No US carriers were at sea for the past week. That hasn't happened since World War II

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson departs this week for a deployment, ending a week in which no U.S. Navy carriers were deployed. (Navy photo)At any given time the United States has an aircraft carrier deployed somewhere around the world, usually in a hot spot such as the Persian Gulf or the Western Pacific.

But for the first week of this year, for the first time since World War II, no U.S. aircraft carriers were deployed, anywhere, a Navy spokesman confirmed.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower had been in the Persian Gulf, contributing airpower to the counter-Islamic State campaign in Iraq and Syria. But it returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 30, after a seven-month deployment. And none of the Navy's nine other aircraft carriers was on deployment.

Which is why it appears Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook took the unusual step Thursday of announcing the "routine" deployment of the USS Carl Vinson to the Western Pacific.

The San Diego-based carrier strike group along with its escort ships "will conduct bilateral exercises in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, to include anti-submarine warfare, maneuvering drills, gunnery exercises, and visit board, search and seizure subject-matter expert exchanges," according to Cook.

The unusual gap in carrier presence is due in part to longer-than-expected maintenance for the USS George H.W. Bush, which was supposed to take eight months, but ended up taking 13 months. The Navy blamed the delay on increased wear and tear that resulted from an extended deployment. If it had left when it was supposed to, it would have relieved the Eisenhower in the Gulf.

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looks like another Pearl Harbor in the making.

Many have said that. Before Jan 20th?

Obama has always been an incompetent CIC. I do believe this even extends to treasonous behavior knowing that military responsibilities are grossly neglected. The United States military has been on a war footing since 9/11 and increasingly having to do more with less. This needs to change with President Trump. Getting back to point, the Navy needs to have a buildup reminiscent of the Reagan years. The projection of naval strength is a very valuable foreign policy tool which preserves peace and defends America.

Our HNIC is behind this atrocious weakening of U.S. defense.   You can take that to the bank.

That improper operation of our Naval defensive forces flies in the face of at least two directives in the Constitution, to wit: the preamble in which the Constitution is defined in part as the directive for providing a defensive force for our republic and in Article I, Section 8 that directs the Congress to provide funding for the national defense.  That implies that the Congress is ultimately responsible for the safety and security of our land therefore, the Congress in whole, is as treasonous as our president, being so by the refusal to keep a reasonable degree of security through military deployment.

Not just the navy is weakened. Every aspect is and critical parts are in short supply or unavailable.

This muslim could care less about the USA or the world, make a threat to Russia and make your self vulnerable and invite an attack, screw the consequences do it for Mohumid Camel humper

I am sure that there are people who will come up with different covert ideas as to why but I suspect it is the Budget.

Your only kidding yourself if you think all of this is the budget. Obumer knows exactly what he is doing. Setting us up. Got news for him, it isn't gonna work!

Really, how much does it cost to operate a carrier each day that it is underway vs tied up to the pier? How much was the Navy's budget cut over the last 7 years? What is a OPTAR? What is a Task Force? When a Carrier is in the SouthnChina Sea or the Med is it alone?

I DID NOT SAY THAT OBAMA WASN't responsible. He cut the Military Budget to pay for food stamps and other Government Programs which he says is who we are!

Since we kept the watches daily, fed daily, kept the ship up and running daily, and ready to go at a moment's notice there really was not much difference except food for a fully staffed vessel over the skeleton crews that man a ship during long stops at port, and fuel used when cruising.  

Assuming, that is, that the carrier(s) in question had not been tagged for R&R, although I cannot imagine the entire carrier fleet being in port for long-term operations like that- especially after the spanking that we took at Pearl back in 1941

Pearl Harbor was indeed a disaster, and I certainly don't want to minimize it. Nevertheless, the US had been preparing for an attack, but made understandable errors in doing so. The carriers were out to sea, but much of the remaining Pacific fleet remained harbored at Pearl. The Japanese were well known for sneak submarine attacks, and had sunk several Russian ships harbored at Port Arthur, Manchuria, very early in the twentieth century. The USA more feared such a submarine attack, and a Japanese sub was, in fact, discovered inside the harbor. Most of the aircraft at Hickam Field had been closely gathered to protect against sabotage. The approaching Japanese air attack had been detected on a primitive US radar at Opana Point, but it was so crude (excessively wide pulse width) that the number of aircraft couldn't be distinguished from an expected flight of eleven US B-17s from California, containing inoperative weapons. Above all, Japan had not yet declared war.

In the words of my long-deceased uncle, who guarded the planes at Hickam Field that Sunday and who shot down a Jap plane, "It's a funny thing how all the officers were uptown that am."

He also said they flew so low he "could see the whites of their eyes, and he "could have called them by name" if he had known it.

I never met him.




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Angry Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’: Pam Karlan Donated Thousands To Hillary And Was On Clinton’s List For Potential SCOTUS Nomination

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, kicked off its first impeachment circus Wednesday morning.

The four ‘witnesses’ testifying have never actually witnessed any of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine firsthand — the four witnesses are law professors offering legal analysis.

One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

No wonder why this unhinged, dowdy woman is so pissed off!

“Professor Pam Karlan donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. So she certainly has no vendetta against President Trump,” GOP Rep. Mark Walker said.

Congressman Walker also pointed out that Noah Feldman, the Dems first partisan witness in Wednesday’s hearing tweeted about impeaching Trump right after he was sworn in.

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

Meet Noah Feldman, House Democrats first partisan witness.

Look at the date of this tweet. He has been trying to get @realDonaldTrump impeached since 46 days into his presidency.

His reason? Trump criticized President Obama.

This is a sham impeachment with sham witnesses. 

Noah Feldman @NoahRFeldman

Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment  via @BV

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

The next witness, Karlan, has donated thousands to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

So she certainly has no vendetta against @realDonaldTrump.

These witnesses are as serious as House Democrats impeachment case: not at all.

The entire sham show trial is stacked with partisan hacks who have wanted to impeach Trump from the moment he won in November of 2016.

Norm Eisen, the Democrats’ counsel who is blasting Trump and questioning witnesses in Wednesday’s show trial, tweeted about impeaching Trump before Donald Trump was even sworn into office!

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