounds like a Ferrari again, not a landscaping truck!"

"The engine compartment is vastly improved as well, and the resurfaced console etc. looks most excellent."

"None of this was cheap, but it was all well worth it. A job really, really well done!"

-Mike Offit

© 2005- J.M. Pirrone

Berlinetta Motorsports Ltd. is an independent enterprise and is not affiliated with Ferrari S.p.A.,Ferrari North America Inc., any club, Ferrari dealer or distributor."

Mr. Doug Pirrone,

I wanted to let you know that my wife and I found your website and, specifically, the feature in which you detailed your visit USS Dwight D Eisenhower. It was superbly done and I'm grateful to you for passing on the word to your friends, family and clients about what their fellow American's are doing on IKE and in the naval service. I particularly enjoyed the testimonials at the end of the page. Very nice!

If there's ever anything I can do for you, Mr. Pirrone, please don't hesitate to ask.


[Captain] Marcus Hitchcock
[USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN69]
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Fall, 2011

Photo of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) courtesy of U.S. Navy

Two days at sea aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

"They made a mistake with the settings. . .something is seriously wrong. . .why is someone trying to kill me?!" 


It was a violent experience. These were my subconscious thoughts as I later reflected on them, only after the conclusion of the incident. For it was literally impossible for me to move any muscle, speak, or even think while the incident was in progress. 

On deck: arrestor hook

 Photo of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) courtesy of U.S. Navy

The incident? Being launched by catapult from an aircraft carrier in a Grumman C2 cargo plane; the same basic airplane as the more recognizable E2: the twin turbo prop plane with the large radar dome. I thought that the arrestor cable was violent. But that was nothing compared to the catapult. Michael Schummacher does not know what this acceleration is like. It is beyond acceleration. It is a barely controlled explosion.

 Greeted by XO on deck

 Photo of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) courtesy of U.S. Navy


Landing and being caught by the arrestor hook was fierce.

Arrestor hook


I and eleven others were part of a program for a very few, privileged people who are invited to stay two days (and overnight) on a U.S. aircraft carrier, while out at sea.   

USS DDE 11 visitors in State Room 
 Photo of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) courtesy of U.S. Navy


For us, it was aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower.  A  nuclear powered aircraft carrier performing standard training exercises 150 miles out in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of the Carolinas.


State Rooms

 Photo of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) courtesy of U.S. Navy 


The U.S. Navy has a "Distinguished Visitors" program, the purpose of which is to have people of influence experience firsthand the daily routines and activities of an aircraft carrier at sea. To witness just how efficient and truly awesome our military is, and how well our tax dollars are being spent.  I was, indeed, in awe. 


 USS DDE aerial view

  Photo of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) courtesy of U.S. Navy


As a former Grumman Aerospace Corporation engineer, I have always been a very strong, vocal supporter of our military and our troops. The military that keeps our nation and many parts of the world safe from those malicious entities that would harm us, if they had any opportunities. And the military, who, for more than 70 years, has provided more humanitarian aid and disaster relief than any other country in the world, and freed hundreds of millions from murderous regimes.


Photo courtesy of MC2 Jon Husman 


To those enemies of our country who may have the thought that the United States could be one of their targets, a visit to an aircraft carrier would change their minds. 


USS DDE Ships at sea 
Photo of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) courtesy of U.S. Navy


One cannot imagine how intimidating an aircraft carrier is without a first hand experience. The size and power of everything is, in itself, overwhelming.  If you have ever  witnessed a modern supersonic jet fighter fly over your head at a few hundred feet, you know what I mean. That alone will scare the crap out of you - literally. The sonic boom at low altitudes can shatter a house.


 F18 fighter jet in air

Photo courtesy of MC2 John Philip Wagner, Jr.


DOUG photo fighter jet 


We toured almost every area of the ship, including the bridge, the flight deck, the control tower, the arrestor cable and catapult operations, the mess halls, anchor room, war rooms below deck, the huge cavernous maintenance hanger and more. You can hold motorcycle races in the maintenance hangar. 




The anchors weigh 60,000 pounds each! It was an experience that I wish every American could have.  


Yes, God bless America.  

And may God bless and protect the men and women in our United States military. 


United States Navy: The People

USS DDE motto

 Courtesy of U.S. Navy


The average age of the military personnel aboard an aircraft carrier is 25. The training, skill and discipline level is extraordinary. A colleague's 15 year old son, Nick, is in the (Junior) JROTC program at his public school. Please read his comments, below. He is already very excited about remaining in the Navy's NROTC program through college, and then entering the Navy as an officer. Without any college student loans and debt. The Navy NROTC program offers up to $180,000 in college tuition.


