posted on Sep, 7 2005 @ 09:49 AM
Hurricane Katrina and the US Navy Question.
This thought occurred to me over the past weekend post storm.
I realize that the US Navy has many ship abroad fighting the WOT.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Asia all in support of our troops abroad fighting many battles in many theaters.
Where was the US Navy positioned in the Gulf of Mexico pre and post Katrina?
Here is my concern. It appears that the US Navy had to bring in ships from the East coast to support the relief effort, and it took a few days for the
ships to cruise to the rescue.
Ok, I understand that Navy ships set out to sea to avoid storms like Katrina, but it appears that we, (the US) had no real Navy presence in the Gulf
of Mexico prior to the storm.
I realize we had Coast Guard cruisers in the Gulf, but it took days to get any real Navy muscle on the seen.
Is the Gulf of Mexico unprotected ?
Are there no Aircraft carriers and their support ships stationed in the Gulf?
Am I missing something here, If we had an Aircraft carrier battle group stationed somewhere in the gulf, the Navy would have placed them off the coast
for support directly after the storm.
If this is the case it seems that our Gulf Coast could be an easy target for something far worse than Katrina.