No US carrier at sea leaves gap in Middle East

GOLF OBAMA

Jan. 20, 2017 can’t come soon enough.

From Fox News: For the next week, not only will there be no U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East, but there will be no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States.

The carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and her strike group returned to Norfolk, Va., Friday following a seven-month deployment. The Ike launched hundreds of airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria from both the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf.

Two destroyers in the Ike’s strike group also saw combat. The USS Nitze and USS Mason were attacked in the Red Sea when Iranian backed Houthi forces in Yemen launched cruise misisles, which were intercepted by the Mason. A retaliatory strike by the Nitze destroyed the radar installations in Yemen in October.

The Eisenhower’s replacement carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, was delayed by more than six months in the shipyards and will not be able to replace the Ike until early next year, according to Navy officials.

While there is no U.S. aircraft carrier in the Middle East right now, there is a large deck U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship with thousands of Marines on board as well as helicopters and some jets to respond to a crisis, according to officials.

In the meantime, the Navy tells Fox News the U.S. military has other jets available to make up for the aircraft carrier gap in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. The Navy can also “surge” a carrier now in port to deploy if necessary. But the absence of a deployed U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, long seen as a symbol of American power projection, is noteworthy. It is believed to be the first time since World War II that at least one U.S. aircraft carrier has not been deployed.

“We are not going to discuss the timing of operational movements of carrier strike groups into and out of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility,” said Capt. Terry Shannon, a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokesman, in a statement to Fox News. Centcom is tasked with control over all U.S. forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

It’s not the first time there was a carrier gap in the Middle East. Last fall, the U.S. Navy relied on a French aircraft carrier to fill the void when the USS Theodore Roosevelt returned home. At the time it was the first gap in carrier coverage in the Middle East since 2007.

Other factors contribute to the U.S. Navy not having an aircraft carrier deployed anywhere in the world right now. From 2011 to 2013, the Navy maintained two carriers in the Persian Gulf on the orders of Centcom’s then-commander, Gen. James Mattis, who is now President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary.

The congressionally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration have also been felt on the waterfront since 2011. After billions of dollars were cut from the Navy’s budget, ships such as the George H.W. Bush were forced to prolong their time in the shipyards, which had a ripple effect down the line. If the Bush had left the shipyard on time, she would have relieved the Ike in the Gulf or the Mediterranean, officials tell Fox News.

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16 responses to “No US carrier at sea leaves gap in Middle East

  1. This time last year, there were 5 super-carriers tied up in Norfolk. 3 were overdue for nuclear refueling and refit, and the other 2 were short-handed and needed “up-grades” that were postponed due to Budget Cuts.
    Basically Obama wanted to spend the money on other things, and he did.
    So we have this huge collection of Naval assets tied up because Obama spent the “gas money”.

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    • True, and yet we have not seen a budget, or an explanation of where half the stimulus money went, the money for all those green companies,that went belly up, why we are sending more billions to Iran, why billions were taken from the vets to spend on illegals. how so many leave DC multimillionaires. Why is our social services now out spending our safety?
      A few years ago, BO also had several carriers sitting side by side in Conn.
      Makes me believe a huge set up is in the making. I fear for these next three weeks. I hope all orders are given a very slow action.

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    • Déjà vu… just like ’79 and the “hollow force” again:

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  3. Obama is doing his utmost to derail and destroy. Please pray for God’s help that America makes it to Trump’s successful inauguration on Jan. 20.

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  4. I see this, and can only conclude that Obama is inviting our enemies (his friends) to take us out before Trump comes into office. This trick won’t work. God has heard our prayers for this nation, and will complete His healing of our land.

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  5. Kevin J Lankford

    I do think it would be beneficial to the true U.S. citizens any how, to do a search on the truth of the attack on the S.S. Liberty.

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    • A short, concise, and reasonably accurate account:
      http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/israel-attacks-uss-liberty
      There is much more to it. The Israeli knew it was a US ship and knew it was an electronic intelligence gathering ship. It was basically unarmed, only had a few machineguns. The Naval air cover was recalled by order of the President Lyndon B. Johnson, 34 American sailors were killed and 171 wounded in a series of air and torpedo boat attacks. The Captain, William L. McGonagle was wounded but managed to fight off the attacks and keep the ship afloat. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor later.
      The whole thing was hushed up by the Zionist Lobby & LBJ.

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  6. I am very concerned about the amphibious ship with all those Marines on board. Do not be surprised if Obama directs that ship into harm’s way on his way out the door.
    I am hoping against hope that as President, Trump will pursue the prosecution of Barack Obama to the full extent of the Law.

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  7. why do some complain about being the “policeman of the world” then bitch about carriers in home port?

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    • Because carriers are not built to sit in ports. Just long enough to refuel and reload, usually 3 days at most. They are sitting targets and that is why they have so many escort ships with them, they deflect attention.
      A carrier in port is a huge danger.

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  8. Thanks, Democrats!!

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  9. December 7, 1941 ” Attack on Pearl harbor. December 2016 ??? Is Obama looking to give us Pearl harbor II ?????????????????

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  10. Kevin J Lankford

    Many considered the twin towers our second “Pearl Harbor”. Both brought to us by our own ashkenazi owned government.

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  11. Gotta make it through the next 3 weeks…..not an easy thing with this loose canon president in Barak Obama that we have, lately, banging about wildly in every quarter of our governement…from relasing prisoners, to trying to close Gitmo (please everyone…..LOOK and read the US Constitution, Article IV, Section 3—Obama can EMPTY Gitmo…but he CAN NOT CLOSE IT—and there is NO SHORTAGE of Islamic enemies of our country to FILL IT BACK UP again…..) to throwing Israel under the bus, and flailing wildly at the lost Hillary candidacy and his own dwindling days in “power.” ( Did anyone see his weekly youtube address for this week where he bade a seeming ‘good-bye” by saying…in effect…” I am not going away, I’m going to stay in Washington..and I will “fight” for you?” Excuse me while I gag.)

    I am JUST about on the verge of trying to track down someone with Mo Jo…some one from New Orleans or similar…who will sell me some voodoo to make the Clintons and Obamas GO AWAY. What’s your price?

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  12. Can anyone explain to me why on earth there is an aircraft carrier named after that p.o.s. G.H.W.B.
    What’s next ; the U.S.S. Bill Clinton that fires only seminal fluid ?
    Or , the U.S.S. Barack Obama , where the guns are aiming in the wrong direction ?

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