"You asked what were my three reasons
for joining the service" 

"(1) I joined for the EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES (i.e. Tuition Assistance, Montgomery GI, now Post 9-11 Bill, and military training schools). Since joining I have earned my Bachelors in Business Marketing and am working on my Master of the Arts in Organizational Leadership. 

(2) ADVENTURE and trying something different. I joined in Nov 1998- I had graduated June 1998 and had been working two jobs in my one stoplight town just long enough for my friend to come home on leave from San Diego and sell me on the idea of seeing the world. I was very interested in art so to be a Photographer in the Navy seemed like the logical choice. 

(3) The IMPACT FACTOR- I always felt the drive to be a part of something bigger than myself. Coming out of high school I didn't envision myself in camouflage with a gun in the trenches but I did envision seeing the world and wanting to feel like I had a part in the things I read about in newspapers and on the television news broadcast. I can say that I'm a part an organization that protects and allows us to have the freedoms we have as Americans."

Leslie L. Tomaino, MC1(AW/SW)
Naval Air Force Atlantic
Norfolk, Virginia


". . . . my family has a legacy of military service, patriotism and service to country was something I viewed as honorable from a very young age."


"I joined the Navy for the many opportunities the organization provided including education, experience, a challenging profession, and travel.  More importantly, because my family has a legacy of military service, patriotism and service to country was something I viewed as honorable from a very young age.


Thank you again for remembering our service members.


Blessings to you,


LT Aaron L. Moeller
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

CPI Division Officer

IM-3 Division Officer

NAVSEA Black Belt





"I decided to join JROTC because mainly to satisfy my community service for college, to become a better leader and for the field trips. We go on many different orientation trips to naval and marine bases which are 

all a lot of fun! JROTC is a very fun and exciting class and I love it. "


Nick Deschamps 

My name is Nicholas (Nick) Deschamps. I am 15 and I'm a sophomore at Riverhead High School.  I live in Aquebogue, New York on the East end of Long Island. I live right near the water and the community that surrounds me is very respectful and very nice to have a conversation with. My family is also very supportive. My mom is a business manager at Mahoney Landscaping in Southampton and my father is a network administrator at Huntington Public Library.


I first heard about JROTC when I was about 13 and in 8th grade. I learned about it when they came to Riverhead Middle School and showed us what they do and many drill movements. I loved it from the start. I was told JROTC was a huge learning experience. You can become a better leader and help serve your community. If you want to go into the armed services, JROTC provides great training and discipline needed if you enlist or are commissioned.  I decided to join JROTC because mainly to satisfy my community service for college, to become a better leader and for the field trips. We go on many different orientation trips to naval and marine bases which are all a lot of fun!


As an NS-2 (2nd year of JROTC) you take notes and learn about naval and military history. Along with this is navigation and oceanography. They are all very interesting topics. On Tuesdays we have to put on our uniform of the day. This could either be relaxed blue (JROTC T-shirt) or Service Khaki, which is our main uniform where we put our rank ribbons medal and other items. Every day after school there is Armed Exhibition, which is spinning rifles in a sophisticated way. We are also starting an Air Rifle Competition team to compete. Basically we fire pellet guns at targets down a range to see who can get a very good score. Every other day, in the morning, we have drill. This is when we practice for drill meets. We have to perfect our movements to get first place at drill competitions. We are one of the top 10 teams in Area 4 which encompasses New England and other Northeastern states. Almost every person in JROTC is very active in the Unit.


There are many leaders in JROTC. We have two adults. Our SNSI (Senior Naval Science Instructor) is Lieutenant Colonel Peter G. McCarthy. Our NSI (Naval Science Instructor) is Gunnery Sergeant Mahala. They are both very experienced and are very enthusiastic instructors. We are the only Navy JROTC with two Marine instructors and that is very meritorious. We also have cadet commanders and they are Cadet Mulvaney and Cadet Gallo. All of these leaders are very charismatic and have won the hearts and minds of all the members of JROTC and the school.


The Riverhead [Navy] NJROTC helps out the community a lot. We help the Rotary with their dinners and breakfasts. Also we assist the Moose Lodge with their dinners. Along with those services, we help out the community in the various festivals. We also hold our own Chinese Auction in the spring to raise money for the Unit. With the money we raise we go on many field trips to places such as the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, the Newport Naval Base, Parris Island and Grabeski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, NY. Along with these trips we also take trips to drill competitions in the area such as William Floyd, Southold, and Linden. We go to these events to get qualified for the Area 4 drill meet held annually in Area 4.

