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Originally posted by thebulldog
reply to post by CommandoJoe
This was a well reasoned and thoughtful post and though I have nothing to add to the discussion I thought a little recognition of a diplomatic post was warranted.
Originally posted by schuyler
No Big Deal. Really. This happens every six months or so like clockwork. The Harry S Truman, CVN-75 and its entire strike group, about a dozen ships is headed for the 5th fleet area of operations to relieve the Dwight D Eisenhower, CVN-69.
There is ALWAYS, repeat, ALWAYS a Carrier Strike Group and an Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Group (MEG) on station near the Red Sea. They need relieved every few months. East Coast based carriers nearly always traverse the Suez Canal to go on station. West Coast carriers usually come from the other direction.
A Carrier Strike Group is composed on a carrier plus several support ships including several Arleigh-Burke class destroyers, at least one Cruiser (which these days is really just a slightly larger destroyer), a fast combat support ship for supplies, and a fast attack submarine. This configuration uses the coordinated Aegis defense system basically to protect the carrier.
MEG is basically Marines with helicopters and and amphibious vessels based on an LHA or LHD, which is basically a carrier for choppers. They are a little smaller than the CVNs (60,000 or so tons instead of 100,000) They are capable of making a ground assault like on Iwo Jima. Once again, there is always one of these with support ships in the Fifth Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Just wait. In a few days the Eisenhower will be headed home. The only time you need to be concerned about this kind of ship movement is if three carrier strike groups are in the same place at the same time. That is significant and worth your consideration.
This is not.
Originally posted by SquirrelNutz
Originally posted by Marrr
REPORT : 12 U.S Battleships & 1 Israeli Vessel Cross Suez Canal Towards Red Sea
We haven't had any Battleships on active duty for well over a decade.
U.S deploys battleships ahead of controversial North Korean long-range missile test
[3 months ago]
Originally posted by cosmicpixie
...Interesting timing with the Iranian ships having just set sail . I can't find any other articles about it on google news yet but this is only just coming out I gather . Can we try and find out the name of these ships, when they set sail, where they were stationed before making their way here - what is this all about, is America flexing its muscles here ?
I am hearing the drums.....
Originally posted by princeofpeace
You, my friend are EXACTLY right. Nothing to see here-this is routine....like my man says, if you see 3 carrier groups then its time to start paying attention.
Originally posted by pirhanna
you might remember that Saudi Arabia green lighted the passage of Israeli aircraft over it's territory for use in an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. This is likely part of that same strategic deployment.