posted on Mar, 4 2014 @ 04:57 PM
Perfectly normal deployments.
1.) The fact that the Mt. Whitney was (WAS) in the Black Sea with the USS Taylor is normal. Ostensibly they were there turning circles to "support"
the Sochi Olympics. The Mt. Whitney has been in the Black Sea many times, including a couple of months ago when no one noticed. The Whitney is back in
the Med now. For those of you who wish to keep track of particularly Russian ship deployments in the Bosphorus I suggest turkishnavy.net...
will find that the Russians go back and forth weekly. It's really no big deal and the nUMBER of ship movements is normal, as a check of the records
will show you.
2.) The Bush is, of course, on the way to the Gulf to relieve the USS Truman, that has been there since August of last year. It will travel through
the Suez for the handoff. This also, is perfectly normal, as is the number and type of aircraft aboard. They go through the Med and the Suez simply
because it's a whole lot easier, cheaper, and faster than to travel around the Horn of Africa.
3.) I'm going to guess that we'll have a big deck amphibious hand over pretty quick, too. It's possible the Bataan is headed that way. We'll know
better next week.