To remain in JROTC we must be active in most [Navy] NJROTC activities such has drill team, color guard and offices in the unit. Also we must have high academic aptitude in school. Our teachers expect us to be in class almost all the time regardless of JROTC and to excel in school. Our parents expect us to help out the unit any way we can and to be active in anything we can try to and put our best foot forward


At the end of senior year you are able to enlist and are automatically advanced to E-3 in any branch of the service. You are also able to get a commission into a naval academy or a coast guard academy if you apply for one. It depends on what you want to do. If you go to college you can join a college ROTC which can further your military career. You can go apply for an ROTC scholarship and that can pay for most of your tuition if you're accepted. The only thing you have to do in return is actually go into the armed services. In college you are expected to do PFT tests and always be a part of the Unit and do your best. Just like JROTC, ROTC teaches you leadership skills, communication and teamwork building, all of these help play a role in your future.


You cannot do anything with an Associate's [college] degree, however if you pass college with a Baccalaureate degree you can be commissioned as an officer if you are in ROTC in college. It does not matter if you have a Masters [graduate degree] but it will help you if you retire early and you want to get a good job.


JROTC is a very fun and exciting class and I love it.  It has made me a better person. I was also wondering if you could get our unit on one of those aircraft carriers. That would be the best thing our unit has done. 



Nick Deschamps



Thank you

We are a Navy family. Most of the projects that I worked on at Grumman Aerospace were for the U.S. Navy.  When I was a teenager, my first career choice was to become a Navy pilot.  It was a major disappointment in my life when a seemingly minor vision issue prevented that.  My father-in-law, a  

WW II POW in a Japanese concentration camp from the onset of the Pacific war, is a retired Navy officer.  We are proud to say that it is our pleasure to pay our taxes to support our United States military.


To the Officers and Sailors of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower:

thank you for your time, efforts, and for your warm and gracious hospitality.

Thank you very much for your service to our country.  


From the service men and women at the Norfolk, Virginia Naval Station to the officers and sailors on the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower, I was immensely impressed with the patriotism, discipline, intelligence, skill level, professionalism and beautiful manners of these ladies and gentlemen. It was an honor to have met all of you.


I am also very grateful to: 


Kevin Moran 

J. Kevin Moran, Vice Admiral, USN, Retired  for nominating me 

as a candidate for this program.   


Capt H 2

Marcus A. Hitchcock, Captain, USN, U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

It was a great honor and a pleasure to meet you sir. 


Commander Philip Rosi, USN  Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman,  and Leslie Tomaino, MC1 COMNAVAIRLANT, N01P3 for their very hard work coordinating and arranging our group's visit,their enthusiasm, and attention to every detail.


Lieutenant Aaron Moeller and Ensign Adam Demeter for managing our group's tours. Very knowledgeable, intelligent and very professional gentlemen. And, thank you Lt. Moeller and Jodie Cornell, LCDR (CVN69) for the data that you provided for this newsletter.


Rear Admiral Clifford S. Sharpe

Rear Admiral Clifford S. Sharpe, Chief Operating Officer, Naval Education and Training Command 



Capt Manazir 

Rear Admiral Michael C. Manazir, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight 



Commander Nick Dienna,USN

Commander Nick Dienna, USN, Executive Officer 



 Capt Kelley

Captain Roy J. Kelley, USN, Commander 



Capt Paparo 

Captain Samuel J. Paparo, USN, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7 




Captain John Malfitano, USN, Chief of Staff



 Command Master Chief Snaza

CMDCM (SW/AW) Gregg L. Snaza, Command Master Chief, USN  



Thank you for your dedication, and for your service to our country. 


Technical Specifications:

U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

Displacement full load 95 TONS
Length of flight deck 1,092 ft. almost four football fields
Width of flight deck 252 ft.
Height keel to mast 244 ft.
Area of flight deck 4.5 acres
Type Nuclear Reactor
Number of reactors


Max speed: more than 30 knots

34.5 mph (that is fast)

Number of screws: 4

25 ft. tall, bronze

Weight of screws

66,200 lbs. each

Number of rudders: 2


29" x 22', 60,000 lbs.



Number of catapults: 4


Number of aircraft elevators: 4

3,880 sq. ft.

Size of air wing

Approximately 61 aircraft



Approximate crew size


Unit cost

$4.5 billion each

Number of anchors: 2

60,000 pounds each

Anchor chain: 1,082 ft. per anchor chain

 365 lbs. per link

Total anchor weight including chain

735,000 pounds each

Distillation plant capacity

400,000 gallons (2,000 homes)

Meals served per day


USS DDE aerial BROCHURE photo
Courtesy of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and U.S. Navy

USS DDE Captain's Chair on the Bridge
Captain Hitchcock's chair on the bridge

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