Thursday, December 12, 2019

The U.S. Has 7 Aircrafts Carriers At Sea Right Now

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and ships assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) transit the Atlantic Ocean while conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) on February 16, 2018. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford

Business Insider: The US Navy brags it has 7 carriers at sea — half the fleet was stuck pier-side over a month ago

* The US Navy tweeted Tuesday morning that it had seven of its 11 aircraft carriers out to sea.
* Less than two months ago, the service had around that many flattops stuck pier-side or in the yard for maintenance, malfunctions, and other issues.
* Four of the carriers previously stuck pier-side— the Harry S. Truman, John C. Stennis, Eisenhower, and Gerald R. Ford — are now underway.

The US Navy bragged on social media Tuesday morning that it currently has seven aircraft carriers underway, a major improvement over the situation in late October, when half the carrier fleet was in a non-deployable state.

"The Navy has 7 aircraft carriers underway today. NBD," the Navy Chief of Information (CHINFO) tweeted Tuesday in a humble-brag; "NBD" is an acronym for "no big deal."

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WNU Editor: It has been a long time since seven aircraft carriers were at sea. 


Fusion said...

And they can all be chased away by a few small Iranian boats apparently.

B.Poster said...

This isn't surprising. A US aircraft carrier and its support vessels aren't going to stand much of a chance against the maneuverable and fast Iranian "speedboats." While sinking the aircraft carrier wouldn't likely be much of a challenge for the Iranian Navy, dealing with the aftermath could be. The US and Iran would almost certainly be in hot war after such an event.

Iran could miscalculate. IMHO an Iranian miscalculation would be the most likely event leading to a broader military confrontation in the Middle East that would likely spread elsewhere.

While they can be chased away by a few Iranian boats, the other six aren't likely to face this type of threat. In order to determine whether the deployments make sense, the mission of each one would need to be examined. In the case of the USS Abraham Lincoln, deployment of the aircraft into the Persian Gulf in a defacto war zone that is likely teeming with Iranian speedboats did not make sense. Such a move had little to no upside potential along with huge downside risks.

When "push came to shove" the only viable options for the Carrier, the support vessels, abs their crews were to turn tail or have the aircraft sunk should this be the Iranian choice.

Who ordered this deployment? Did POTUS order this and, if so, was he given bad advice. Was he given sound advice and chose to ignore it?

Bob Huntley said...

Interesting comment. Thanks.