No USN Aircraft Carriers deployed anywhere
The news from Fox was stunning: for at least the next week there will be no U.S. Aircraft Carriers deployed anywhere in the world, in spite of the threats to the United States.
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its strike group left the Arabian Gulf for Norfolk, and is expected to arrive today, December 30. It’s supposed replacement carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, is still in in the shipyard and not expected to deploy until sometime next year – after Trump’s inauguration.
Was that a smart move? Whose idea was it? It all comes down to budget cuts.
There have been short gaps in the carriers who deploy to the Arabian Gulf as one leaves and another steams toward assignment, this time ALL of them are gone from everywhere at once.
Last year, the U.S. Navy utilized a French Aircraft Carrier to fill in the gap when the USS Theodore Roosevelt went home.
Never fear, the Marines are here
Fortunately, on October 14, 2016 sailors and a plethora of US Marines deployed to the Middle East and Western Pacific aboard the USS Makin Island, amphibious transport dock ship, USS Somerset, and amphibious dock landing ship, USS Comstock.
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group carries about 2,600 Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and nearly 1,900 sailors, as well as the ‘Blackjacks’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and detachments from Assault Craft Unit 5. The 11th MEU is based out of Camp Pendleton, California.
Danger to the U.S.
With tensions rising in the South China Sea, and attacks on US ships by Iranian vessels, it’s not a very good time reduce American naval forces in the Middle East or Western Pacific.
At least with the Marine Corps at ready in the region, there is an fully capable alternative. They don’t call ’em “Devil Dogs” for nothing.
Plus, the Navy says if they need a carrier, they’ll snag one out of the shipyard.[Featured photo of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is a U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Rafael Martie/Released]