You read it right – Obama just recalled all aircraft carriers back to port. This could potentially mean setting up the USA for an attack. President Obama has just recalled all 10 U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers from the Middle East. This leaves the U.S. vulnerable and wide open to a potential attack.
For the first time ever next week, there are going to be no aircraft carriers stationed anywhere in the world. The last time such thing has happened was World War II.
After a seven-month deployment, the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and her strike group returned to Norfolk, Va. Hundreds of airstrikes against were launched by the Ike against ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. The airstrikes came from the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf.
The group of Ike had two destroyers which were involved in combat as well. The USS Mason and USS Nitze were both attacked in the Red Sea when Houthi forces in Yemen supported by Iraq, launched cruise missiles which were intercepted by the USS Mason. The radar installations in Yemen were destroyed back in October by a retaliatory strike by the Nitze, so the situation was already started.
The USS George H.W Bush, who was the replacement carrier for the Eisenhower, was delayed by more than six months in the shipyards, and won’t be able to take the place of Ike until early next year, state Navy officials.
But although there isn’t a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Middle East at this given moment, there is a large deck U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship containing thousands of Marines on board, a few helicopters and some jets – in case they need to respond to a crisis, say officials.
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In the meantime, the Navy tells SuperStation95 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 SuperStation95. 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.
A SuperStation95 Correspondent recently flew out to the USS George H.W. Bush 40 miles off the coast of North Carolina to see the crew’s final tuneup.
With jets landing every 60 seconds, the flight deck crew worked on getting the time between “traps” (landings) down to 40 seconds.
Aboard the ship, 18- to 22-year-old men and women work 14 hour days on the flight deck, with little rest — all this before deploying and potentially dropping live rounds on ISIS.
“This is the military equivalent of spring training, because once we complete this at the end of December, then we’ll be going forward and it’ll be real forces that we’ll be going flying with and against,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander, Carrier Strike 2, interviewed on his perch above the four-acre flight deck known as “Vulture’s Row.”
In addition to fighting ISIS, the ship’s commanding officer says his crew will be ready to deal with a resurgent Russia or China if necessary.
“While we don’t have any emergent or pending conflicts with them, certainly, it is fair to say that we have divergent interests in many cases, and so we need to be prepared to understand how we will react to that if necessary,” said Capt. Will Pennington.
There is recent history with this ship.
On Aug. 8, 2014, a pair of F-18s from the Bush launched the first airstrikes against ISIS in northern Iraq.
Now, two and a half years later, the ship is headed back to the fight against the Islamic State terror group.
“That doesn’t mean that three months or six months from now, that will be the priority for our country. So we have to be ready to execute anywhere, anytime, any mission,” said Capt. James McCall, commander of Air Wing 8, in charge of all of the aircraft on board.
Overshadowing all of this is the nagging feeling that it’s all a little too coincidental that ALL aircraft carriers are in-port, for a whole week, just before a very unpopular President is supposed to surrender his office. A President who is making false claims of election interference against a Super-Power, Russia.
Said one Admiral in the Pentagon, “I think we’re being set-up for an attack on the USA and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it because it’s our Commander-In-Chief who is doing it.”
Other flag officers expressed other concerns as well. Said one Captain
“In this time, China can take Taiwan and, if they choose, Japan too. North Korea can take South Korea, Russia can take Ukraine and the Arabs can all go attack Israel. By the time the US is able to respond to any of that, it will all be over.”
Beware, America. Barack Obama has put us in a position to be defeated worldwide within a week.