Exercises "Blinding Storm" & "Aurora"
(San Diego) Now, this is where naval things get interesting. Let's go through a list of which countries are putting navies to sea for the month of
June and remember that this might all be normal, but in times of tight budgets and high fuel prices, it seems a bit odd that so many countries are
putting to sea for the next month. Take the U.S. naval group's departure from San Diego. What's the official story of the 6,000+ sailors leaving
"Both the National Training Center and Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center will remain open, the officials said, with National Guard
soldiers expected to fill in for the units going to Iraq.
The Navy said Tuesday that it is sending a second aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, into the western Pacific, apparently to compensate in
part for the planned deployment to Iraq this summer of an Army combat brigade based in South Korea.
The Stennis, which left its San Diego home port Monday, will participate in an exercise off Alaska in June and then join the USS Kitty Hawk, which
is permanently based in Japan, in the western Pacific." Link
(Norfolk) a local television station in Norfolk reports that a total of seven carrier strike groups are putting to sea in June - which if I'm not
mistaken is an unprecedented move: "While the Navy won't say where the seven carrier groups are going, the carriers not already deployed are
expected to be gone for only one to two months." Story (RealPlayer needed) at www.wavy.com...
(England) The British are also putting an unusual number of ships to sea during June. www.navynews.co.uk...
Meantime, Channel 13 in Hampton Roads, VA reports in part that:
"Called "Exercise Blinding Storm" by the United States and "Exercise Rapid Alliance" by the U.K., the training will involve about 30,000
troops from seven nations in exercises off and on the coast of North Carolina.
Dutch marines and French soldiers will take part, as well as a Peruvian submarine and contingents from Germany and Canada. The flotilla is
expected to set sail Tuesday, with the two-week amphibious exercise scheduled to begin June 10.
The British landing platform dock ship Albion has already arrived. It carried four Challenger II battle tanks — the British equivalent of the U.S.
M1-A1 Abrams tank. The tanks will be sent ashore aboard the ship's new landing craft during the exercise.
The biggest British ship — the aircraft carrier Invincible — also has docked with a crew of 1,050. "
We find the names of the exercises interesting. Blinding Storm might be construed to mean that people can't see something that's right in front of
them (we wonder if there is a chemtrails angle to all this?) and Aurora has something to do with electricity in the atmosphere at high latitudes...
but that's only wild speculation. What's not wild speculation is that the news coming off the U.S. Carrier Ronald Reagan is constrained: The
ship's web site is down for reworking: www.reagan.navy.mil...
which is not what I'd expect during a normal exercise....
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.