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It is noted that the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush is accompanied by seventeen other ships and three submarines, which were held March 3 through the Aegean Sea.
A friend of mines wife is a QM on the Bush. They are on their way to the Persian Gulf after a little time in the Med. Sending a CVN battle group in to the Black Sea would not be a good move especially since the jets can reach the targets just as easy from the Med.
This is stated in the report on the U.S. site Turner Radio Network RSS Feed.
MOSCOW, March 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russia test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a test site in southern Russia on Tuesday evening, a Russian defense ministry spokesman said.
Kapustin Yar is about 450 km (280 miles) east of the Ukrainian border. The launch coincided with reports of large deployments of apparently Russia-commanded troops in Crimea, which President Vladimir Putin denied on Tuesday.
Spokesman Igor Yegorov said the launch took place at 22:10 Moscow time (6:10 p.m. GMT) from the Kapustin Yar testing range in southern Russia’s Astrakhan Region.
The test was successful as the simulated warhead hit a designated target at a test range in Kazakhstan.
Two Russian warships have entered the Black Sea through Bosphorus - the Istanbul Strait - on Tuesday.
The 150 'Saratov' landing ship and the 156 'Yamal' assault ship crossed the strait around 05:30 GMT, en route to the Black Sea, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
No coast guard boats were seen escorting the ships.
Russia summoned the two warships to its Black Sea fleet after it started to strengthen its military presence in the Crimea.
Meanwhile, an Ukrainian vessel, 'Hetman Sahaidachny,' crossed the Dardanelles, a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara.
Two coast guard boats were reported by AA to be escorting the ship.
The Ukrainian ship is also expected to enter the Black Sea through the Bosphorus.
Thousands of Russian troops have been deployed to the Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine, after Russia’s Parliament passed a motion on Saturday.
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t is noted that the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush is accompanied by seventeen other ships and three submarines, which were held March 3 through the Aegean Sea.
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I saw a CNN report about the ICBM test fire, but they said it was scheduled and that Putin notified everyone well in advance.
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They can't even get the basics right but they know where it's headed? Operating areas are kept secret.
(The Navy doesn't fly F-22s and never has, and SSBNs don't travel in groups or with carriers.)
There are nine squadrons aboard Bush. Four are fighter squadrons—two flying the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and two with older F/A-18C Hornets. The exact number of fighters in a squadron varies, but typically ranges between 12 and 14 for the Super Hornet units and 10 and 12 for the Hornets. Bush could carry as many as 52 fighters, in all.
I am surprised that no one has posted a thread about the Russians doing a test launch of a long range ICBM a few hours ago.
BBC linkedit on bu312014-03-04T15:30:35-06:0003America/ChicagoTue, 04 Mar 2014 15:30:35 -06003u14 by butcherguy because: (no reason given)
In the Black Sea, the Navy has at least one ship—possibly two—initially tasked with helping provide security during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
One is the frigate USS Taylor. But on Feb. 12, Taylor ran aground during a stop in the Turkish port of Samsun, scraping its propeller. The Navy fired the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Dennis Volpe. Taylor’s last known position was Samsun.
The other ship in the area is very, very interesting.
Accompanying the Taylor was the USS Mount Whitney, a high-tech command ship capable of hoovering up vast amounts of electronic communications. Mount Whitney was last seen on Feb. 27 leaving Istanbul, heading toward the Med.