Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bush ready to strike !

Bush getting ready to strike !

WOW ... almost everything that can carry a Marine is now at sea. Enough stuff is now out to fully outfit an ADDITIONAL FIVE (5) Marine Expeditionary Strike Forces.

All 8 LSD's are out

6 of the 8 LPD's are out (1 was scheduled for retirement this spring and another 1 in Aug so I don't even know those two (2) are capable of going to sea)

4 of our 7 LHD's (new model mini carrier) and 3 of our 5 LHA (old model mini carrier) are out (enough for one for each real and each potential ESG).

The Marines are MOVING.


http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/news/.www/status.html as of January 17, 2006:

Carriers: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - Pacific Ocean USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Pacific Ocean

Command Ships: USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) - Atlantic Ocean

Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) [13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) (SOC)] USS Tarawa (LHA 1) - Indian Ocean USS Cleveland (LPD 7) - Indian Ocean USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) - Indian Ocean

Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) [22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) (SOC)] USS Nassau (LHA 4) - Arabian Sea USS Austin (LPD 4) - Persian Gulf USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) - Arabian Sea

Amphibious Warfare Ships:

USS Peleliu (LHA 5) - Pacific Ocean USS Essex (LHD 2) - Pacific Ocean USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Pacific Ocean USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Atlantic Ocean USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Atlantic Ocean USS Ogden (LPD 5) - Pacific Ocean USS Juneau (LPD 10) - East China Sea USS Nashville (LPD 13) - Atlantic Ocean USS San Antonio (LPD 17) - Gulf of Mexico USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) - Atlantic Ocean USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) - Pacific Ocean USS Comstock (LSD 45) - Pacific Ocean USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) - East China Sea USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) - Atlantic Ocean USS Germantown (LSD 42) - Pacific Ocean

Could Iran (or somewhere else) be about to "go hot?" We're watching for the last few days of the month into first week of Feb in part because of the movement of forces, partly because of the dark of the moon then, and because the web bots say something unexpected is coming around then... Now, place your bets: Is this a bluff?



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