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Xintao Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 7:42 a.m. PST



richarDISNEY03 Jan 2013 7:49 a.m. PST

That pic is now my desktop.

RazorMind03 Jan 2013 7:52 a.m. PST


whoa Mohamed Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 7:55 a.m. PST

I totaly have to say the ref to Pearl made me a little queasy tho….Mikey

Only Warlock Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 7:56 a.m. PST

Why is 50% of our carrier fleet in port? That is highly unusual. What are we not covering?

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 8:09 a.m. PST

Probably in port for refit/rest---very high optempo in past year!!

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 8:09 a.m. PST

Warlock…if I said anything it would be Blue Fez and i'd be DH'ed…

I think you can figure it out…

Personal logo vtsaogames Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 8:37 a.m. PST

I fly into and out of Norfolk every year as part of my vacation on the Outer Banks. In 1990 it was absolutely chock full of ships like I've never seen before or since (though it seems mighty full now). Two weeks later they were all gone. That's when I knew we were going to war over Kuwait.

Murphy, buy that empty stool a drink.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 9:01 a.m. PST

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Jan 2013 9:39 a.m. PST

I remember when Alamedia looked like that, sigh

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 11:15 a.m. PST

So if the attack squadrons of Nagamo's fleet gated in their radio call would be "Climb Mt Nitaka whole bunches of times!!!" And …"Tora, Tora, Tora, Tora, Tora, Tora, TooooooooooooRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAA!!"

And what would a flight of Tupolev Bears radio?

And if Nelson's Squadron gated in from Aboukir Bay….

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 1:15 p.m. PST

The Israeli Air Force would radio: "Torah! Torah! Torah!"

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 1:16 p.m. PST

My four-year-old daughter, with her co-pilot Boots the monkey would radio "Dora! Dora! Dora!"

ashill203 Jan 2013 1:19 p.m. PST

If the US falls over that 'fiscal cliff' these ships might stay in port for good! Anyway, that's what I call a navy, wish it was the RN. Why are so many US ships named after politicians? I much prefer the RN's names such as: Victorious, Eagle, Vanguard, Warspite, Dreadnaught, Cossack, Zulu, Swiftsure …..

Lion in the Stars Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 1:48 p.m. PST

Why is 50% of our carrier fleet in port? That is highly unusual. What are we not covering?

No, it's pretty normal to have 2/3rds of the fleet 'in port.' One third is deployed. One third is in major refit, and the last third are in work-ups to get deployed, so they're close to port.

nsolomon99 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 1:54 p.m. PST

Wow! Lot of money sitting at anchor right there! And think of the amount of accumulated expertise and skill in the thousands of crew, the human assets, this picture represents. Impressive.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 2:47 p.m. PST

They're converting them to starships….with transformable fighters…and cloaking devices, Ubitron Interface Modules, Krell Learning Device, Photon Phanny Whammers, spitfire violators, mayhem convertors, mark 1 Simple Blasters, not to mention The Few, The Proud and the Unusual.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 5:34 p.m. PST

The Russians would shout, "Udar!" which is technically, 'Strike' but it is what they yell when they launch ASMs.

jgibbons03 Jan 2013 5:52 p.m. PST

Thats a lot of deck acreage….

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 9:55 p.m. PST

Thank you, TGerritsen.

Greywing Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 5:18 a.m. PST

I hope Ike just got in. She could use a little paint.

Artraccoon05 Jan 2013 1:17 p.m. PST

It gives me great idea for a Zeon assault game objective! "Yukon" deployed Naval Infantry, SpecOps and naval MS in attack to seize those naval assets or destroy them to weaken the Earth Fed's sea power.

Charlie 1205 Jan 2013 2:23 p.m. PST

A little reality check here… Of the 5 'big decks' pictured, one is H. W. Bush which is still working up (and not active) and another is Enterprise which decommissioned last year. So only 3 are active duty 'decks'. Out here in San Diego you normally see 1-2 of the carriers tied up and once in awhile 3.

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2013 6:04 p.m. PST


Thank you for posting. I drove past this scene two weeks ago in Norfolk and was going to comment in TMP, but your photos speak a thousand words.

Whatever happened to the Reagan-era concept of "homeporting," designed to spread the risk in the event of an enemy attack? The concentration of so many key assets in a single place shows that we are no wiser than we were on the morning of December 7, 1941. If anything, our leadership is even more negligent.

Lion in the Stars Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2013 7:17 p.m. PST

As mentioned, that's only 3 active-duty carriers. There are actually more flat-tops in Bremerton right now, but they're all inactive.

Remember that the US only has 11 active-duty carriers.

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